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Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens (BBG Guides for a Greener Planet) (2012)

by Beth Hanson, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sarah Schmidt

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This volume introduces green roofs or living roofs, a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Green roofs can serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect. The editors have included profiles of a wide range of green roofs in New York City, including a rooftop farm in Queens, a high school classroom in the Bronx, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Visitor Center. They have also provided a history of how the "green roof technique" evolved and information on construction methods, on selecting, establishing, and caring for the plant species that are best suited for living roofs.… (more)
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This is a very good intro book to the subject. it doesn't overwhelm with technicalities and other specifics. Besides giving some basic background, it features 13 NewYorkCity projects, giving each a four page spread, with one large photo, several smaller photos, some basic data, such as cost per foot, size, contributors, etc., a two page blurb and "lessons learned." This is a good book to begin the thought processes. It also features both professional and do-it-yourself projects and a variety of methods and goals. A modular bag system was sucessfully moved and returned in order to make repairs to the roof. Another shows full scall veggie gardening. Another adds a backyard garden feel (complete with added kitchen and covered porch) to a six story older building, by vaccuuming the soil media up to the roof. There is a non-intimidating section that introduces methods and materia. Excellent!! ( )
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This volume introduces green roofs or living roofs, a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Green roofs can serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect. The editors have included profiles of a wide range of green roofs in New York City, including a rooftop farm in Queens, a high school classroom in the Bronx, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Visitor Center. They have also provided a history of how the "green roof technique" evolved and information on construction methods, on selecting, establishing, and caring for the plant species that are best suited for living roofs.

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