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Linz begins summer 2021 preparations

Local authorities promote the creation of additional greenery in order to combat the summer heats

  • October 12, 2020 19:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Source: Stadt Linz

Due to the adverse effects of climate change, summer heats have turned from a mere occurrence into a full-blown problem for many cities across Europe. The heatwaves during the summer months are now seen as a challenge that must be addressed by authorities around the continent as they tinker with solutions meant to bring temperatures in cities down in order to protect their citizens and especially those considered to be most vulnerable.

Linz thinking ahead

In the Austrian city of Linz, authorities are already planning for the problems that summer 2021 will bring – namely the high temperatures that adversely impact the health of locals. The problems, according to authorities are especially pronounced in urban centres. Officials aim to address the problem by promoting the creation of additional greenery on buildings, which would stabilize the temperature swings across the urban area.

As explained by Linz’s government in the inner city, in particular, facades and roofs heat up strongly and only release the stored heat slowly at night. Meanwhile, green roofs and facades provide a sorely needed remedy for these urban heat islands that are created during the summer.

In winter, on the other hand, the plants help insulate the building and thus save heating costs. If the greening measures are then carried out properly, there will also be no damage to the building fabric itself, making the greening an efficient and well-worth solution to many climate-related problems.

The city of Linz is therefore promoting the expansion of greenery on buildings by creating green roofs or facades with grants of up to 15,000 euros. In addition, the experts at the Town Hall will be available to provide free advice on the different options to all those who are eager to take part in such climate-friendly projects.

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