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Nature Based Solution
Green Roofs

N13 Smart Roof

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Climate Resilience Water Management Natural and Climate Hazards Biodiversity Enhancement Air Quality Health and Well-being Social Justice and Social Cohesion

Capillary smart roofs are a unique type of extensive green roof equipped with an additional water retention and drainage system underneath the vegetation layer. During dry periods, the stored water is naturally (i.e. without energy input) returned via capillary fiber cylinders to the vegetation layer. Because 100% of the storm water can be reused for irrigation, smart roofs represent cyclic water management. They additionally provide benefits similar to extensive green roofs including basic habitat provision, reduction of localized air temperature and storm water management.

Conditions for Implementation
  • Emergency overflows
  • Waterproofing the surface of the roof
  • Sufficient load-bearing capacity including underground support structures
Similar Terminology
Capillary smart roof
Blue-Green roof
    Cooling Service Transpiration
    Building (Insulation)
    Reflection (Albedo)
    Surface Water Regulation Water Conveyance
    Water Infiltration
    Water Retention
    Water Storage
    Water Reuse
    Water Purification Water Filtering
    Water Bio-remediation
    Air Purification and Noise Reduction Deposition
    Air Biofiltration
    Noise Reduction
    Biodiversity Habitat Provision
    Socio-Cultural Services Beauty / Appearance
    Usability / Functionality
    Social Interaction
    Provisioning Service Food / Energy / Material
    Climate Regulation CO2 Sequestration