Energy Savings

Energy Savings

Worldwide, the reduction of energy consumption for cooling and ventilation installations is becoming increasingly important. The increased use of air conditioning systems, in particular, forces energy conservation strategies on the building sector (Schmidt, 2003). A new European parliament directive on the energy performance of buildings (2002/91/EC), strongly encourages the implementation of passive cooling techniques to [...]

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System Examples

System Examples

A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil, or a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. (This term does not refer to roofs which are merely colored green, as with green [...]

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History and Use

The history and use of vertical greening systems. Modern green roofs, which are made of a system of manufactured layers deliberately placed over roofs to support growing medium and vegetation, are a relatively new phenomenon. However, green roofs or sod roofs in Northern Scandinavia have been around for centuries. The modern “trend” started when green roofs were developed in Germany [...]

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