Rooftops Gone Green A review of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass

Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living (Timber Press) is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs, giving homeowners a do-it-yourself, low-cost approach to improving their water conservation and energy costs. Authors Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass, the creator of the first green roof nursery in the U.S, explain that a green roof differs from a rooftop garden because “rather than being grown in individual containers, the plants are in a more continuous layer of soil, which allows interaction between the plants and is more akin to a natural system.”

Full of pictures and easy to read, the guide profiles more than 40 homeowners around the globe who created green roofs on their homes, sheds, studios and garages of all shapes and sizes. Each profile includes how-to tips readers can use to design, construct and maintain a similar domestic or small-scale green roof project. Each featured project concludes with what works. Wendy from Northwest London has noticed “an increase in wildlife on the roof, including birds collecting nesting material from the dead flower stalks in spring.” Emilio Ancaya of Raleigh, North Carolina, now has an oasis from the summer heat. “Cooling was not expected but is a great additional benefit,” he says. Adds Jane Phillips who was profiled on the green roof she and her family built on their shed in Custer, Ohio: “Don’t be afraid to build a green roof. It’s very rewarding and well worth it.”

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