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Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria, Australia


The Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria was released in February 2014. Find out more about it and the other components of the Growing Green Guide for Melbourne project on this website.

Download the guide here.

Note that this Ebook version is 17MB. Smaller versions can be downloaded by clicking on The Guide tab above.


Latest News

Canopy: Melbourne’s Green Roof forum event May 6 2015

deck-night5__thumbnailJoin us on a leafy rooftop for our next Canopy session. The City of Melbourne is teaming up with The University of Melbourne to bring you two exciting topics. Ralf, an international green roof expert from Zinco, Germany will be sharing his experiences from Europe and Kate, a University of Melbourne research fellow will be sharing the results of her PHD on the psychology of views to green roofs. Click here for more information and to book.

New waterproofing guidecity-of-sydney-cover

The City of Sydney has released a green roofs and walls waterproofing guide, a useful accompaniment to the Growing Green Guide, as it provides a greater level of detail than what is available on this website. Access the word document here (5.2MB): Green-Roofs-and-Walls-Waterproofing-Guide.

National Construction Code is free this year

For the first time, the National Construction Code (NCC) is now free to download. The online edition will cover the 2015 version of the NCC, which will come into effect on 1 May 2015. To get your free online copy you will need to register on the Australian Building Codes Board website.

Water Sensitive Cities

Two reports by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities explore the effect of urban development on natural hydrology and the benefits of climate sensitive urban design on maintaining suitable temperatures for human habitation. Find the links to the reports here.CRC-covers2-300x300

Research findings in the report included that where shallow profile green roofs are designed with thin substrates or soil profiles and planted with drought tolerant Sedum species, it does little for improving urban climates. Although it may support stormwater management objectives of reducing roof water runoff. The report suggests that by irrigating green roofs from a sustainable water source, a wider variety of plant species can be used and increase the cooling efficiency of green roofs. Green roofs can support high evapotranspiration rates if they are irrigated, and need to be moist on days when atmospheric cooling via evapotranspiration is most needed: on warm and sunny days.