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How do you show that you care about the environment and do you think it is enough? In design it is all about striking the perfect balance with nature; being creative in our designs to minimize ecological footprints. To create designs that mutually benefit the client, the public, and the environment.

In other words, the design should be Sustainable. The most accepted worldwide definition of sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission, 1987). Hence, the popularity of green roofs.

Since last we explained what exactly constitutes as a Vegetative/Green Roof and today we will discuss the benefits of vegetative/green roofs.

Vegetative/ Green roof- Design and Benefits:

  • Controlling storm water runoff
  • Improving water qualityHouse-and-Atelier-by-f451-lead-537x387
  • Improved Air Quality
  • Preventing heat gain (also known as the urban heat island effect)\
  • Prolonging the service life of roofing materials\
  • Conserving energy
  • Insulating qualities means reduced energy costs for building owners.
  • Reduce winter heating costs
  • Reduce air-conditioning costs
  • Reducing sound reflection and transmission
  • Provide habitat for wildlife
  • Create corridors for wildlife
  • Improve aesthetics 
  • Transform dead space into garden space\
  • Increased property value due to increased efficiency

Extensive Vegetative Roofs | Whole Building Design Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wbdg.org/resources/greenroofs.php

Green Roof Benefits. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.greenroofs.org/index.php/about/greenroofbenefits

Green Roof tTechnology. (n.d.). Benefits and Advantages of Green Roofs for Building Owners, Community. Retrieved from http://www.greenrooftechnology.com/advantages-of-green-roofs

Haselbach, L. (2010). An Introduction to Sustainable Development. In The Engineering Guide to LEED-New Construction : Sustainable Construction for Engineers (GreenSource): (2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill.

Vallero, D., & Brasier, C. (n.d.). Society’s Call for Green Design. In Sustainable Design. The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering . 2008: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Why green roofs? Benefits? | Centre for Architectural Ecology. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://commons.bcit.ca/greenroof/faq/why-green-roofs-benefits/