Green Roofs

Green Roofs – What Are Green Roofs?

Green roofs are roofs of buildings that are covered with vegetation and a growing medium over a waterproofing membrane.

Sometimes green roofs may include different layers of root barriers, drainage and irrigation systems that can have multi-purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, increasing goodwill and reducing stress of the people around the roof-top by providing a tranquil, more aesthetically pleasing landscape while lower the relative air temperatures.

Green roofs may also use a form of green technology, such as a cooling green roof or a green roof with solar thermal collectors and/or photovoltaic solar panels.

Below are some great, recent articles & videos on the topic of green roofs …

What is a Green Roof? – HowStuffWorks

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 13:49:11 -0700

A green roof is a roof that is covered in plants, which reduces stormwater run-off and lowers cooling costs. Find out how a green roof can help the environment.

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How Green Roofs are Going Mainstream & Improving our Cities

http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/37263/how-green-roofs-are-going-mainstream-improving-our-cities
13 March 2012

A ‘living roof’ can make a vivid green statement. The 1,700 square metres of living, breathing greenery on two long sweeping slopes of roof are the crowning glory, for instance, of the ‘8 house’ in Copenhagen’s Oerestad district.
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LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roofs | Britannia Crossing Soars …

http://www.liveroof.com/

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:37:09 -0700

CALGARY, AB — August 20, 2015 —Britannia Crossing located at 5119 Elbow Drive SW, is the new home to a large green roof located on the third floor surrounding the outdoor play area of one of its tenants, Kids and …

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Expert Videos On The Topic Of Green Roofs

Daniels B.E.S.T. Lecture: Green Roof Gurus Panel

Published on Oct 31, 2014

On March 6, 2014, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design invited a panel of green roof experts that represent development, design, construction and regulatory stakeholders to discuss how to get green roofs right. This event was part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) lecture series.

What’s better, a green roof or a cool roof? Is rainwater harvesting more important than mitigating urban heat island effect? How effective are green roofs at managing stormwater? What is a responsible alternative to green roofs where they are not feasible? How important are irrigation, soils and plant selection for a healthy green roof? Are you confused by the conflicting Toronto Green Roof Bylaw and LEED requirements?

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Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits! by Jörg Breuning & Ryan Miller

Published on Jan 27, 2015

Jörg Breuning, Principal of Green Roof Technology (and newest Greenroofs.com contributing editor) and Office Manager Ryan Miller provide a view into how combining the two technologies of solar photovoltaics plus vegetative roofing equals profits for the environment and the building owner.

This presentation will explain the many benefits of integrating renewable energy into modern green roof technology through the use of solar energy. This video will demonstrate the upfront costs and paybacks within 5-10 years. We will compare ground-mount solar arrays with rooftop solar green roofs. The presentation will also take viewers to a solar green roof project in NYC where Hurricane Sandy touched down recently and left without moving the system an inch.

Read more on Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits! by Jörg Breuning & Ryan Miller …


A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing

Published on Mar 6, 2015

As we focus on all the wonderful environmental benefits of green roofs and living walls, the societal benefits are often overlooked – yet humans may be the species with the most to gain. Research shows that patients who can view nature during recovery have better clinical outcomes, and students that interact with nature have improved attention and social skills. Often the only green space available to these facilities is on the roof and walls. In this speech, I will highlight research and case studies of green roofs on healthcare and education facilities, and the amazing results of connecting people to nature in an urban setting.

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Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time by Christine Thuring

Published on Jan 9, 2015

Christine Thuring, PhD candidate in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield) and Greenroofs.com contributing editor shares her research. Like vegetation anywhere, green roof vegetation is subject to ecological dynamics and processes. Little work has explored the long-term dynamics of green roof vegetation, however, with more attention on initial establishment and individual species.

This research evaluates how vegetation and soils on some of the oldest extensive green roofs (EGR) in southwest Germany have developed since their installation over 20 years ago.


Note: There are some really great tips in the above post for Green Roofs to follow or revisit …

Here are some of the best articles on how Green Roofs fits perfectly within the go green model …

The ‘World’s Largest Green Roof’ Is Coming to California …

http://curbed.com/

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:45:00 -0700

Starchitect Rafael Viñoly has designed a green roof for a mixed-use project in Silicon Valley that’s so big, it just looks like The Outdoors. In fact, in some of these renderings we can’t even tell if we’re on top of a building or not.

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Green roofs, living walls and vertical farms are all morphing …

http://www.treehugger.com/feeds/latest/

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:30:49 -0700

We are going to need a new term that binds them all together. A lecture in 20 slides.

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The Brainy Case for Green Roofs – Convene – Convene

http://www.pcmaconvene.org/

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:46:38 -0700

New research shows that allowing your attention to rest on the green roofs and the natural world for periods as short as 40 seconds increase concentration and performance.

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Using Sod to Build a Green Roof – Mother Earth News

http://www.motherearthnews.com/rss/last-ten.xml

Mon, 27 Oct 2003 16:00:00 -0800

Learn how easy it is to install a sod roof, the original eco-friendly roofing material.

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Green roofs are no easy feat, but the list of viable plants is growing – Washington Post

Green roofs are no easy feat, but the list of viable plants is growing. Planting a roof with vegetation is an old practice. Ed Snodgrass, who grows roof plants at his farm near Street, Md., has pointed out that one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, was in essence a green roof.

A green roof supports a sophisticated system of growing beds for tough plants, not to be confused with

Published on: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:04:42 GMT

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