Green roofs: investigation and analysis of the barriers to its uptake in the UK

Brookman, Symon (2010) Green roofs: investigation and analysis of the barriers to its uptake in the UK. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It appears that green roofs are a new concept, but they have been around for a long time. The earliest known example is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, around 500 BC. The modern equivalent of the green roof originates from Germany in the 18th Century, and even today the Germans still have the largest number of constructed green roofs. They have been the market leaders and their guidelines (FLL) have notably been the basis for numerous other countries’ guidelines. At present no guidelines or standard exist in the UK on which the Green roof industry can work to.

    Green roofs are classified into extensive, semi-intensive and intensive types with the extensive green roof making up the largest number.

    With all the benefits of green roofs such as reduction of storm water runoff, removal of pollutants, life cycle benefits, sound and heat insulation, reduction of heat island effect and environmental benefits, it is surprising that there are not more green roofs in the UK. This research project will investigate the barriers to the installation of green roofs in the UK.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 14:25
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17

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