Mimicking natural ecosystems to improve green roof performance
Grant number: LP130100731 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018
This project will transform the Australian green roof industry by specifying plants and substrates according to ecological theory. New substrates will create markets for waste products, and diverse and resilient plant mixes will optimise nutrient and water use. Both will reduce urban energy use and stormwater runoff adapting Australian cities to climate change.
Related publications (5)
Biochar made from low density wood has greater plant available water than biochar made from high density wood
Joerg Werdin, Tim D Fletcher, John P Rayner, Nicholas SG Williams, Claire Farrell
Soil water limitations often restrict plant growth in unirrigated agricultural, forestry and urban systems. Biochar amendment to s..
Green roof storage capacity can be more important than evapotranspiration for retention performance
Zheng Zhang, Christopher Szota, Tim D Fletcher, Nicholas SG Williams, Claire Farrell
Green roofs can significantly reduce stormwater runoff volumes. Plant selection is crucial to retention performance, as it is infl..
Influence of plant composition and water use strategies on green roof stormwater retention
Zheng Zhang, Christopher Szota, Tim D Fletcher, Nicholas SG Williams, Joerg Werdin, Claire Farrell
Green roofs are increasingly being considered a promising engineered ecosystem for reducing stormwater runoff. Plants are a critic..