A “Green Roof” is a roof which doubles as green space. With the use specially designed irrigation technology, and added supports to the roofing, plants of all sizes can be grown on the roofs of buildings – flat and slanted! See the image above for details on the layers of materials which go into creating a green roof, and click on it for more details!
Green Space on top of Chicago City Hall is both economically, and aesthetically pleasing!
This technology is not terribly new, however is generally outside the realm of common knowledge. It is a fantastic way to reclaim urban spaces to both wellness and energy-efficient purposes. For example, the Chicago City Hall and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore utilize the spaces for aesthetics, leisure, air quality, habitat creation and storm water control!
Problem solving architects not only prevent the loss of green space in busy Singapore, but add a modern architectural behemoth, and reduce heating effects of the sun!
Video’s about the Vancouver Convention Center, and the Michigan State University show how a green roof can contribute to roof life and reduced energy bills too. MSU’s research team measures the carbon storage of the plant systems and temperature of the roof with the added insulation of the plant layer. Both have provided encouraging results. Although these examples are commercial and large scale, Senga, a landscape architect uploaded a video of how to create your own green roof on a smaller scale. Check that out here.
Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising.
With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013.
Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.