Published by the Living Architecture Monitor on behalf of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the Green Infrastructure Foundation this fantastic document further underpins the sizable benefits of Green Roofs to support healthier cities.
As board members of the Green Roof Organisation here in the UK we are always interested in the broader global research about green roofs and their benefits and reading insights from other industry experts.
The purpose of this report is to support architects and government to understand better the benefits of green roof and integrate them more into design and legislation.
“Most people are aware of some of the potential energy benefits that green roofs can provide, but a greater understanding of the subject can help designers and policy-makers unlock these benefits, and help green roofs make an important contribution to climate adaptation and mitigation strategies”, said report author Rohan Lilauwala, GRP, Program Manager, GRHC/GIF.
Steven W. Peck, GRP, Hon. ASLA, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities said, “We have barely scratched the surface of the potential of green roofs to provide climate adaptation and mitigation benefits in our communities. We need multi-billion dollar investments in converting rooftops and walls throughout the US and around the world to help us prepare for extreme weather, to manage stormwater, to grow food, and improve our health and well-being. Now is the time to scale up green roofs and walls as this report so clearly demonstrates.”
The key benefits cited in the report are:
Moderating heat flow through a building envelope
Improving the output of solar PV panels
Increasing the efficiency of HVAC systems (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
Reducing the urban heat island effect
Carbon sequestration and avoided GHG emissions
Thank you Green Infrastructure for Healthy Cities and the Green Infrastructure Foundation for penning this report.