green roof, definition of
- Green Roof
A green roof is a conventional roof covered with a layer of
vegetation, also known as “living roofs”. Green roofs serve several
purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing
insulation, creating a wildlife habitat and helping to lower urban
air temperatures and combat the urban heat island effect.
There are two types of green roofs: intensive roofs, which are thicker
and can support a wider variety of plants but heavy and require ongoing maintenance, and extensive roofs, which are covered in a light
layer of vegetation and are lighter than an intensive green roof.
News & Blog articles where 'green roof' used:
- MVRDV's garden oasis in Utrecht includes a green-roofed convention center
MVRDV has unveiled designs to transform the underutilized area on the west side of Utrecht’s central station into “a garden in the city” with a new, green-roofed Jaarbeurs convention center...
- Solar-powered Dutch home produces all of its own energy with surplus to spare
When Marjo Dashorst and Han Roebers set their sights on designing a sustainable home in Zutphen, a municipality on the east side of the Netherlands, the couple turned to Amsterdam-based practice Attika Architekten to realize their dream...
- ZHA completes LEED Gold-targeted building with worlds largest atrium in Beijing
In China’s capital city, Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the Leeza SOHO tower, a 45-story skyscraper that boasts the world’s largest atrium at 194.15 meters in height. Designed to anchor the new Fengtai business district in southwest Beijing,...
- A lush public park grows on the roof of a luxury Wuhan mall
When Los Angeles-based design studio 5+design was tapped to create a high-end mall in Wuhan, China, the firm was also given the opportunity to create a publicly accessible green space — an amenity in decline in the city due to rapid development...
- BIGs LEED Gold-seeking school in Arlington features a cascade of green terraces
After five years in the making, BIG has completed The Heights, a new public school building in Arlington, Virginia that not only offers a unique and energy-efficient take on school architecture, but also helps maximize density and open space...
- LAVA designs carbon-neutral LIFE Hamburg with an edible green roof
LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) has teamed up with urban agricultural collective Cityplot to design LIFE Hamburg, a new energy self-sufficient educational campus that will “reinvent learning” for 1,600 students...
- Green-roofed addition brings a mid-century home into the 21st century
There are few things we love more than witnessing the transformation of something old into something new — and sustainable. Washington, D.C.-based firm KUBE architecture has just unveiled the beautiful renovation of a 1950s home, called the Dual Modern...
- First Smart Forest City in Mexico will be 100% food and energy self-sufficient
Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning...
- Four alpine apartments rise from a green-roofed complex in the Czech Republic
Czech architecture firm ov-a recently replaced a former 1980s department store in the mountain town of Pec pod Sněžkou, Czech Republic with Apart-hotel Svatý Vavřinec, a modern mixed-use complex with 90 apartments that celebrate the alpine surroundings...
- Green-roofed CLT classrooms immerse children in nature
After transforming a historic castle into a secondary school for the Groenendaal College, Antwerp architectural firm HUB was approached once again by the same client to tackle another inspiring school project — an energy-efficient primary school addition...
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