Do buildings pollute urban surface waters?

Neues Projekt UFOPLAN BaSaR gestartet

Can building façades and roofs affect the water quality of urban surface waters? The connection between contaminants in stormwater runoff and building materials has already been impressively demonstrated within the project “Ogre” conducted by KWB. Which pollutants, potentially leading to the exceedance of environmental quality standards in urban waters, actually leach from new construction or renovation areas during rain events will be experimentally investigated during the next 3 years within the project BaSaR. The project is funded by the Umweltbundesamt and will also develop guidelines for planners, architects and authorities.