On a regular basis, we highlight content posted on other blogs that we feel would benefit our readers. This week's blog highlights include:
Benefits of Rooftop and Wall Vegetation Have Been Underestimated
Green envelopes can reduce air pollution by up to 20% in some locations, rapidly reducing toxic air at street level, according to a recent report by Arup. Based on advanced computer modeling, the report reviews green infrastructure schemes across five global cities: London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Melbourne and Hong Kong to quantify potential benefits. Another benefit is reduced sound levels from environmental and traffic noises. Check out this report write-up at UK's construction index blogsite here. Visit the Arup page for more info and to download the free 70-page Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope report, part of a series on helping to shape a better world.
San Francisco First in the Country to Require Rooftop Solar Panels; May Add Green Roofs
Building on a recently enacted law requiring solar panels on new construction of ten stories or less, new legislation is in the works to add green roofs as well. Emily Green writes at the SFGate website about the proposed legislation, which might also help reduce the load on storm drains. Read the full post here, which also cites the Arup report above.
Interested in Green Roofs and Walls? Visit the Sky Gardens Blog
Maybe it's coincidence or maybe prescient, but our coverage of the rooftop solar panels and green roofs led us to the Sky Gardens Blog by greenroofs.com, a media website representing the green roof and wall industry. We like it, what more can we say? There's a ton of fascinating rooftop projects including gardens and hydroponic farms. Check out these three projects for starters: One Central Park in Sydney Australia, a Wildflower Festival in Brooklyn this Saturday (Sept. 24) and the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort in Bangkok, Thailand.