The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance

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Green roofs — the ultimate in sustainable building practices — continue to generate enormous interest and enthusiasm among architects, landscape designers, and urban planners. Increasingly strict stormwater regulations and the appeal of LEED-related projects have also boosted the popularity and desirability of green roofs. Those who want to build green roofs, however, have few resources to guide them. Until now, no book has taken a comprehensive look at how to effectively adapt green-roof technology to the ...
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Overview


Green roofs — the ultimate in sustainable building practices — continue to generate enormous interest and enthusiasm among architects, landscape designers, and urban planners. Increasingly strict stormwater regulations and the appeal of LEED-related projects have also boosted the popularity and desirability of green roofs. Those who want to build green roofs, however, have few resources to guide them. Until now, no book has taken a comprehensive look at how to effectively adapt green-roof technology to the variable and extreme North American climate, and how to design projects that will function and endure as successfully as those in Germany, Switzerland, and other European countries.

This book fills the gap by providing an overview of practices and techniques that have been effective in North America. The authors offer options regarding structure, function, horticulture, and logistics, as well as surveys of actual projects and analyses of why they have or haven’t succeeded. Approachable and reader-friendly, the manual clearly explains how these complex systems function and how to plan and carry out projects successfully from concept through construction and maintenance. Ideally suited to professionals (including architects, landscape architects, engineers, and designers) and their clients, it brings together key lessons from leaders in the field. Numerous photographs highlight the range of design possibilities and show green roofs both during construction and at various stages of maturity.

At last, those seeking basic information about how to design and build green roofs have a concise, authoritative guide to this exciting new technology.

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Editorial Reviews

SciTech Book News
“Well written and clearly organized, with a wealth of descriptive photos throughout.”
American Gardener

“Well written and clearly organized, with a wealth of descriptive photos throughout.”

American Gardener - Viveka Neveln
"Anyone involved with and interested in green roofs would be well advised to acquire this indispensable reference."
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"Anyone involved with and interested in green roofs would be well advised to acquire this indispensable reference."

SciTech Book News

“Well written and clearly organized, with a wealth of descriptive photos throughout.”

American Gardener

"Anyone involved with and interested in green roofs would be well advised to acquire this indispensable reference."

— Viveka Neveln

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690491
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/11/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 487,374
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer and editor Linda McIntyre specializes in ecology, urbanism, and design. She has served as a staff writer and contributing editor for Landscape Architecture magazine and has worked in law and public policy, focusing on environmental issues, transportation, and international trade.  She lives in Washington DC and New York City. She studied landscape design, horticulture, Japanese-language conversation, and cooking after earning a BA in English and a law degree. 

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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