Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living

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Until now, the green roof movement has been limited to large-scale, professional endeavors and public buildings. But homeowners everywhere are catching onto the benefits of a green roof — water conservation, energy savings, and storm water management. In Small Green Roofs authors Dunnett, Gedge, Little, and Snodgrass profile ordinary homeowners who scaled green roofs down to the domestic level.

Small Green Roofs is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green ...

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Overview


Until now, the green roof movement has been limited to large-scale, professional endeavors and public buildings. But homeowners everywhere are catching onto the benefits of a green roof — water conservation, energy savings, and storm water management. In Small Green Roofs authors Dunnett, Gedge, Little, and Snodgrass profile ordinary homeowners who scaled green roofs down to the domestic level.

Small Green Roofs is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs. More than forty profiles of small and domestic-scale projects of all shapes and sizes include green roofs on sheds, garden offices, studios, garages, houses, bicycle sheds, and other small structures, as well as several community projects. For each project, details are given for design, construction, and installation, as well as how-to tips on how the roof was planted and cared for.

For readers looking for inspiration when hiring a contractor or taking the adventurous step of building their own, Small Green Roofs provides the knowledge and encouragement to make it possible.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Whether in the urban jungle or a pastoral countryside, a hard rooftop presents an opportunity to improve drainage, increase biodiversity, and create microhabitats. With 40 small-scale examples of green roofs, from sheds to houses, this informative manual will inspire and inform. The authors, hailing from the U.S. and U.K., bring together a wealth of professional, academic, and personal experience in living roofs. This lavishly illustrated book reviews the basics of design and installation—building structure, weight of the roof, drainage, growing medium, irrigation, and plants—with the bulk of the pages devoted to real-life examples. The projects include a garden shed that was beautified by Dunnett with a variety of flowering plants, a city rooftop retreat, and a commercial-scale organic farm in New York City. Structures from the U.K., New Zealand, and a host of locations within the U.S. demonstrate that green roofing is a flexible technology that can be applied to a range of climates and serve many purposes. For homeowners, landscape architects, and engineers, this is a great overview of projects that won't break the bank. (May)
Living Architecture Monitor
The emphasis on smaller and local is easy to understand.
— Vicky Fellowes
E-The Environmental Magazine
Full of pictures and easy to read.
Landscape Architecture Magazine

Full of pictures and easy to read.
Smith Mountain Laker Magazine

Humble, yet inspirational projects.
Washington Gardener

"Small Green Roofs is a valuable source book for information on the nuts and bolts of designing and planting a living roof, as well as an inspirational resource for ideas."
American Horticultural Society

"The photographs are more than excellent. Installation instructions and planting designs are appealing enough to inspire all of us gardeners."
Living Architecture Monitor - Vicky Fellowes
The emphasis on smaller and local is easy to understand.
Living Architecture Monitor - Catriona Tudor Erler

This lavishly illustrated book reviews the basics of design and installation. For homeowners, landscape architects, and engineers, this is a great overview of projects that won't break the bank.
E-The Environmental Magazine - Camilla Clocker

The emphasis on smaller and local is easy to understand.
From the Publisher

“…a real trailblazer...the only in-depth guide to do it yourself green roofs…a balance of functional how-to with inspirational ideas and solid horticultural information.”
Library Journal
This collaboration by four enthusiastic experts demystifies the process of planning, designing, installing, and maintaining green roofs. Dunnett (landscape dept., Univ. of Sheffield), with Dusty Gedge (founder, livingroofs.org), John Little (Grass Roof Company), and Edmund C. Snodgrass (Emory Knoll Farms & Green Roof Plants, Street, MD), discusses roof design, plant selection, growing media, weight loads, and other practical considerations and extols the benefits of living roofs. Bountifully illustrated and brimming with stimulating information and ideas, this guide, which claims to be the first book to focus on small-scale domestic green-roof projects, fills a niche on the gardening shelf and nicely achieves its objective to be "both inspiring and practical." More than half of the book is devoted to engaging profiles of creative and unique green-roof projects, including sheds, garages, houses, small structures, and community projects, undertaken around the world, including Dunnett's own garden sheds. Sidebars add context and perspective. VERDICT Highly recommended for gardeners and environmentalists and anyone interested in greening up.—Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690590
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 523,532
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Dunnett is a Reader in Urban Horticulture in the landscape department at the University of Sheffield, where he has developed innovative research programs on naturalistic and ecologically informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He is director of The Green Roof Centre, Sheffield, and acts widely as a consultant on green roof design and planting, and sustainable garden and landscape design in general.

He writes regularly for landscape and garden publications, including Gardens Illustrated and The Garden. With Noël Kingsbury he wrote Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls; with Andy Clayden, Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape.

Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and founder of livingroofs.org, an independent green roofs association that promotes vegetated roof structures in urban and rural areas. With a background in community theatre, he is passionate about nature conservation and birdwatching.

A frequent television and conference presenter on green roofs and biodiversity, he is particularly interested in teaching amateurs how to make green roofs. In 2004 he was awarded the Andrew Lees Memorial Award at the annual British Environment and Media Awards. He is currently president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations.

John Little is a partner in The Grass Roof Company, an award-winning, eco-friendly landscape design and management company that designs and builds green-roof buildings, designs and maintains school grounds and undertakes grounds maintenance work on behalf of local authorities. He has developed a broad reputation for his innovative green-roofed small buildings for schools, gardens and community use. His turf-roofed house won Daily Telegraph self-build house of the year in 1996.

Edmund C. Snodgrass started the first green roof nursery in the United States and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities. A fifth-generation farmer and nurseryman, he is owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants in Street, Maryland, specializing in plants and horticultural consulting for green roofs.

He is coauthor, with Linda McIntyre, of The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance. He also wrote, with his wife, Lucie Snodgrass, Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide.

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