Landscape Architecture Program

 

Date of this Version

11-2013

Citation

Sutton, R. 2013. Rethinking Extensive Green ROofs to Lessen Emphasis on Above-Ground Biomass. Journal of Living Architecture November (2014) Issue 1 2 pp.

Abstract

In the future, most green roof applications will not be highly visible, yet these roofs will still provide the benefits of heat island reduction, stormwater control and biodiversity for hard-surfaced cities. However, human bias in wanting more biomass and visible blooms leads green roof horticulturalists and their approach of maximizing those aspects down a slippery slope that, in turn, leads to increased hours of labor, over-watering and fertilizing and specifying too many cultivars