Performance of green roof systems

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ConferenceCool Roofing Symposium: 12 May 2005, Atlanta, GA., U.S.A.
Pages118; # of pages: 18
Subjectgreen roof, garden roof, cool roof, thermal performance, urban heat island; Rooftop gardens
AbstractGlobal average temperatures have continued to rise as a result of global warming in the past two decades (EPA, nd; Watson et al., 2001). Climate change increases the frequency and intensity of higher temperatures and heat waves. The higher temperatures increase the demand for energy use for air conditioning, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and the levels of other pollutants. This process results in a positive feedback system, whereby the short-term adaptations to a warmer climate, such as increased use of air conditioning, serve to perpetuate global warming and exacerbate other air quality problems. Since high summer temperatures bring about many environmental and health problems (McCarthy et al., 2001), reducing these temperatures has become a major concern for many major metropolitan cities in North America.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47705
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