Amsterdam

Climate adaptation

RESILIO - Resilience nEtwork of Smart Innovative cLImate-adapative rOoftops

“We need to prepare our city for extreme weather caused by climate change. These innovative smart green roofs with enhanced water retention will be installed on 10.000 m2 roof of social housing complexes in Amsterdam. I am very proud that residents of Amsterdam who don’t own a house, now can enjoy the benefits of these innovative roofs. With this project, we hope to set an example in Europe for how innovation can go hand in hand with social environmental justice.”

Laurens Ivens, Deputy Mayor responsible for Housing, Construction, and Public Space
The project in numbers
10,000m2
of smart blue green roofs will be built to increase Amsterdam’s rainwater resilience and reduce urban heat effect and energy consumption at building level
96
urban areas of Amsterdam are highly vulnerable to flood damage from extreme rain fall
1500
residents of all socioeconomic levels will be engaged in the development of their residential areas
EUR 4,814,248.00
Total ERDF budget granted
Challenge addressed

Amsterdam is experiencing the effects of climate change: flash floods due to heavy rainfall, higher temperatures and increased droughts. The RESILIO project aims to address critical urban climate challenges related to flooding, heat, water supply, energy consumption and urban livability by repurposing the rooftops of climate-vulnerable neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. The 10,000m2 area of smart blue green roofs is expected to help the city adapt to climate change by reducing impacts of heavy rain, urban heat island effect and drought while improving building insulation, biodiversity and quality of life.

Solution proposed

Amsterdam is going to build smart blue green roofs on 10,000m2 of which at least 8,000 m2 will be on social housing rooftops. Blue stands for water, green for plants. On these roofs extra water can be stored under the green plant layer. This water buffer layer reduces the chance of damage to houses and their surroundings in case of heavy rain and increases the cooling effect and survival rate of the plant layer in case of drought.  The roofs have a “smart flow control” that anticipates heavy rain or drought, releasing or retaining water accordingly. The roofs are connected in a network, enabling remote regulation of rooftop water levels based on weather forecasts and water management settings. RESILIO builds upon 5 years of R&D of smart blue green roof technology done by several of the project partners. After proven success of single blue green roofs across Amsterdam, RESILIO will build a smart grid of roofs enabling real time data exchange for dynamic water levels. Thus, an entirely new scale and type of adaptive urban water management is created for the first time in Europe and across the world.

Partnership
  • City of Amsterdam
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam - higher education and research institute
  • Vrije Universiteit - higher education and research institute
  • Waternet - public water management company
  • MetroPolder Company - SME
  • Consolidated - SME
  • Stadgenoot - social housing company
  • De Key - social housing company
  • De Alliantie - social housing company
  • Rooftop Revolution - foundation
Expected results

Four pilot locations with social housing complexes will become smart neighbourhood networks and act as functional rainwater buffers covering 10.000m2. This will increase Amsterdam’s rainwater resilience, by adding 5600m3 of water managed over a year without any damage. Regular roofs turned into blue green roofs should reduce urban heat effect, energy consumption at building level, sewer overflows, urban flooding.  They will provide more urban green spaces thereby increasing biodiversity and citizen wellbeing. To verify the impacts of the project, there will be an established monitoring plan, with studies in the realms of social, fiscal, hydrological, climate adaptive and energy saving aspects. Empowering 1500 residents of all socioeconomic levels to engage through bottom-up and co-creation approach will advance resilient climate strategies and governance.

The project in numbers
10,000m2
of smart blue green roofs will be built to increase Amsterdam’s rainwater resilience and reduce urban heat effect and energy consumption at building level
96
urban areas of Amsterdam are highly vulnerable to flood damage from extreme rain fall
1500
residents of all socioeconomic levels will be engaged in the development of their residential areas
EUR 4,814,248.00
Total ERDF budget granted
Contact of the project
Age Niels Holstein
Project manager
Leon Kapetas
UIA Expert

Project news

Resilio News

Tom (34) realized his own sustainable house with a blue-green RESILIO roof

In 2017, Tom Kuster (34) and his partner applied with a group for a building plot in the Bajeskwartier in Amsterdam East through a CPC: collective pri...
The Decision Support System

The technology behind the smart blue-green roofs – The Decision Support System

In the Netherlands we have a long tradition in water management. Nowadays, we tend to not only fight the water, we try to work with the water for exam...
A citizen event on a RESILIO Blue Green roof

Engaging citizens in the development of multi-purpose Nature Based Solutions: how the RESILIO blue-green roofs project connects with communities

Why, how and when to engage citizens in the development of NBS? what are the challenges of engagement to be aware off?...
RESILIO's Journal #2

RESILIO's Journal #2: From planning to development

This is the 2nd Journal article describing progress of the RESILIO activities and associated implementation challenges. The purpose is to provide a nu...
Inundation depths and bottleneck locations (in purple) during Rainproof event in Slotermeer

Assessing the hydraulic performance of Blue-Green Infrastructure: the case study of Amsterdam's adaptive smart network blue-green roofs

A stepped process to evaluate the true potential of adaptive-blue green roofs for reducing flood risk ...
A smart blue-green roof at an office block in the Amsterdam Zuidas area (photo credits: De Dakdokters)

Blue-Green roofs as accessible space in a 1.5-meter distance world?

Photo of the De Boel smart blue-green roof at Amsterdam Zuid (photo credits: De Dakdokters)...
resilio project news

RESILIO’s first research roof has opened

On the 25th of June, the first smart blue-green roof of the RESILIO project was opened by Amsterdam’s alderman Mr. Ivens, responsible for Housing, Con...
RESILIO Journal:

RESILIO Journal: developing a network of innovative and smart rooftops in the city of Amsterdam

Through an analysis and contextualization of the 7 implementation challenges, UIA expert Leon Kapetas presents the RESILIO project, which aims to deve...
A smart blue-green roof at an office block in the Amsterdam Zuidas area

Smart Blue-Green Roofs of Amsterdam: Why you should be interested and how to get involved in the RESILIO project

RESILIO is the new Climate Adaptation project that takes place in Amsterdam and will install 10,000 m2 of Blue-Green Roofs on social housing complexes...

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