Green Roof Test Facility

Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Area(s) of Expertise

The Green Roof Testing Facility is the only long-term green roof research facility in Atlantic Canada. We conduct research on plant ecology related to green roofs. The facility is instrumented, allowing us to collect long-term datasets showing the benefits of green roofs over time. Our two main goals are to quantify the benefits of green roof ecosystems and the impact of plant species and species mixtures on green roof functioning. We do this from an ecological perspective, which is uncommon in the green roof field.

What the facility does

Green roof ecosystem research

Research Services

Plant trials, roof-performance evaluation, storm-water runoff analysis, time-series analysis — green roof thermal performance, ecological experiments, biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research

Sectors of Application
  • Environmental technologies and related services

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Lower library green roof facility

8 heat flux plates;

 

40 thermocouple temperature probes;

 

data logger;

 

weather station;

 

12 tipping buckets for quantifying storm-water runoff;

 

16 replicated roof cells

Quantify thermal and hydrological performance of green roof systems

Green roof modules

~600 modules with green roof substrate

Quantify effects of different plant species and mixtures on thermal and hydrological functioning of green roofs

Atrium green roof facility

28 heat flux plates;

 

96 thermocouple temperature probes;

 

data loggers; 

 

tipping bucket rain gauge;

 

24 replicated green roof cells;

 

space for modular system described above

Quantify thermal and hydrological performance of green roof systems;

quantify effects of different plant species and mixtures on thermal and hydrological functioning of green roofs

  • VitaRoofs
  • ELT Easy Green
  • Live Roof

Title

URL

Green Roof Research at Saint Mary’s University

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk8b4JnR_Fs&fmt=22

Atrium Living Wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ9c0cU5D1c&feature=related