About Us

About Us

Who we are

The founding green roof associations of Austria, Germany and Switzerland established the European Federation of Green Roof and Living Wall Associations (EFB) in 1997. Since then the following associations have joined: Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, England, Spain and Serbia. As of 2019 there are 15 member associations in EFB. The Federation and its national members actively promote the use of green roofs and green facades throughout Europe. Such technologies are known to provide better quality of life for towns and cities by returning sealed surfaces back to nature.

By organizing urban green infrastructure conferences over Europe (EUGIC) the transfer of knowledge becomes enhanced. In 2015 the first European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference took place in Vienna with great success, followed by Budapest in 2017 and London in 2019. Within the last years working groups supported by the European Commission intensified and Green Roof and wall Technologies became part of Horizon 2020 projects across Europe. Currently the EFB has started a market research initiative to generate a comprehensive market report for the greening industry (2018-2019).

Vision & Mission

Liveable – safe – green: cities for future generations

The Federation and its national members actively promote the use of green roofs and green facades throughout Europe. Such technologies are known to provide better quality of life for towns and cities by returning sealed surfaces back to nature and help with Climate Change Adaptation. In 2018 the European Parliament and the Council amended the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and the Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency. In this light, green roofs and walls can contribute even more by improving  building’s energy performances and help meeting other  important targets like renewable Energies development.

Board

President

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Dusty Gedge

United Kingdom

Urban Ecologist, Speaker and Conference Host for Green Roofs and Living Walls in Europe. His main focus is on Greenroof and Livingwall Policy related work and he has been guiding numerous Cities in Europe in related processes.

Vice Presidents

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Vera Enzi

Austria

Landscape Architecture and Planning. She is a technology expert, speaker, consultant and trainer in Green Roofs, Living Walls, Permeable Green Paving, Rainwater Management, Indoor Greenery and Raingardens.

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Pavel Dostal

Czech Republic

International politics and diplomacy, now running green roof family business.  He has a great knowledge of how to support cities to set up strategy plans, policy work and subsidies.

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Paulo Palha

Portugal

Working as a green roof expert, landscape designer and research on green roofs and green walls issues he just published a world wide map of all the existing green roof policies.

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Fiona Wolff

Germany

Studied landscapeusing with the focus on green roofs. She organizies events, like the World Congress of Greening Buildings and brings stakeholders together.

Steering Committee

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Maurizio Crasso

Italy

Geologist and green roof contractor. He is involved in working on standards and set up a research group focusing on green roofs. He gives lectures and seminars at universities and participate as a speaker at national and international conferences.

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Simon Perneel

Belgium

Green roof expert.

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Marta Weber

Poland

Scientist at the Institute of Landscape Architecture at the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life.

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Danica Lacarc

Serbia

Architect. She worked as strategic planner and is currently working with the city of Novi Sad to set up a strategy plan for the city.

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Julian Briz

Spain

Researcher and Lector with the focus on market research and socioeconomic affairs, governance of local policies, publishing papers and books. He is currently involved in developing a Living Lab on Urban Farming and Green Infrastructure.

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Peter Dezsenyi

Hungary

Horticulturist and expert in urban green infrastructure. He is a specialist in green roofs and green walls and has realize many projects

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Francois Lassalle

France

His background and skills concerns especially the relationship between local climate, biotope and plants in the frame of extensive green roofs.

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Tobias Emilsson

Scandinavia

Researcher. The primarly focus has been on issues related to substrate on different green roof systems. Besides teaching at the SLU he also has been involved in developing the Swedish handbook and guidelines for green roof installation.