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Educational Resources

There is a lot of good information out there regarding green roofs. We certainly don't claim to know it all, and we love to share what our colleagues are working on. The links below are good resources that we have found helpful or interesting. Be sure to check back often, as we plan to add more links from time to time.

Learn more about sedums

The Plant Lover's Guide to Sedums by Brent Horvath includes everything you need to know about these beautiful gems. Plant profiles highlight 150 of the best varieties to grow, with information on zones, plant size, soil and light needs, origin, and how they are used in the landscape. Additional information includes designing with sedums, growing and propagating them, where to buy them, and where to see them in public gardens.

The benefits of a green roof

  • Controlling storm water runoff
  • Improving water quality
  • Mitigating urban heat island effects
  • Prolonging the service life of roofing materials
  • Conserving energy
  • Improving the aesthetic environment in both work and home settings
  • Mitigation of wildlife
  • Cost/benefit
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"How to Build a Cooler City"

by Saskia De Melker, PBS NewsHour

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Green Roofs reduce annual energy demand by 6%

Jaffal, I., Ouldboukhitine, S-E, & Belarbi, R. (2012). A comprehensive study of the impact of green roofs on building energy performance. Renewable Energy, 43, 157-164.

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Sound Transmission Loss of Green Roofs

Connelly, M & Hodgson, N (2008).

Green Roof Design Resources

ASTM Standards

FM Global Standards

Products and Systems

Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers


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