Green roof research in British Columbia - an overview

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ConferenceGreening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities: 05 May 2005, Washington, D.C.
Pages117; # of pages: 17
Subjectgreen roof, garden roof, rooftop garden, thermal performance, energy efficiency, runoff; Rooftop gardens
AbstractIn 2002 a stakeholder workshop held in Vancouver identified the major barriers to the market penetration of green roofs in BC as the lack of climate-specific performance data, the absence of third party testing and verification of green roof systems, and a lack of demonstrated feasibility. To address these issues the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), supported by a consortium of regional government organizations, industry associations, and material suppliers, created a green roof research program. In collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), a dedicated field test site, the Green Roof Research Facility (GRRF) was constructed and commissioned in 2003. This presentation will discuss BCIT's educational strategy in green roof technology, design and construction of the facility, instrumentation for data collection, and preliminary data. BCIT has expanded its capacity to create the Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology (CAGRT). The Centre's principle functions within the education and research forum are to develop the regional infrastructure network to inventory performance of green roofs; develop a system performance evaluation module, provide a testing and verification facility for the local green roof industry, and improve public awareness of the technology through education and demonstration.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number48203
NPARC number20377031
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Record created2012-07-24
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