Sustainable architecture or bio architecture, these are the synonyms that define the green roof. Also known as eco-roof, the concept of this type of roof goes beyond vegetation.
Did you know that all roofs that feature solar panels, white paint with high reflectivity emissivity or shingle tiles are classified as eco-roofed?
As you can see, the roof vegetation layer is not unique to be categorized as a green roof. The most suitable concept for this type of roof that we are going to deal with in this post is the green roof with vegetation.
Follow this article and understand everything about this sustainable architecture model. A strategy full of advantages in the world of sustainability that you will see here.
And also be inspired by unusual images with beauty integrated to nature in architectural projects that will mix landscape elements with construction such as country houses.
Image 1: The green roof has many benefits that make it a sustainable option, in addition to being possible to optimize the spaces covered by vegetation.
How does a green roof with vegetation work
The use of natural resources is no longer a trend and becomes a necessity for the maintenance of the planet. For this, it is essential to respect the environment as a whole with ecological actions without negatively impacting innovative projects such as green roofs.
The green roof not only makes the house look beautiful and connected with nature. It also brings incredible benefits such as internal temperature control and other advantages that you will see throughout this article.
Did you know that the constitution of the green roof is made up of seven layers of different materials to preserve the structure of the building and keep the plants alive?
Image 2: Here it is possible to understand the process of each step for the assembly and functioning of the roof.
The first is the base for mounting the green roof, the roof or slab itself. From there, a sequence of layers is applied. Are they:
Synthetic blanket to create a waterproof membrane to prevent and protect the slab from infiltration and mold.
Root blocking retainer plate
Barrier that holds the roots of naturally growing plants to prevent the roof from being damaged.
Drainage layer composed of gravel, pebbles, clay or polystyrene draining blanket to drain water.
Permeable fabric layer
It is a filtering layer to retain particles and absorb rainwater.
Applied on top of the waterproof fabric layer, the earth layer must be prepared to receive vegetation.
And finally, the earth modules that come ready-made with vegetation or plants. It is also possible to plant vegetation or plants directly in the soil layer.
Image 3: In this image you can clearly see the process of the layers that make up the green roof, how they are laid out and how they work.
Main types of eco-roof with vegetation
Designed to support a greater variety of plants, this type of eco-roof allows for a wide variety and volume of vegetation. The height of the plants can vary between 15 to 40 cm.
This type of project requires more care and maintenance as it is heavier. Its thickness can reach 20 cm.
This type of roof is thinner and lighter with a maximum of 8 cm of lining. The height of the vegetation varies from 6 to 20 cm. Maintenance is much simpler and more economical, but it doesn’t involve much flow of water from the rains.
There are other types of extensive roofing that can be designed to decorate pergola structures with plants and create a hanging garden outside your home.
Image 4: Check in this image the assembly process of the eco-roof with modules composed of soil and vegetation.
What are the benefits of green roof?
- Natural thermal protector that blocks heat and lowers internal temperature;
- Retention of rainwater for reuse;
- Decrease in the entry of external noise, forming a natural layer of sound insulation;
- Reduces pollution with air filtration;
- Natural regulator of indoor humidity;
- Protects the roof from storms, reducing the need for maintenance;
- Increases the feeling of contact with nature in cities.
Image 5: The advantages of this type of sustainable design balance the relationship between human beings and nature in controlling the internal temperature.
Complementary tips for installing green roof
In addition to the types mentioned above, there are other varieties of green roof. It is even possible to hire specialized companies to carry out the entire planning and execution process of your eco-roof.
It is very important to evaluate the structure of the building and the type of tile that makes up the roof to support the weight. In this case, only a specialist in structure is the one who will be able to provide precise guidance on its construction.
Ideally, the type of vegetation and plants chosen to create a roof garden are native, hardy and easy to maintain in relation to irrigation and pruning.
Therefore, it is essential that access to the roof is facilitated for the maintenance of plants and vegetation as a whole.
Image 6: In this project, the construction integrates with the landscape, the green camouflages the house and has a gutter system to drain water for reuse.
64 Architectural images with green roof designs with vegetation
Image 7: The green roof unites the landscape and an automatic irrigation system that facilitates the maintenance and care necessary for this type of roof.
Image 8: In the middle of the city, the green roof favors the climate and the internal temperature, creating a pleasant environment amidst the concrete.
Image 9: In this architectural project the green roof was integrated into the walls giving a feeling of camouflage, isn’t it?
Image 10: This rustic-style house gains a very special charm and integrates very well with the landscape.
Image 11: The green roof in addition to making the environment more fresh and airy with this roof with plants that forms an incredible thermal layer in this space connected to nature.
Image 12: Now let’s go to architectural constructions with more sophisticated designs. In this image, for example, the waterproofed slabs show us how this green roof model can store rainwater or even house large swimming pools.
Image 13: Ecotelhado is sustainable and will contribute to the environment leaving your house as unusual in every angle as this architecture of the future.
Image 14: The connection of the landscape with the garden and the roof creates the feeling of infinity that blends the elements of nature with the house.
Image 15: Notice how the green roof is mixed with natural materials such as wood, stones, logs and integrates with the topography of the place connecting with the landscape.
Image 16: In this modern project the green roof joins the ground in a ramp. Creates an outdoor environment and lookout over the house.
Image 17: That childhood dream of the tree house, the green roof, in addition to contributing to the good functioning of the environment, makes any project exuberant.
Image 18: Now we are going to show images beyond the installed green roof with land and drainage. There is also this variety made only with plants, such as vines that are perfect in pergolas and gazebos.
Image 19: Can you imagine your outdoor area with a green roof gazebo? Simple and connected with nature.
