Small Green Roofs

Small Green Roofs

Low-tech Options for Greener Living

Book - 2011
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Until now, the green roof movement has been limited to large-scale, professional endeavors and public buildings. But homeowners everywhere are catching onto the benefits of a green roof—water conservation, energy savings, and storm water management. In Small Green Roofs authors Dunnett, Gedge, Little, and Snodgrass profile ordinary homeowners who scaled green roofs down to the domestic level.

Small Green Roofs is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs. More than forty profiles of small and domestic-scale projects of all shapes and sizes include green roofs on sheds, garden offices, studios, garages, houses, bicycle sheds, and other small structures, as well as several community projects. For each project, details are given for design, construction, and installation, as well as how-to tips on how the roof was planted and cared for.

For readers looking for inspiration when hiring a contractor or taking the adventurous step of building their own, Small Green Roofs provides the knowledge and encouragement to make it possible.

Baker & Taylor
Demonstrates how to design, construct, garden, and maintain a green roof; and offers examples of the structure being used on rooftops in the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Book News
This colorful guide to building small scale living roofs provides practical instruction for creating ecologically friendly coverings for sheds, garages and accessory buildings with grasses, moss, lichens and other growing plants. Sections cover the structural requirements for building green roofs and retrofitting existing structures, types of plants and planting strategies and encouraging biodiversity. The bulk of the volume showcases finished small scale green roof projects form the UK and the United States in numerous color photographs. An appendix supplies a plant directory, list of green roof resources, and brief bibliography. Dunnett is a professor of urban horticulture at the University of Sheffield, Gedge is the founder of, an independent living roof association, and Little is a partner in The Grass Roof Company. Snodgrass (The Green Roof Manual) founded the first green roof company in the US. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604690590
Branch Call Number: 635.9671 SMA
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dunnett, Nigel


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