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Flourishing life in industrial zones

Would you like to fill your company site with life? That’s a great idea, as naturally designed industrial zones that attract wildlife play an important role in promoting nature in cities. They are places with great potential, as they provide ample space to get creative: Buildings, roofs, forecourts, green spaces - they all provide ways to create flowered areas and habitations and thus to promote biodiversity. Natural company premises are also better embedded into their surroundings. Harness the potential of the redesign for communication; inform your customers and involve all employees. They will be pleased to see the added quality of spending time outside, which will create a valuable social space.

Target species

Dwarf Russian almond

Globe thistle

Italian tree cricket

Sand lizard

Tawny mining bee

Viper’s bugloss or blueweed

Good to know

  • Ecologically valuable spaces are almost always lower maintenance than their counterparts (a flower meadow can tolerate weeds that would be a problem elsewhere).
  • Foyers should be appealing to visitors coming in. A natural design is not a contradiction here. Many groundcover plants and flowering shrubs are valuable plants for insects.
  • A diverse range of brownfields may occur, where even rare wild herbs can grow.
  • Roof greening has great potential for nature in your company: Water retention, particulate suppression, noise reduction, and a sea of flowers.
  • Reduce sealed areas to the bare necessities! Parking lots, pathways, and storage areas should be set up as permeable alternatives.

What does the City of Vienna do?

Have you ever thought of roof greening or increasing substrate? The City of Vienna - Environmental Protection department subsidises roof greening up to a maximum of 20,000 euros.
Stadt Wien: Dachbegrünung Förderungsantrag(wien.gv.at)


Green oases can exist even in industrial zones! The City of Vienna - Environmental Protection department awards a prize for them:
Plakette Naturnahe Grünoase der Stadt Wien (wien.gv.at)

Vibrant traffic spaces as flowered areas

Soil sealing cuts animals and plants out of their habitats; and such soils cannot absorb rainwater. This increases surface draining and flood hazards in events of heavy rainfall. In summer, it increases the heat stress on the entire area. Many traffic spaces such as parking lots, courtyards, access ways, driveways, and storage areas need not be sealed at all. If opened and replaced with water-permeable alternatives, the soil can breathe again, low plants will appear, rainwater can be absorbed, and the micro-climate will improve.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.



How to get active

Unsealed paths

Species-rich seepage basin

For larger sealed areas such as parking lots, rainwater seepage must be guaranteed. A greened seepage basin is a great possibility:

Unsealed parking lots

In most cases, parking lots can be installed with water-permeable solutions. Possible solutions are, for instance, gravel or crushed stone coverings, gravel turfs, grass pavers, and lawn lattice stones.

Further browsing :

How to promote birds that nest on buildings and bats

For centuries, birds and bats have been living close to or even under same roof with us. We enjoy their chirps and twitters and admire their daring flight manoeuvres through the urban canyons. This is urban nature at our fingertips. Together, we can make sure it stays this way.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.


Overview and tips:

Expert information materials:


House Martin special:

Where can I spot animals that nest on buildings?

Are you planning a façade refurbishment or a roof extension?

Contact us while you are still in your planning phase! Together, we can find solutions for your flying house mates:

City of Vienna - Environmental Protection
Department: Spatial development

Website: http://www.umweltschutz.wien.at
E-Mail: raum@ma22.wien.gv.at

Phone: +43 1 4000 73540

Other measures


Wild and overgrown corner/margin as habitations

Kleingewässer mit Libelle

Aquatic micro-habitats