To cover cities
with Green!

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GENESIS is a research project promoted by Instituto Superior Técnico, Instituto Superior de Agronomia and University of Aveiro.

The project is funded by FCT - Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, project PTDC/GESURB/29444/2017.

Recent Publications


- Published: Manso, M., Sousa, V., Silva, C. M., Cruz, C. O. The role of green roofs in post COVID-19 confinement: An analysis of willingness to pay. Journal of Building Engineering. 2021, 44, 103388.


- Published: Rafael, S., Correia, L.P., Ascenso, A., Augusto, B., Lopes, D., Miranda, A. I. Are green roofs the path to clean air and the low carbon cities?. Science of the Total Environment. 2021, 798,149313.


- Published: A. P. Almeida, T. Liberalesso, C. M. Silva, V. Sousa, “Dynamic modelling of rainwater harvesting with green roofs in university buildings”, Journal of Cleaner production. 2021, 312, 127655.

- Published: I. Teotónio, C. M. Silva, C. O. Cruz, “Economics of Green Infrastructures: A Literature Review”, Sustainable Cities and Society,  69,  102781, 2021.


To support decision makers to make robust and informed decisions regarding the real economic value of green roofs/walls solutions.

Additionally, to help design effective incentive mechanisms able to significantly leverage the large-scale develpment of such systems.


To enhance cost-benefit analysis of green roofs and green walls and develop a comprehensive and systematic model for balancing environmental, economic and social benefits of green roofs and walls with the underlying extra costs, in a life cycle perspective.

Next / Recent Events


Rainfall event simulation on Green Roofs

IST, University of Lisbon

Take a look at what's going on!

Ongoing tests on green roofs

IST, University of Lisbon

Our team has been analyzing the vegetation development, rainfall retention capacity and surface temperature of green roof test beds with variations in vegetation and substrate composition. 

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24th September 2021 

European Researchers Night

A more sustainable city: designing Lisbon with the SDG colors

The GENESIS project is part of the 2021 European Researchers´ Night in Lisbon.

We invite people of all ages to envision aspects of a more sustainable Lisbon, drawing colorful proposals on our wall with the drawing of views of the city of Lisbon!

Location: Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência - 1st Floor

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