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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568986858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986852
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #768,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Werthmann is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is a former associate at Peter Walker and Partners.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DB on Nov. 1 2007
Format: Hardcover
The most revealing feature of this book is the author's glaring omission of what experts now refer to as the new 'failed housing economy,' which depends on housing stock pre-destined to fail, thereby requiring major repair/renovation/reconstruction/redevelopment within a period of five to 10 years. Govts worldwide have embraced this type of development, sacrificing consumers to keep the profitable (for some, including the author and his sponsors) real estate wheel grinding along its destructive course.

Notable examples include the leaky condo crisis in Vancouver, British Columbia and New Zealand's mirror-like weathertightness crisis. In places like California, construction failure (usually becuase of leaks) became so prevalent, the state enacted legislation to give contractors a chance to repair their brand new yet failed building before owners take them to court.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, developer and contractor sharpies, already the stuff of legend in the new failed housing economy, now appear as thick as ants at a picnic, anxious to exploit predictions of global warming and undiscriminating media reports of the new green/sustainability revolution. The question, then, is how to distinguish between fraudsters and legitimate, well-researched solutions?

Books like this one certainly offer no help. Yes, there are examples of champion-sounding projects in places like Germany and Switzerland, but what standards, procedures, technologies and skilled workers would ALSO be required to ensure successful implementation in other jurisdictions - especially those with as yet unresolved issues of epidemic building failure?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great technical guide for clients and designers Jan. 27 2008
By toodogsus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for readers who already know that green roofs are good for our planet, but are looking for technical information on how to build one. Product and plant guidelines and the construction process are marvelously detailed. It's also generous with photos and diagrams. This particular green roof demonstrates that they can be more than just sedum in planters on a flat roof--green roofs can be a building amenity and enhance the viewshed for nearby buildings as well. The book is very well written. It should be noted that the author is a German landscape architect and Germany leads the world in green roof design. An excellent resource for developers, real estate executives, building owners, and designers.
Best book ever!! Jan. 23 2013
By nadadhorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thanks fot the good quality book, I really like the picture in the book also they got a good material!
Green roofs passion Aug. 22 2011
By Yuliya Dimitrova-Ilieva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a landscape architecture student, I found that this book is a useful source in terms of learning more about green roof technology. The author represents in very well organized manner the entire process of the project and collaboration between designers, consultants, engineers and etc. Overall, this book is important for anyone who wants to find some historical information about the pioneers in this industry; plants used for the ASLA green roof, constructional processes and documents as well.
GREEN ROOF DESIGN/BUILD July 30 2010
By R. Hindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I use this book as a key text for my design/build course at University of Oregon [...]
It is very informative and user friendly.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Green roof case study Jan. 1 2008
By Randy Bangert - Published on Amazon.com
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This case study is primarily geared towards the client's requirements and satisfaction, rather than basic green roof benefits. For example, there is more emphasis put on employee/ human use of the roof over the traditional benefits that roof greening putatively confers. Although there are some interesting techniques employed, like the grating over the sedum plantings, it is quite clear that roof greening is still for the elite rather than us common folk. Considering this, the concept of roof greening still has a long way to go before it will become a truly 'sustainable' practice in North America. The ASLA intended this project to showcase their involvement in this arena, but we would all be better served if they would test/employ techniques that were affordable to the masses rather than the wealthy elite.


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