Minimise the amount of impervious/paved surface area

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Not only horizontal surfaces such as paving at ground level and roofs, but also vertical surfaces (facades, noise barriers) can be made permeable. In general, the following rule applies: the rougher the surface, the greater the effect. A field of flowers does more than a grass lawn, and bushes have a greater effect than a stand of herbaceous plants. The biggest effect on air quality is most likely through the reduction in the disturbance of precipitated particle matter. If there is a lack of space at ground level, green facades can be used. These contribute to the capture of particle matter, though mainly to the lowering of the atmospheric temperature.

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