Image 20: The use of plants is an excellent option to give it extra charm, as you can see on this green roof lined with lavender, imagine the perfume!
Image 21: The green roof can be installed even in the simplest places easily and affordably. It looks charming in any external environment in your home, ideal for those looking for harmonious spaces.
Image 22: Even on simpler projects you can build a roof by recycling and using natural or alternative materials.
Image 23: This example of a container with a wonderful sustainable and practical green roof that will help to regulate the temperature of the indoor environment.
Image 24: The green roof, in addition to being accessible and practical, can also be used to cultivate your suspended vegetable garden. It will leave your project charming and also contribute to the environment.
Image 25: The green roof fits in all spaces. Combines very well with this florist giving a very special charm to the environment.
Image 26: Your pet will really like this idea, the green roof will help with temperature, sound insulation and will bring comfort to him.
Image 27: If you’re not ready to have a house with a roof, you can venture into smaller projects like this charming house for your pet.
Image 28: Interesting to show that the green roof can be suitable in any type of residence. This is not an exclusive project for large architectural constructions.
Image 29: Yet another inspiration for economically viable constructions. With a lot of creativity, you can have a roof with a layer of vegetation to make your home as cozy as this outdoor area.
Image 30: When talking about bio construction, vegetation helps in water drainage as you can see in this image the channeling system for water drainage.
Image 31: Now let’s show a little more unusual projects, like this one in total connection with nature where green camouflages a large part of the house.
Image 32: The green roof works in projects of all sizes, from pergolas to large buildings, bringing sustainability to all audiences.
Image 33: You can use a multitude of plants for this green lining and play with the different vegetation textures to get the result that best suits your project.
Image 34: In this case, the use of natural resources makes up the structure of these houses amidst nature and the roof once again camouflages and integrates the construction.
Image 35: In this image the advantages in temperature regulation, sound insulation and increased biodiversity are easy to imagine, isn’t it?
Image 36: The eco-roof is also a great option to bring a bit of nature to many places. From now on, we will see how this sustainable project interacts with urban centers with charm and sustainability.
Image 37: It’s an amazing solution for big cities as these hanging gardens form a super pleasant environment amidst the concrete.
Image 38: The green roof is widely applied in architecture to connect nature and sustainable projects in large buildings, whether to implement a garden or a suspended vegetable garden in urban centers.
Image 39: A hanging garden within this context amid large buildings makes the landscape beautiful and pleasant. Amazing the versatility of this project, right?!
Image 40: Yet another example of how the green vegetation on the roofs is functional and elegant like this beautiful garden suspended between the buildings.
Image 41: Returning to unusual and modern architectural projects. Here, the green roof is a breather for nature and an extension of it, like this large construction that integrates with the landscape without conflict.
Image 42: A layer of vegetation like this roof allows for milder temperatures, sound insulation and will contribute to the environment. It’s also great in spaces like this garage.
Image 43: The natural green vegetation integrates with the roof, composing and uniting this house with glass walls to the landscape.
Image 44: Green roof vegetation can also be used in just a few rooms of the house with flowering plants.
Image 45: Another modern architectural design with green roof to provide a more natural air helping to control the indoor climate and soundproofing as well.
Image 46: The walls can also form a unique element like this green roof covering that makes the environment more fresh and airy.
Image 47: The green roof is the solution when it comes to affordable sustainability, you can apply it in different types of materials and adapt according to your project.
Image 48: Another proposal for small spaces is this flowery roof design, you can use a variety of plants to create a charming garden.
Image 49: The green roof can accommodate an immense diversity of plants, vegetables and flowers like this mosaic of textures and colors.
Image 50: Another image that demonstrates the versatility of the eco-roof that can be applied both in rustic buildings and in bold architectural projects such as this super modern condominium.
Image 51: In this construction with a wooden structure, the great ally is the green roof that gives an extra charm to this project.
Image 52: Building houses with grass-covered roofs is an excellent option for those who want to save energy by reducing the need for cooling.
Image 53: With these new ideas about sustainable architecture, the green roof is becoming very common. See how this house, despite being small, is super modern and integrates very well with the greenish tone of nature.
Image 54: Here the green roof becomes an extension of the garden and serves as a leisure space.
Image 55: Another inspiration for small constructions. Beautiful and economical, the green roof can be made with different materials, techniques and plants.
Image 56: This green roof is an example of the semi intensive variety.
Image 57: And this plethora of plant species in this roof garden, here the textures and colors mix creating a beautiful landscape, isn’t it?
Image 58: Here we have an example of green roofing, these boards receive the substrate and drain the water giving support to the plants.
Image 59: Note how the green roof on this house blends in with the landscape making it significantly integrated into the environment.
Image 60: Another inspiration of how the green roof connects cities with urban gardens being a perfect practical solution.
Image 61: Another model of eco-roof with diverse and colorful vegetation to inspire.
Image 62: This architectural model amidst nature results in a beautiful landscape united to the environment.
Image 63: German architectural style, this project was perfectly integrated with the building colors and flowering vegetation.
Image 64: Another example where colors mix and cause this beautiful visual impact and super connected with the environment.
Image 65: Here the wooden windows in a yellowish tone blend very well with the vegetation of this roof, don’t them?
Image 66: The green roof can be an extension of your play area like this hanging garden.
Image 67: Another green roofing option as a perfect solution for keeping the house warm and optimizing the space.
Image 68: Ecological condominiums are a luxury with these super modern geometric structures, don’t you agree?
Image 69: This variety of eco-roof fits very well in this construction with this hanging garden and benches suitable for enjoying leisure time.
Image 70: To conclude, we chose this building with a green roof with extensive trees that form a square due to the vastness of the vegetation and the lighting poles. Beautiful isn’t it?
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