Energy efficiency and environmental benefits of rooftop gardens

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TypeArticle
Journal titleConstruction Canada
Volume44
IssueMarch 2
Pages17, 2023
SubjectRooftop gardens
AbstractVegetation, primarily forests, has been identified as an important component of any strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through the sequestration of carbon in the woody biomass of trees. Given the limited space available for additional trees in many North American metropolitan cities, new adaptation strategies such as placing the vegetation directly on building roofs (rooftop gardens) become especially attractive. Rooftop gardens or green roofs are found throughout Europe. Germany, in particular, has carried out a significant amount of technical research to improve the various roofing components. Here at home, Canada has agreed to reduce GHG emissions by six per cent relative to 1990 levels by 2008-2012. Rooftop gardens may be a part of the solution.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number45345
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NPARC number20378743
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