Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Green Roof Manual -- Book Review

The Green Roof Manual by Edmund C. Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre is an excellent book for the professional and the amateur who are considering a green roof option. Small or large this book covers the basics of green roofs and walks you through the economics, benefits, risk assessment, guidelines and standards. This book even covers weed control on your green roof. Ha ha you thought you could escape weeds by going up. Not a hope!!.

The first green roof I was ever on was the Chicago City Hall Green Roof. That day insects and butterflies were in evidence. Monarch butterflies in the middle of the Chicago skyscrapers was incredible to see (Roof Garden on Chicago's City Hall). The green roof industry is evolving so quickly that you will need to constantly keep up . The resources section of this green roof manual directs you to organizations to keep yo with the latest changes in both the United States and Canada.

This book get 4 stars because no book can keep up but you need to know and absorb the information before you can move on up.  For Small Green Roofs see review. Small Green Roofs Low Tech Options for Greener Living

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