Erick Villagomez over at re:place Magazine has a new article on green roofs in Vancouver. There has been a lot of talk about green roofs in the past couple of years. Our new overly-expensive convention centre is one such building that will be adorned with a green canopy. Whether it’s just grass or whether it can support food gardens is not known to me, but it will definitley be the largest green roof in Vancouver once completed.
Vancouver is fortunate to be the home of one of the most sophisticated green roof research facilities in North America. Located at the Great Northern Way Campus in South-East False Creek, the BCIT Center for Advancement of Green Roof Technology conducts progressive research on the performance of green roofs and living walls. In line with green roof performance from other climates, the results from BCIT’s first phase of research have shown that green roofs can relieve pressure on municipal stormwater infrastructure, improve the thermal efficiency of buildings, and extend the lifespan of a building’s waterproofing membrane. Among many other benefits, green roofs can also improve air quality, reduce the Urban Heat Island effect, and serve as a habitat for birds and insects.
I have had the chance to visit this facility during some eco-festival a couple of years back. There was a simulated roof on the ground where you could walk around and see what they were growing. There was also a tiny box of a building with a green roof on the top of it that you could walk up the stairs to look at. It’s nice to hear for once that Vancouver has something that is cutting edge for once.