Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls

by Nigel Dunnett, Noel Kingsbury

Timber Press | April 15, 2008 | Hardcover |

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The latest techniques for planting roofs and walls to enhance our buildings and benefit the environment. The green roof industry is booming and the technology changing fast as professionals respond to the unique challenges of each new planting. In this comprehensively updated, fully revised edition of their authoritative reference, Nigel Dunnett and Noël Kingsbury reveal the very latest techniques, materials, and plants, and showcase some spectacular new case studies for the non-professional. Green roofs and walls reduce pollution and runoff, help insulate and reduce the maintenance needs of buildings, contribute to biodiversity, and provide habitats for wildlife. In addition to all this, they are attractive to look at and enhance the quality of life of residents. In Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls, Revised and Updated Edition, the authors describe and illustrate the practical techniques required to design, implement, and maintain a green roof or wall to the highest standards. This informative, up-to-the-minute reference will encourage gardeners everywhere to consider the enormous benefits to be gained from planting on their roofs and walls.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 7.87 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: April 15, 2008

Publisher: Timber Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0881929115

ISBN - 13: 9780881929119

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Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls

Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls

by Nigel Dunnett, Noel Kingsbury

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 7.87 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: April 15, 2008

Publisher: Timber Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0881929115

ISBN - 13: 9780881929119

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The contemporary use of plants on roofs and walls is distinguished from previous uses by the integration of planting and its supporting structures with the construction of the buildings themselves, as well as the use of modern materials. The result is a dovetailing of living plants, the building, and its human users, a closeness and integration not easy to achieve with older construction technologies. It is important to appreciate the distinction between older technologies of plant use and the new. Old-style roof gardens either restricted the planting to containers and planters or used a layer of soil spread onto a roof surface, which had to be massively stronger than would otherwise need to be the case. New-style roof greening recognizes two distinct approaches, intensive and extensive. Intensive roof greening is similar to the old-style roof gardens, where it is expected that people would use the area much as a conventional garden. Plants are maintained on an individual basis in the same way as they would in a garden at ground level. Soil depth is generally at least 15 cm (6 in) deep, but now may be composed of lightweight growing media, and is thus more correctly known as substrate . Simple intensive green roofs are covered with lawns or ground covering plants that still require regular maintenance, but have thinner substrates and are therefore less costly to install. Access may be possible, but generally these roofs are intended to be overlooked (English Nature 2003). Ext
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Why build green roofs?
Constructing green roofs
Planting green roofs
Façade greening
Living walls, structures, and surfaces
Conclusion
Roof-greening plant directory
Suppliers
Bibliography
Further reading
Index

From the Publisher

The latest techniques for planting roofs and walls to enhance our buildings and benefit the environment. The green roof industry is booming and the technology changing fast as professionals respond to the unique challenges of each new planting. In this comprehensively updated, fully revised edition of their authoritative reference, Nigel Dunnett and Noël Kingsbury reveal the very latest techniques, materials, and plants, and showcase some spectacular new case studies for the non-professional. Green roofs and walls reduce pollution and runoff, help insulate and reduce the maintenance needs of buildings, contribute to biodiversity, and provide habitats for wildlife. In addition to all this, they are attractive to look at and enhance the quality of life of residents. In Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls, Revised and Updated Edition, the authors describe and illustrate the practical techniques required to design, implement, and maintain a green roof or wall to the highest standards. This informative, up-to-the-minute reference will encourage gardeners everywhere to consider the enormous benefits to be gained from planting on their roofs and walls.

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Green roofs and living walls are beneficial to the environment and enhance our surroundings, so their growing presence in our towns and cities is a reason for celebration. Behind every new implementation is a fast-moving technology that has precipitated the need for this fully updated edition of Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls in which Nigel Dunnett and Noel Kingsbury reveal the very latest techniques, materials, and plants, and showcase some spectacular new case studies.

Planting on roofs and walls began in Europe, but it is now becoming popular all over the world as people become aware of its value in reducing pollution and run-off, insulating buildings and minimizing their maintenance needs, contributing to biodiversity, and providing food and habitats for wildlife. In Green Roofs and Living Walls the authors describe and illustrate the practical techniques required to design, implement and maintain a green roof or wall to the highest professional standards. Every detail is provided including the ways in which roofs may be modified to bear the weight of vegetation, the different options for drainage layers and growing media, and lists of plants suitable for different climates and environments.

This informative, up-to-the-minute reference will captivate professionals with its illuminating new findings, and encourage gardeners everywhere to consider the enormous benefits to be gained from planting on their roofs and walls.

About the Author

Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. His doctorate in horticultural ecology from the University of Sheffield focused on the selection and management of ornamental perennials and he is still engaged in active research in this field. Noel is interested in combining natives and non-natives in ecological planting schemes and a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations that require minimal intervention from the gardener. He trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.

Nigel Dunnett is a Reader in Urban Horticulture in the landscape department at the University of Sheffield, where he has developed innovative research programs on naturalistic and ecologically informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He is director of The Green Roof Centre, Sheffield, and acts widely as a consultant on green roof design and planting, and sustainable garden and landscape design in general.

He writes regularly for landscape and garden publications, including Gardens Illustrated and The Garden. With Noël Kingsbury he wrote Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls; with Andy Clayden, Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape.

Editorial Reviews

"Gardening gurus will appreciate the thorough knowledge the writers share regarding various techniques and resources required to plant green roofs and living walls, discussing, for example, how soil depth and environmental stress will affect plant choice and maintenance."


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