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on May 10, 2010
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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on October 31, 2013
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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on February 28, 2011
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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on August 18, 2010
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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on October 3, 2010
This is a must-read (and smart) book for anyone contemplating even a small-scale green roof project. I would also recommend it to a more general reader who wants to get a good understanding of the building construction process.

I bought the book because I was interested in learning more about the practical aspects of green roofs in connection with a business venture. It thoroughly exceeded my expectations on every count -- comprehensiveness of information, easy-to-follow explanations of sometimes v technical components and systems (the many photos and technical drawings do an excellent job of enhancing a reader's understanding of the material), the generous use of case studies to illustrate topics and a presentation and writing style that appears to be v focused on the reader's needs / desire to learn.

Many books about green roofs are either overly general (with limited practical product or technical info) or they specialize in one area only (plants, design, environmental considerations). This book covers EVERYTHING, from A to Z, and would be useful to neophytes and, just as much or maybe more, experienced developers, contractors and landscape design professionals. It's clearly written, often fascinating, at times funny and again, unlike other similar books I've read, it takes a point of view and states things with unambiguous language. That is refreshing and made it not only a useful book, but also a pleasurable book that I enjoyed v much.
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on June 14, 2010
This is a truly amazing book on green roofs. If you are after nice pictures than this book is not for you but if you are after a huge amount of informations, the book with most informations on the market, then this book is for you.
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on April 5, 2011
This book is a tremendous resource if you are going to get into the nuts and bolts of designing a green roof. Loaded with technical information including example design drawings and specs. It is hard to find books like this to support engineering and designing.
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