Green Roof Benefits

The predicted ecosystem services of Green Roofs paved the way for the municipal promotion of this environmental technology in Germany and Switzerland in the 1980’s. In the meantime numerous scientific studies and practical experiences confirmed the positive effects of Green Roofs for the urban ecology. Whether we talk about urban heat island effect, air quality, stormwater management or biodiversity, Green Roofs are able to improve the current situation and provide ecological buffering capacities for the future. This aspect is of paramount importance if we look at the challenges of climate change for the densely populated metropolitan areas. Furthermore the building owner will also benefit from the Green Roof concerning the energy balance and the protection of the waterproofing. A compilation of the Green Roof benefits for the municipality and the building owner can be found in the section “Green Roof Benefits”.