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Small green roofs : low-tech options for greener living /

by Dunnett, Nigel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2011Description: 256 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781604690590 (pbk.) :; 1604690593 (pbk.).Title notes: $24.95 prolam 1-2012 (db)Subject(s): Green roofs (Gardening)
Contents:
Introduction : Green roofs at the small scale ; Green roof or roof garden? ; Defining small-scale and DIY green roofs ; Getting back to basics ; Green roof benefits -- Making a green roof : DIY or green roof company? ; The building structure beneath the green roof ; The green roof build-up -- Planting green roofs : Green roof plant types ; Growing vegetables and herbs on the roof ; Planting styles ; Plant establishment methods ; Maintenance -- Green roofs and biodiversity : Basic design principles ; Wildlife on green roofs -- Projects : Green roofs on sheds, garden offices, and studios ; Green roofs on garages and other structures ; Green roofs on houses ; Green roofs on bicycle sheds and other small structures ; Community projects -- Plant directory.
Summary: Forty-two case studies represent a range of green locations: garages, bicycle shelters, car ports, porches, barns, and homes.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Until now, the green roof movement has been limited to large-scale, professional endeavours 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.

$24.95 prolam 1-2012 (db)

Includes bibliographical references (p. 244-245) and index.

Introduction : Green roofs at the small scale ; Green roof or roof garden? ; Defining small-scale and DIY green roofs ; Getting back to basics ; Green roof benefits -- Making a green roof : DIY or green roof company? ; The building structure beneath the green roof ; The green roof build-up -- Planting green roofs : Green roof plant types ; Growing vegetables and herbs on the roof ; Planting styles ; Plant establishment methods ; Maintenance -- Green roofs and biodiversity : Basic design principles ; Wildlife on green roofs -- Projects : Green roofs on sheds, garden offices, and studios ; Green roofs on garages and other structures ; Green roofs on houses ; Green roofs on bicycle sheds and other small structures ; Community projects -- Plant directory.

Forty-two case studies represent a range of green locations: garages, bicycle shelters, car ports, porches, barns, and homes.

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Library Journal Review

This collaboration by four enthusiastic experts demystifies the process of planning, designing, installing, and maintaining green roofs. Dunnett (landscape dept., Univ. of Sheffield), with Dusty Gedge (founder, livingroofs.org), John Little (Grass Roof Company), and Edmund C. Snodgrass (Emory Knoll Farms & Green Roof Plants, Street, MD), discusses roof design, plant selection, growing media, weight loads, and other practical considerations and extols the benefits of living roofs. Bountifully illustrated and brimming with stimulating information and ideas, this guide, which claims to be the first book to focus on small-scale domestic green-roof projects, fills a niche on the gardening shelf and nicely achieves its objective to be "both inspiring and practical." More than half of the book is devoted to engaging profiles of creative and unique green-roof projects, including sheds, garages, houses, small structures, and community projects, undertaken around the world, including Dunnett's own garden sheds. Sidebars add context and perspective. VERDICT Highly recommended for gardeners and environmentalists and anyone interested in greening up.-Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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