Premises of realizing novel green infrastructure in construction processes – case green roofs

 

Premises of realizing novel green infrastructure in construction processes – case green roofs

Nature-based solutions to environmental challenges, such as climate change, are considered increasingly important in urban areas. Various modes of green infrastructure are seen as a means to offer ecosystem services and protect biodiversity. Vegetated roofs represent a modern way to green the urban environment and offer several benefits, including the management of storm waters and improving amenity values. The aim of this study is to explore how green roofs are adopted and realized in large construction processes in Finland, and what kinds of constraints or facilitating agents there are in the process. Our study reveals that integrating vegetation to building structures challenges the conventions and traditional roles of the construction field. The successful realization of such solutions requires integrative know-how and comprehensive planning and co-design with all key players involved from the beginning to the end.

KEYWORDS:

Green infrastructure, construction process, green roof (vegetated roof), urban environment, integration

Marja Mesimäki

VTM, tohtorikoulutettava, Helsingin yliopisto