Title: Space for urban wildlife : designing green roofs as habitats in Switzerland
Authors : Brenneisen, Stephan
Published in : Urban Habitats
Volume(Issue) : 4
Issue : 1
Pages : 27
Pages to: 36
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Center for Urban Restoration Ecology
Issue Date: 2006
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Green roofs; Biodiversity; Urban planning; Habitat design
Subject (DDC) : 577: Ecology
720: Architecture
Abstract: Research focusing on the biodiversity potential of green roofs has led to an amendment in building and construction law in Basel, Switzerland. As part of the city's biodiversity strategy, green roofs are now mandatory on new buildings with flat roofs, and guidance is provided for the creation of different plant and animal habitats on the green roofs. Design criteria for the creation of these habitats include varying the substrate thickness and using natural soils from nearby areas. (Studies of green roofs in Zurich, Switzerland, have shown that natural soils can benefit biodiversity through their suitability for locally and regionally endangered species.) The design and construction of green roofs to re-create habitats require close cooperation among all specialists involved. Research and comprehensive planning are also important for creating space on roofs for urban wildlife.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
ISSN: 1541-7115
URI: http://www.urbanhabitats.org/v04n01/wildlife_pdf.pdf
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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