The team behind The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne are currently developing Victoria’s Guide to Green Roofs, Walls and Facades, scheduled for release in early 2014. The guide is being prepared by a range of professionals experienced in the construction and research of green systems, with support from the State Government and the University of Melbourne as well as the Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra and Stonnington.
This publication is a comprehensive introduction to green spaces and architecture, demonstrating the many benefits of adding plant life to existing buildings and integrating vegetation at the design concept stage. The guide is written in consideration of an industry of green infrastructure professionals, and is also accessible to developers and homeowners in search of information on green roofs, walls and façades. Though it has been written with a focus on the Victorian climate and conditions, much of the strategies and advice offered within the guide can be applied on a broader geographical scale.
In Melbourne, as in many developed nations, demand for green infrastructure has increased exponentially. In recent years, the natural landscape has struggled to offset the effects of rapid urbanisation, and the environmental setbacks in catering to a growing population. Apart from urban planning which allows for trees and parks, more is required in terms of built vegetation in order to improve our quality of life. Air pollution, climate change, natural disaster recovery and thermal regulation are environmental issues that must be addressed on an environmental level, while the aesthetic, social and community benefits of establishing green areas for respite and leisure are manifold.
Victoria’s Guide to Green Roofs, Walls and Facades is a detailed study, which provides the opportunity to explore the possibilities in this field. Though a relatively new concept to the Australian industry, the guide cites peer reviewed studies conducted in Canada and Singapore, with other overseas references illustrating the global nature of this green approach. A technical guide section also shares advice and practical guidelines for suitability assessments of potential green sites, specifically outlining aspects of climate, weight and drainage.
The guide is intended to further inspire the construction and implementation of new green infrastructure, and to suggest methods of retrofitting green roofs, walls and facades to old buildings where possible.
An information session on the Guide will be held in Melbourne on November 13th, 6pm – 8pm, as part of Canopy: Melbourne’s Green Roof Forum.
Download the draft version of Victoria’s Guide to Green Roofs, Walls and Facades here.