Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Homeowners

Author(s): Nigel Dunnett; Dusty Gedge; John Little; Ed Snodgrass; Edmund C. Snodgrass


Until now, the green roof movement has been limited to large-scale, professional endeavors and public buildings. But homeowners everywhere are catching onto the benefits of a green roof--water conservation, energy savings, and storm water management. In Small Green Roofs authors Dunnett, Gedge, Little, and Snodgrass profile ordinary homeowners who scaled green roofs down to the domestic level.

Small Green Roofs is the first book to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs. More than forty profiles of small and domestic-scale projects of all shapes and sizes include green roofs on sheds, garden offices, studios, garages, houses, bicycle sheds, and other small structures, as well as several community projects. For each project, details are given for design, construction, and installation, as well as how-to tips on how the roof was planted and cared for.

For readers looking for inspiration when hiring a contractor or taking the adventurous step of building their own, Small Green Roofs provides the knowledge and encouragement to make it possible.


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Shortlisted for Garden Media Guild Book Award: Reference Book of the Year 2011.

Nigel Dunnett is a leading authority on green roofs and an active campaigner with an international profile. He travels regularly to speak and attend conferences in both Europe and the USA. Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and founder of, which is the UK's only independent green roofs association that promotes vegetated roof structuresA" in urban and rural areas. He speaks regularly at conferences and meetings on green roof topics and runs workshops that teach amateurs how to make green roofs. John Little is Director of The Grass Roof Company in the UK. He has developed a national reputation for his innovative green-roofed small buildings for schools, gardens and community use. Edmund C. Snodgrass is the owner of Emory Knoll Farms, the largest supplier of green roof plants in the United States. He is also a coauthor of Green Roof Plants and The Green Roof Manual. He regularly speaks at conferences and meetings across the U.S. on green roof topics.

General Fields

  • : 9781604690590
  • : Timber Press, Incorporated
  • : Timber Press, Incorporated
  • : April 2011
  • : 230mm X 205mm X 17mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nigel Dunnett; Dusty Gedge; John Little; Ed Snodgrass; Edmund C. Snodgrass
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 256
  • : 220 colour photographs