Start of competition: The Greenest Garden of the Year 2017 in Trondheim, Norway

Start of competition “The Greenest garden of the year 2017″  in Trondheim, Norway (in Norwegian: Årets grønneste hage Trondheim 2017) is a local garden competition in Trondheim city area. Norwegian association “Bioveier i byen” with support of administration of Trondheim city (in Norwegian: … Continue reading

08 Green roof in Oslo / Pilestredet Park 20

08 Green roof in Oslo / Pilestredet Park 20

This is also an extensive green roof in Pilestredet Park. The roof is different from most of roofs, because it is a lot of shade, because of the big ventilation pipes on the roof. Of course pipes limited my study … Continue reading

03 Green roof in Oslo / Pilestredet Park 25

03 Green roof in Oslo / Pilestredet Park 25

Pilestredet Park 25 Pilestredet park is a district in Oslo which is knows as an ecological. In the project architects used a lot of reused materials, pedestrians and cycling areas, sorting of waste, reusing water for pools and of course … Continue reading

02 Green roof in Oslo / Haraldrud Gjenvinning /Part 1

02 Green roof in Oslo / Haraldrud Gjenvinning /Part 1

Haraldrud Gjenvinning building has a biggest green roof in Oslo, Norway. It is 27 000 square meters. A small description: I am writing my master thesis about “Extensive green roofs in Oslo”. I spent 5 weeks in Oslo, Norway studying … Continue reading

Participation in 4th International Green Roof Congress

The 4th International Green Roof Congress was held at Zorlu Center in Istanbul, 20-21 April. A motto of the congress is “Explore the nature on the Rooftop” and Congress Theme is Green Roofs in Dry and Mediterranean Climates. Excursion on … Continue reading

What is the best way to reduce local floodings?

English: Illustration of relationship between ...

English: Illustration of relationship between impervious surfaces and surface runoff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Problems:  Water Pollution, floodings and big amount of money for stormwater management what we have today in places in which grey infrastructure are used.

What is the best way to reduce local floodings?

First, I want to explain, what issues we have, if we use grey infrastructure. Grey infrastructure is a system of pipes which convey water runoff from roads, pathways and roofs more often outside of the city.

According to ASLA report “Banking on Green”, the best way is return to natural processes such as usage of soils and vegetation to infiltrate, evapotranspire, and/or recycle stormwater runoff. It means creation new sustainable GREEN Infrastructure.

The ASLA offers three options and provide examples of significant results in relation to effectiveness, esthetics and cost-effectiveness. 

Three green solutions:

  • Pervious material for pavement, instead of impervious materials like asphalt and concrete
  • Creation wetlands or rain gardens or green streets (low swale, wetland biofilter, water quality garden), plants can intercept runoff
  • establish Green roofs, they accumulate a big amount of water and reduce runoff from the roof

Green Infractracture techniques is shown a positive effect in High School in Lousiana, City of Portland, Green Roofs in Washington, DC and others.

Advantages of GREEN Infrastructure:

  • is cost-effective (less expensive managing of runoff and infrastructure cost)
  • increase energy-efficiency and reduce energy costs by reducing heating and cooling demands
  • give opportunity to re-use water runoff for landscaping
  • reduce flooding, therefore reduce damages to property and capital for storm water volume control
  • reduce water pollution and improve water quality
  • reusing water more efficiently on site
  • improve air quality
  • increase habitat and green spaces 
  • enhance human health

ASLA also provide an education clip about the topic:

http://www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes/Vid_Watermanagement.html