LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN - Application of Nature-Based Solutions for local adaptation of educational and social buildings to Climate Change

LIFE17 CCA/ES/000088

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Project description:


Climate change is now recognised as one of the most serious environmental, social and economic challenges facing the world. The IPCC's Fifth Report (2014) highlighted that many of the areas most at risk from climate change are found in urban centres. Implementing measures that enhance resilience and enable sustainable development can accelerate adaptation to climate change.

Over the coming decades climate change will add to the pressure on Europe's schools and colleges as well as its social service centres. The impacts of climate change, such as heat waves and changes in annual and seasonal rainfall, are affecting the health and well-being of children and elderly people who are the main users of these types of centres.


The overall objective of the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project is to contribute to increasing the resilience of social buildings and educational centres by implementing nature-based solutions as prototypes of climate adaptation and improved well-being.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Improve knowledge on the development, assessment and monitoring of vulnerability to climate change of buildings by developing and testing a common, ready-to-use method in the southern, western, central and northern European regions;
  • Analyse and verify the impact of nature-based solutions as measures to adapt to climate change in three pilot buildings;
  • Promote sustainable ecosystem-based adaptation measures and increase the capacity to apply such knowledge in practice through dissemination and demonstration workshops;
  • Promote the governance of regional authorities, directors and building managers, and the construction sector to integrate natured-based solutions as part of measures to promote sustainable adaptation in buildings; and
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a common EU policy on adaptation to climate change by transferring best practices and knowledge to target groups and stakeholders.
  • Expected results:

  • Nature-based solutions applied to three pilot buildings (two educational centres and one social services centre), including the drawing up of construction projects and the monitoring of the climatic parameters;
  • Four reference reports and seven good practice manuals on the application of nature-based solutions in public buildings for the four climatic risk areas of the EU;
  • 15 government agreements and 10 inter-municipal programmes, along with the integration of nature-based solutions into 10 regulations, action plans and environmental programmes;
  • 20% reduction of CO2 emissions (27 tonnes per year) and 7% reduction of NOx (144 kg per year) at the project sites;
  • Collection of 2 700 m3 of rainfall;
  • 50% reduction of the irrigation water consumption for each building (4.5m3 per year);
  • 0.5 ha increase in the size of the green areas for each building; and
  • 50% reduction of energy costs for cooling and 10% for heating, amounting to €1 000 per building.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Adaptation - Resilient communities


building industry‚  nature-based solutions

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • COM(2013) 249 final “Communication from the Commission on Green Infrastructure (GI) - Enhancing E ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Type of organisation Research institution
Description The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Related to the Spanish ministry of economy and competitiveness, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress.
Partners Diputación de Badajoz, Spain CIMAC - Comunidade Intermunicipal do Alentejo Central, Portugal Municipio do Porto, Portugal FUNDACIÓN CARTIF, Spain


Project reference LIFE17 CCA/ES/000088
Duration 01-SEP-2018 to 31-AUG -2022
Total budget 2,854,102.00 €
EU contribution 1,697,369.00 €
Project location Extremadura(España) Norte(Portugal) Alentejo(Portugal)


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