The Dutch strike once again with innovation, as they begin installing blue and green roofs in Amsterdam. Here is everything you need to know about this awesome innovative project.
What does installing blue and green roofs in Amsterdam actually mean?
The idea of blue and green roofs is a new form of sustainability, that will be implemented in four areas of Amsterdam. These new roofs are able to collect excess water under their vegetation. This would allow to better protect our homes and neighborhoods from the effects of heavy showers, as well as heat and drought.
According to Rooftop Revolution, the blue-green roofs can absorb much more water than the ordinary green roofs. This means they can also evaporate moisture longer when it’s hot and dry. This also cools the homes themselves as well as the entire neighborhood.
The new blue and green roofs will also incorporate a system of sensors. This will allow them to retain or release water according to the weather forecast. The roofs will also be linked in a network, which will allow them to work together. In addition, a wider variety of plants can be grown on blue-green roofs, which is good for biodiversity.
When and where will these new blue and green roofs in Amsterdam be installed?
The project has been awarded European funding of €4.8 million. This innovative venture is set to begin soon, with the laying out of 10,000 square meters of smart blue-green roofs. The areas in which the project will take place are social housing buildings in four areas of Amsterdam: Bellamybuurt, Geuzenveld, Oosterpark and Kattenburg. This will not only help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions, but also provide sustainable homes for people who do not have their own house. The blue-green roofs will be laid over a three-year period.
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