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on June 24, 2007
Perhaps some of the previous reviewers liked it because they use it for inspiration when designing at the very high visual level -- because really, this book is about pictures.

There is no useful information in the book about the design or construction of green roofs (except a couple of pages in passing).

Want to know more about how to design and construct using membranes, insulation, drainage, soil and gravel? Then look elsewhere.

Want to know more about how to design and construct a green roof on a new versus and existing building? Then look elsewhere.

How about planning the maintenance needed for a green roof whilst at the design and construction phase? Again look elsewhere.
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on January 24, 2007
Compared to the wealth of books on the subject in German and Japanese, there has yet to be a single good book in English. This book has nice pictures, but it doesn't even attempt to touch on the detail required to fully understand this subject adequately to qualify people to specify and actually implement Green Roofs. [...].
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on December 22, 2005
This book has lots of nice photographs. That is all. The technical section consists of two pages which state that a waterproof membrane is needed between the roof structure and the soil. There is no information of a technical nature in the book. I wonder why use up the earth's resources for no value. An absolute waste.
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on August 27, 2005
A well researched book of worldwide, high profile green roof case studies, with contributions from many of the leading people in the field. It is nicely laid out with great pictures and text explanation of inspiring examples of green roofs. It shows just what can be done with roof space. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject area.
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on January 26, 2006
As a very vocal proponet of green or living roofs I love this book. I believe that Mr Collum, previous reviewer must have just looked at the pictures. Pages 9 through 23 tell very well why we should have green roofs. If you are already an advocate or a newbe to green roofs, this book is for you. There is not a lot of technical information here but it gives the bare bones. If everything you needed to know about green roofs was here you couldn't lift the book. This book is ment to inspire you to get behind green roofs and advocate them in your neighborhood.
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on August 26, 2009
This book has really beautiful photos of green roofs around the world and does a good job showing the variety of design. It's more of a coffee table book than a text book so there's not much information on how to actually design and install a green roof.
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on January 7, 2009
Book showcases - with awesome photographs - greenroofs from around the world. So inspirational!!! Discusses local work in NYC as well - with High School kids from School of the Future! Great to learn what's happening all over!
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on August 6, 2005
This is a beautiful book which contains information concerning roof gardens from around the world. My reason for purchase is that it contains a few pages relating to the garden of my brother-in-law in Vancouver, - Glen Patterson. He is a master gardener who did a lot of research and developed a wonderful roof garden,- the only Canadian garden in the book. The book is very well written and is beautifully illustrated. It contains a lot of information, not only abnout Glen's garden, but about a large number of outstanding gardens in various locations throughout the United States and Europe.
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GREEN ROOFS: ECOLOGICAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION advocates the construction of 'green roofs' which can reduce energy demand and protect wildlife, packing in a survey of buildings and communities already using such roofs to their advantage. Some forty case studies of these projects pair color photos of roofs around the world with discussions of sustainable development and project management: thus practical applications appear alongside environmental advocacy. Experts also discuss technical requirements and history, which will please working architects. An excellent survey of working green roofs and their appeal.
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