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Green Roof Systems : A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure [Hardcover]

by Susan Weiler, Katrin Scholz-Barth
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Book Description

2009 0471674958 978-0471674955 1
Green Roof Systems goes beyond the fashionable green roof movement and provides solid information on building accessible space, often as important public space, over structure. It offers brief coverage of the entire process, including planning and collaboration, and focuses on the technical aspects of these roof systems, their components, and their applications.

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Editorial Reviews


"Green Roof Systems, provides technical information for the planning, construction and maintenance of green roofs. The authors provide a lucid introduction with basic definitions of green roofs and a discussion of the serious effects that conventional roofs can have on the environment. They describe the value of using green roofs for stormwater management and for the creation of usable landscapes over structure." (The Designer, Summer 2010)

"This is the green roof textbook that will be indispensable for many years. The book credibly situates the green roof in the sustainable "save the planet" scenario. There is comprehensive coverage of the documentation, bidding, construction, and risk management phases of green roof implementation. The content of this book will set the industry standard henceforth…overall, the book seamlessly merges the extensive and international experience of both Weiler and Scholz-Barth, yet brings the green roof industry to this continent, with American standards and practices." (Landscape Architecture, October 2009)

"Replete with charts, diagrams, and photos, "Green Roof Systems" can serve as a one-stop resource for designers. Authors Susan K. Weiler and Katrin Scholz-Barth provide the basics as well as technical information about green roof systems, component and applications, and how to design and build them." (, May 2009)

"…this book is loaded with valuable information. The book provides a bit of preface and context of the larger picture of green roofs from concept to planning- but this is not the strong selling point. That comes in the details. And there are details. The structure of the book guides a reader through systems, materials, documentation, structure, bidding and construction, and touching on liability and maintenance." (landscape+urbanism blog, 4/30/09)

"With the Obama stimulus package emphasizing the effort to weatherize existing buildings this book couldn't come at a better time. A designer's one stop resource to green roofs that merges architecture and landscape. The book offers substantive and technical information on living green roof and landscapes over structure." (Green Insight Newsletter, May 2009)

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The designer's one-stop resource to green roofs that merges landscape and architecture

Green Roof Systems offers substantive and technical information on living green roofs and landscapes over structure. It goes beyond a mere overview of the green roof movement by providing reliable advice on building ecologically practical, accessible, and useful open spaces over structures.

From planning and collaboration to successfully handling the technical aspects of green roof systems, components, and applications-this single-source reference:

  • Explains the environmental, social, and economic benefits of turning the underutilized surfaces of roofs into multifunctional systems
  • Features a comprehensive, system-based approach to understanding, designing, building, and maintaining green roofs in an urban environment
  • Examines the ins-and-outs of green roofs from a technical perspective
  • Offers design and technological material alongside issues surrounding urban design and planning, engineering, architectural and landscape architectural considerations, and stormwater management

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471674958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471674955
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Comprehensive May 10, 2010
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Finally, a complete and comprehensive guide to planning, designing AND constructing green roofs, A to Z. Most books on the topic of green roofs only offer case studies or explain the reasons why we need green roofs, but not the nuts and bolts. This book gives you all of the tools required from understanding the planning involved up front down to the technical details of design loads for trees and selection of waterproofing systems. As a landscape architect, this is one reference I find valuable for any project over structure.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Conceptual School Book August 18, 2010
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This book is very well written etc. The subject matter, as well as its thoroughness can cause a person to think that they might know how to install a green roof. The facts of the matter, however, are quite to the contrary. The book is written with the assumption that the reader is an executive at a large firm which is willing to spew large dollars to purchase a large green roof. The book is filled with common sense like 'make sure the contractor you select is qualified for installing green roofs'. After reading this book, you will become throughly educated upon all of the proper questions to ask someone whom is willing to sell you the answers. The actual answers and NOT in this book.

If you have the intent to install a green roof, then search the web with the intent to purchase a green roof. Sellers of products required to build a green roof are much more helpful with what is actually available, what it actually required, how to actually assemble it, how much it actually weighs, what species of plats will actually work in your area etc. The person who wrote this book said something like 'make sure the species of plant you select will actually grow on a roof in your area' and many more words without providing actual species lists for various areas.

If you actually have a few million dollars in your pocket and you are going to head something way large and would like a general class on the subject, then buy this book. If you are a teacher and would like your students to think you know what you are talking about, then buy this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weeellllll...... February 28, 2011
By gus
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This book has a wide variety of information, however, it does seem aimed at much larger projects. It discusses much, but gives few recommendations. For instance, it discusses built up roofing and sbs roofs, who in their right mind would consider putting them under a green roof? There seems to be a fear of recommending or discounting things. I guess I did expect more specifics. There are many places where it states "X is used in many green roofs" or "green roof designers generally do this" Is this good? Is this bad? What do you think? I am reading your book, I want to know what you think! I cannot recall many places where it states 'don't'

It does have some illustrations of the green roof layers. I think I wanted more

Overall, it is a multidisciplinary look at all of the topics involved in a green roof, but after reading you will not be ready to do it, unless by building a green roof you mean hiring the people who do it.

So I still need a book on plantings.....

I still need a book by a hands on green roof builder about building in my climate.....

It does have info on weights of soils etc.

So it is a good book, but not the book I wanted it to be, so who's fault is that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book October 31, 2013
By lizylou
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This is a really useful tool. I highly recommend to anyone studying green roofs or more interested in the mechanics of green roofs. This is a great guide for beginners and those who are more experienced as well.
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