Essential Green Roof Construction

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Introducing Essential Green Roof Construction, The Complete Step-by-Step Guide. This is my in-depth guide to building simple green roofs for houses and small buildings. I am honoured to be a part of this amazing series of sustainable building essentials by New Society Publishers.

I wrote this book in response to the numerous requests I had received to help guide homeowners construct their own green roofs.

What can you expect to find in this book? A lot! It is packed with detailed photos, illustrations, case studies, and code compliance advice. Coverage includes:

  • The benefits of a green roof
  • The basics of planning and design
  • Assessing site conditions such as aspect, slope, and loads
  • Navigating building codes and working with building officials
  • Material options, including professional grade and economical or local alternatives
  • Planting suggestions for different roof climates and conditions, including food production
  • When to call on professionals to ensure safety and integrity
  • Step-by-step guidance for safe roof installation and detailing
  • Annual green roof maintenance.

Required reading for anyone building a green roof.

Lloyd Kahn, Author, Shelter and The Half-Acre Homestead