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Sustainability is capitalized at SIMACEK and I am delighted that SIMACEK Romania has implemented such an interesting project in this field.

Ursula Simacek, CEO, SIMACEK Facility Management

The advantages of the use of green roofs comprise the efficient management of rainwater, the reduction of energy consumption, the improvement of air quality, the increase of the acoustic insulation level of buildings. A development of this kind represents a remedy for the urban pollution of the atmosphere and contributes to a better, healthier life environment and at the same time increases the value of the property. We are honored to be among the 34 Romanian companies which have benefitted of funding through the Norwegian Grants, and we are pleased to represent the sector of green space development in a project of ‘Innovation in the Green Industry in Romania

Karácsonyi Noémi, CEO, SIMACEK Gardening

Within the project, we will focus our attention on the extensive green roof, which is considered to be an ecological roof. Due to its reduced weight, this kind of roof can be easily installed even on existing buildings, like apartment buildings or light constructions, meaning that in our country we can already talk about a large number of buildings with greening potential, without considering the buildings currently being built, which largely are designed from the very beginning with green roofs. The main target of the research is to determine the requirements which have to be met by this kind of development in the climate conditions in Romania and how should the characteristics of the layers forming the green roof system be adapted to the local conditions. The result would lead to an ecologically and economically efficient green roof.

Negura Marina, Executive Director, SIMACEK Gardening

Nowegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research NIBIO (BIOFORSK until 1. July 2015) has cooperation with SIMACEK Gardening in a project for research of local storm water disposition. The aim is to examine plant species and adaptations of the growing substrate for maximum water retention and good plant growth. In Norway, 18 green roofs are established outdoor in order to study the effect of substrate and mixing different species. Soil depths for different species will also be tested. Some of the growing medium and substrate experiments are made in greenhouses. The mini roofs were irrigated to runoff and are weighed twice a week. This will be done during two periods in summer conditions in the greenhouse. The outcome of the project will be a specification of green roof designs, aiming at optimal performance related to water retention and aesthetic values.

Arne Sæbø, Department Manager, NIBIO