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  BU533 Green roofs - an overview

BU533.jpgGreen roofs are basically roofs with plants. Also described as ‘ecoroofs' or ‘living roofs', they are characterised by plants growing in an (often) lightweight growing medium over a waterproof membrane.

This bulletin presents an overview of design considerations for green roof systems.

The bulletin covers:

  • advantages of green roofs
  • types of green roofs - extensive and intensive
  • design considerations, including statutory requirements, structural requirements, visual aspects, safety and accessibility, costs, warranties and insurance
  • drainage and waterproofing membranes
  • media and mulches
  • plant materials
  • maintenance.

Publication date: April 2011 Keywords: environment, rainwater, recycling, roof, sustainability