Monitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations – Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World.com reports

In the world of environmentally sensitive and sustainable building, green roofs are becoming more popular in new commercial building and renovation projects. The investment in covering a roof with soil and plants can pay off through mitigating stormwater runoff, lessening the heat island effect and offsetting interior heating and cooling costs.

In order to verify that a green roof is indeed providing the benefits to justify the investment, it’s important to monitor performance.

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Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration-newswire.com

Newswire reports

“Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management.

A group of researchers from Virginia Tech, Cornell, and University of California at Davis have been investigating innovative ways to maximize the potential of trees to address stormwater.

Virginia Tech scientists used two container experiments to establish that urban tree roots have the potential to penetrate compacted subsoils and increase infiltration rates in reservoirs being used to store stormwater.”

SOURCE:Newswise Science News | Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration.

UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences

Afrique en ligne reports

Paper-free or paperless conferences may soon be in vogue if a pioneering initiative by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Qatar passes the test of time.

The initiative is being tried by delegates attending an international conference on the protection of the ozone layer.

SOURCE: Afrique en ligne – UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences.

Subway station architects intend to cheer you up

The Start reports

“In anticipation of the extension of the Spadina subway north from Downsview, the TTC has hired a gaggle of globe-trotting architects to design six new stations.

Among them are two leading U.K. practitioners, Will Alsop and Norman Foster, both of whom have worked in Toronto. Alsop, of course, is the author of the celebrated “flying tabletop” at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Foster’s only local project is the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building.

“If you can cheer someone up for a few minutes,” Alsop declares, “it’s worth it.” “

SOURCE: TheStar.com | Columnist | Subway station architects intend to cheer you up.

Stormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs – Daily Commercial News

Daily Commercial News reports that “A recent study done at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that while green roofs are capable of significant thermal moderation, not all are equally capable of retaining stormwater.”

read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Commercial NewsStormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs 

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