Journal article

Appraising the psychological benefits of green roofs for city residents and workers

Kathryn JH Williams, Kate E Lee, Leisa Sargent, Katherine A Johnson, John Rayner, Claire Farrell, Rebecca E Miller, Nicholas SG Williams



While a relatively small body of research links green roofs to psychological benefits such as aesthetic enjoyment and improved concentration, these outcomes are becoming important objectives in green roof design. Claims regarding benefits of green roofs are therefore often derived from research on psychological benefits of ground-level urban greenspaces. Compared with other urban landscapes, green roofs have limited space and accessibility, reducing the opportunity for physical exercise and the opportunity for larger masses of vegetation, particularly trees. Given these differences, there is a risk that the psychological benefits of green roofs are overstated or may only apply to a subset of..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This is paper is an output of the Researching the benefits of Demonstration Green Roofs Across Australia project funded by the Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from The University of Melbourne, City of Melbourne and Victorian Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and contributions from the Australian Government. It is also supported by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program.