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Biodiversity Orientated Premises

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BiodiversityOrientated Premises

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Green light for insects:Insect-friendly outdoor lightingMore and more light disturbs the darkness of the night. Outdoor lighting of commercial buildings can interrupt the natural rhythm of nocturnal species such as hedgehogs and nocturnal insects and bats. Insects get attracted by bright light and die because of high heat or exhaustion. Especially open lamps shining towards the sky attract animals.First of all, thelighting requirementsshould be determined and reduced if possible. Where lighting is required, companies can useinsect-friendly LED light sourcesthat are covered at the top and emit warm white light.Motion detectors furtherminimise light pollution and reduce energy consumption.

Refreshing: PondsBiodiversity-oriented open waters offerattractive and cool places for employees to relax,especially in summer. In asustainable rainwater managementyou must not discharge rainwater into the sewage system, but use and retain on the company premises. A pond with natural surroundings such as gravel or sandy areas, wildflower meadows, natural stones and dead wood elements offers a variety of habitats fordragonflies, frogs or birds. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 6.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 10.0px 'Trebuchet MS'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Permeable surfaces, such as gravel or grass pavers, also offer opportunities for rainwater seepage. This may even save on wastewater charges, as these calculate based on the sealed area.

Colourful instead of just green: Flower herb lawns and meadowsMedows rich in native species offer protection and food to insects and in summer their colourful flowers are attractive for the personnel. The less nutritious the soil, the more colourful the meadow.You can decide between permanent, species-rich meadows and perennial flowering areas, with high ecological values also for temporary flowering sites. Maintenance of such meadows is easy and less costly, as they need just one to three cuts a year.

Animals as neighbours:Nesting boxes and bee hivesNesting aids on company buildings, larger trees or in gardens invite beneficial species such as birds, bats and insects to the company premises. Insect hotels and nesting aids made of suitable materials, attract even wild bees to the site.On newly established flower meadows, these new neighbours will find enough food and help to pollinate flowering plants and fruit trees in the vicinity. Nesting aids offer the opportunity to observe animals and a hobby beekeeper from the staff likely will volunteer to take care of a bee colony.

Natural Walls and Connections:Hedge structuresHedges can be used as green walls,to seperate areas and to offer employees opportunities for privacy during lunchbreak. At the same time, they connect biotopes and offer nesting sites for hedge breeders. Hedges with different native shrubs vary in flowering, foliage colour and fruit and are attractive all year round. Ideally, they are bordered by a green stripe that provides valuable sources of pollen and nectar for insects.Hedges with native wild shrubs need less frequent cutting than the usual front garden shrub. A wild shrub hedge, depending on location and growth, needs a cut every 3-5 years.

Principlesof biodiversity-oriented designCreationand maintenance of sites low in nutrientsUse of native plantsMinimize sealingRetaining rainwaterNo use of chemical fertilizers, pesticidesPromoting habitat diversity for stable ecosystemsAllow wildlife in some areasPay attention to proficient maintenance

Green:Greening of roofs and facadesGreenroofs and facades enliven the building. Theyprovide habitats for birdsand many insects.Employees enjoy the view of green roofs and facades.Green buildings have numerous advantages for the climate inside: In summer, green roofs protect against heat through evaporation and facade greening protects against direct sunlight. This reduces energy consumption for cooling and heating. The greening of buildings retains rainwater, improves the microclimate and filters dust from the air.Extensive green roofs as retaining rainwater facilityor as a roof garden for employees: there are many options to implement green roofs. Facades can be established with trellis and with plants who climb autonomously.

Less is more:Proficient MaintenanceThe biodiversity-oriented design unfolds the potential for biodiversity through proficient care. You can observe how your company premises become places of variety and interaction. Despite the advantages for biodiversity and functionality, the maintenance effort is often lower for biodiversity-oriented areas. All plants and materials used are well adapted to the local conditions, and interventions are limited to only two to three treatments per year. After an appropriate briefing, your own property management or an external service provider can carry out the maintenance. Employees can also get interested in the new site and help with maintenance.

Shelters for animals: Habitat StructuresStructural elements such as deadwood or sand piles, dry stonewalls, rock piles or earth holes can be created with little effort and will become ecologically valuable micro biotopes. They are breeding and feeding grounds and offer habitat for numerous animal species such as lizards, beetles and wild bees. Temporary piles of leaves also provide short-term shelter for hedgehogs.Such structures enable employees to observe animals and offer the opportunity to experience biodiversity directly on the company premises.

Green Islands:TreesLocal trees are an effective measure for the greening of large areas. Trees provide shade and improve the microclimate at the company location through evaporation. They alsoprovide habitats for birds, bats and smaller insects such as butterflies and ladybirds.Some species produce nuts or fruits throughout the year which help birds and mammals through the winter.Trees can be planted asrows or patchesand provide a cool quiet space for various animal species or employees in summer.

Water-permeable and vegetable parking spacesParkingspaces for employees can be lawned as gravel or with grass pavers.For customer traffic, grass pavers or joint pavements are suitable.In this way, parking spaces are also preserved for biodiversity and rainwater can drain away on site, an important contributory factor to flood protection.

Oases of recreation: Green break and work areasDiversifiedand biodiversity-oriented company premises are places of relaxation for employees, customers, visitors and neighbors. Benches, seating stones and dry stonewalls invite employees to linger or for creative working and various flowering areas, wet biotopes and dead wood piles offer the opportunity to observe animals and experience biological diversity.Many of the measures taken in the context of biodiversity-oriented design promote the well-being and satisfaction of the employees – a central goal ofcontemporary human resources development.Employees can also be involved in the planning and implementation of the measures, for example through planting and maintenance activities, what strengthens identification with the company and cohesion between employees.

Safe Flight:Bird-safe windowsModern office and factory buildings play with glass and window surfaces. Those reflect the surrounding nature, which is why birds often do not recognize the obstacle and fly against the glass. With few adaptatins, you can avoid these collisions, which are fatal to birds.In new construction, special window glass can prevent incidents. In retrofitting windows and glass fronts can be secured withbird protection foils with special patterns, external blinds and window displays.Trees and shrubs bearing fruits should not grow close to glass surfaces.

Native plants: Shrub bedsNative bushes with fruits and berries, shrubs provide shelter for many species and canwelcome guests in a special way,when planted along the entrance area. Over thousands of years many animal species have adapted to our native flora and depend on the occurrence of local species.Since native plants are adapted to the regional climate and the typical soils of the country, the maintenance effort is often lower, as they require neither fertilizers nor pesticides. Even in shady locations, shrubs adopted to shady places are a good alternative.