Sourced from Smart Cities World
Social housing in four locations in Amsterdam are to be fitted with smart blue-green roofs to help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions. The project has been awarded European funding totalling €4.8m.
The roofs will be able to store excess water underneath the vegetation, protecting the homes and neighbourhoods from the effects of heavy showers or heat and drought.
The power of blue and green
Blue-green roofs are able to absorb much more water than ordinary green roofs. As a result, they continue to produce evaporation during hot, dry weather. This, reportedly, cools the homes themselves as well as the entire neighbourhood.
The smart blue-green roofs are to be laid on 10,000 square metres of social housing buildings in four areas of Amsterdam: Bellamybuurt, Geuzenveld, Oosterpark and Kattenburg.