MicroSCHOOLclimate – bioclimatic approaches from bioengineering and vegetation technologies for convenient learning spaces in Vienna and Lower Austria.


– bioclimatic approaches from bioengineering and vegetation technologies for convenient learning spaces in Vienna and Lower Austria.

The topic of the project “MicroSCHOOLclimate” is future-oriented and deals with the microclimate of learning spaces in urban and in rural areas. The term microclimate describes climatic conditions which effect humans directly.

Particularly, a dense building development and large-scale sealing of the ground leads to higher temperatures in urban areas than in rural areas. Against the background of the global effects of climate change and urbanisation new solutions and approaches to raise the quality of life in intra‑urban areas are necessary. Thereby, plants play an important role: Vegetation cools the surrounding by evaporation and increases the air humidity. Hence, plants contribute to humans´ well-being and enhance the quality of life in cities.

The project “MicroSCHOOLclimate” targets to achieve the following objectives in 14 (pre-)school educational institutions in Vienna and Lower Austria:

  • Raising the pupils´ awareness for the topics “microclimate – vegetation – urban climate – climate change and interactions and relations to local and global environmental situations as well as particularly in respect of the specific school location and surrounding”
  • Sensitisation for the services of plants and their positive effects on the microclimate of the school surrounding and in urban areas
  • Age appropriate as well as gender and diversity sensible impartation of specialist topics like microclimate e.g. microclimatic aspects at schools, in the rural and urban areas.
  • Sensorial teaching and teaching in the context of the school surrounding: excursions, research workshops and closing presentations

Children and adolescents get the possibility to research and experiment actively. Climatic aspects of the school´s surrounding are compared to climate aspects of areas in Vienna or the suburbs. In excursions possible opportunities to experience the thematic field „climate” in everyday school life and how to implement the topic in an experimental way are demonstrated. Interactions between the microclimate, the city climate and climate change to plant care and use as well as habitat preferences are shown. The positive effects of plants on the bioclimate of the school surrounding can be experienced directly by the pupils through experimental arrangements. The present project paves the way to think beyond just tailored and experience-oriented designs of school surroundings by including bioclimatic approaches through a purposeful use of plants and green structures into the planning.

Further information is available in German or please contact: office@b-nk.at.

broschure with teaching materials (in German)

period: August 2015 – November 2016
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Dopheide e.U.
Universität für Bodenkultur, Institut für Landschaftsbau und Ingenieurbiologie
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)

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