D. Suszanowicz
Chair of Process Engineering, Opole University, Opole, PL

THE IMPACT OF GREEN ROOFS ON THE PARAMETERS OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN URBAN AREAS


This study presents the results of a review of publications conducted by researchers in a variety of climates on the implementation of 'green' roofs and their impact on the urban environment. Features of green roofs in urban areas have been characterized by a particular emphasis on: filtration of air pollutants and oxygen production, reduction of rainwater volume discharged from roof surfaces, reduction of so-called ‘urban heat islands’, as well as improvements to roof surface insulation (including noise reduction properties). The work also includes analysis of structural recommendations for roofs with extensive and intensive green areas, a model green roof study which will enable pilot research into the influence of green roofs on the environment in urban agglomerations, and proposes different kinds of plants for different kinds of roofs, respectively.

Keywords: green roof, urban areas, air pollution, rainwater, roof insulation