Role of extensive green roofs for healthy cities

S. Pradhan, M. Mitra (Sarkar)
The steady expansion of cities has had innumerable consequences on the quality of human life. While encroaching economic demands makes preserving green space in most city centers difficult, open space is plentifully a few stories higher. As a result, the idea of the green roof is gaining proponents. Green roof systems are living vegetation installed on the roofs. These can provide many environmental and social benefits and can be an invaluable retreat for achieving low carbon high performance building. Establishing garden roofs or vegetated roofs can improve stormwater management, conserve energy, mitigate urban heat island effect, improve return on investment compared to traditional roofs, reduce noise and air pollution, increase urban biodiversity and provide a more aesthetically pleasing environment. This paper focuses on the review of the current knowledge regarding the benefits of extensive green roofs and the potentials of this technology to be implemented in the Indian context.
Pradhan, S. and Mitra (Sarkar), M. (2017). Role of extensive green roofs for healthy cities. Acta Hortic. 1181, 33-42
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1181.4
green roof, pollution, review, road traffic noise, stormwater management, urban biodiversity