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

Linda McIntyre , Edmund C. Snodgrass
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Book Description

August 11, 2010
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

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“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."

About 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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; First Edition edition (August 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, but not the best title. December 9, 2012
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This is a great book to get excited about green roofs. Nice pictures, well researched, all around nicely done. The only issue I have with it however, is that the title gives the impression that it's a guide to design, installation and maintenance. From a high-level perspective (if you're not the one slinging the hammer and raw materials) this may be true. But if you're a DIY'er (like me) you'll probably feel totally starved for details, dimensions and diagrams. There is one REALLY basic image of the layering that goes on, but it's an appetizer to a main course that never gets served. I'm going to keep this book because (for what it is) it's really nice. But If you're looking for "A Professional Guide to Design, Installation and Maintenance", try something else - these are not the droids you're looking for. Okay, maybe that's not a good closing line because in the film, they WERE the droids they were looking for where this book isn't... eh, I enjoy the reference too much to change it though. Best luck on YOUR green roof!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Green Roof Reference Must-Have September 20, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Think of The Green Roof Manual like the Joy of Cooking. The classic cookbook took the kitchen in a new direction. The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation and Maintenance has the same potential for designers, roofing contractors, engineers and urban planners who are considering green roofs. Authors Edmund Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre have brought their talents to the table. Snodgrass previously co-authored, with his wife Lucie, Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide. His curiosity, common sense and years of experience are apparent in his current effort. McIntyre, a talented writer, with her own impressive background from law to languages, has edited and organized the information in sections that are concise and readable. There are five comprehensive chapters: Basics, Anatomy of Green Roof Assembly, State of the Industry, Designing and Building Your Green Roof and Maintaining You Green Roof. Each chapter is preceded by an outline of pertinent Key Points. There is also a valuable Resources section plus an extensive bibliography.

The North American green roof industry is moving beyond infancy through trial and error. Mistakes can be avoided by reading The Green Roof Manual. There is no one-stop shopping for a successful green roof, and it is imprudent to presume what works in Chicago will work in Dallas. There is, however, plenty of common ground. The plant palette might be different but the structural checklist will be similar with regional tweaking.

Many cookbooks have come along in the last seventy years (most are forgettable) but there are a lot of tattered old copies of The Joy of Cooking still in kitchens. The Green Roof Manual will be a go-to reference for many years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boo April 23, 2014
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I am not happy with this book there is no good how to's.There is 0 diagrams or drawings on drainage or edging details. It was a waist of money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not for DIYer January 9, 2014
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I was looking for a book to teach me how to design and install a living roof on my home. This book is for contractors and for homeowners who plan to use a contractor. It is not a "how-to" manual for the do it yourself person.
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