INPS Green Façade

INPS Green Façade is a pilot project built in the city Genoa (Italy) in 2014 on the south wall of a four stories office building built early in the last century and renovated in the 1980’s, owned by INPS (National Institute of Social Insurance).

The monitoring activities focused on: air quality monitoring (considering the fine dusts collecting capacity of four different plant species), sociological investigation, and real estate surveys, and energy performance monitoring. The research results deriving from the monitoring activities are used to quantify the environmental impact for the entire life of the green facade in relation to the obtainable environmental and microclimatic benefits, through a life cycle assessment and the economic sustainability, thanks to a cost benefit analysis.


Photo by Anna Positano


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Monitoring activities scheme (Rosasco and Perini 2018)



 INPS Green Façade monitoring activities: Publications of research results

Rosasco Paolo, Perini Katia, 2018. Evaluating the economic sustainability of a vertical greening system: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a pilot project in mediterranean area. Build. Environ. 142, 524–533.

Perini Katia, Roccotiello Enrica (2018). Vertical greening systems for pollutants reduction. In Peréz Gabriel, Perini Katia (2018). “Nature based strategies for urban and building sustainability. Vertical greening systems, Green roofs, and Green streets”, Elsevier Engineering collection ISBN 978-0-12-812150- 4.

Perini Katia, Bazzocchi Francesca, Croci Lorenzo, Magliocco Adriano, Cattaneo Enrica (2017). The use of vertical greening systems to reduce the energy demand for air conditioning. Field monitoring in Mediterranean climate. ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, vol. 143, p. 35-42, ISSN: 0378-7788, doi:

Perini Katia, Ottelé Marc, Giulini Saverio, Magliocco Adriano, Roccotiello Enrica (2017). Quantification of fine dust deposition on different plants in a vertical greening system. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING 100 (2017) 268–276. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.12.032

Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano, Giulini Saverio (2016). “Vertical greening systems evaporation measurements: does plant species influence cooling performances?” International Journal of Ventilation.

Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2016). Una facciata verde a Genova Sestri Ponente”. IlProgettoSostenibile, Ricerca e tecnologie per l’ambiente costruito, Volume 36-37 (pp. 146-151). Edicom Edizioni (Italy); ISSN 1974-3327.

Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia (2015). “The perception of green integrated into architecture: installation of a green facade in Genoa, Italy”. AIMS Environ. Sci. Volume 2, Issue 4, 899–909. doi:10.3934/environsci.2015.4.899

Conference papers

Magrassi Fabio, Perini Katia (2017). Environmental and energetic assessment of a vertical greening system installed in Genoa, Italy. In Burlando Massimiliano, Canepa Maria, Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia, Repetto Maria Pia (edite by) (2017)International Conference on Urban Comfort and Environmental Quality (URBAN-CEQ). 28-29 September 2017 – University of Genoa, Italy. Genova University Press. ISBN: 978-88-97752-91-2.

Perini Katia, Francesca Bazzocchi (2017). “Field monitoring in Mediterranean climate to quantify thermal performances of vertical greening systems”PowerSkin International Conference, January 19th 2017, Organized by Technical University of Munich in Powerskin Conference | Proceedings, Delft, The Netherlands, 2017, pp. 113-122. ISBN-13: 978-94-92516-29-9

Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano (2017). Urban sustainable development in Mediterranean area. The case of Sestri Ponente, Genoa. Mediterranean Green Buildings & Renewable Energy. Springer International Publishing pp. 599-607. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-30746-6.

Roccotiello Enrica, Perini Katia, Cannatà Laura, Mariotti Mauro (2016). Air pollution mitigation via urban green interactions with particulate matter. Presented at the 111° Congresso della Società Botanica Italiana, pp. 29–29.

Magliocco Adriano, Perini Katia (2016). Improving air quality and building thermal behaviour in urban environment: monitoring the performances of a green wall. 11th Conference on Advanced Building Skins 10-11 October 2016, Bern, Switzerland ISBN: 978-3-98120539-8

Perini Katia, Magliocco Adriano, Roberta Prampolini (2015). “Qualità ambientale e percezione dei sistemi di verde verticale: un caso studio”. 3° edition of “Inhabiting the Future” International Conference. Università di Napoli Federico II – Dipartimento di Architettura. pp. 1462-1470 ISBN 978-88-84-97-544-7.