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November 30, 2006 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
About the topic: Green Roofs Technology
In the urban regions of British Columbia, increased population and infrastructure is resulting in an unsustainable increase in storm-water runoff and energy consumption. Green roofs have been used around the world for centuries, particularly in Western Europe, yet little is known about how they perform in localized climates. There is a pressing need to obtain objective evidence that the perceived benefits of this technology are valid in our region. BCIT’s Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology was established to: conduct applied research on how green roofs perform within Vancouver’s temperate rainforest; support process and technology innovation within the growing regional green roof industry and provide practical training opportunities on various aspects of green roof technology. This presentation will include research results on the performance of the Centre’s dedicated research roofs – reviewing storm-water runoff characteristics, thermal performance and associated energy savings.
About the presenter: Maureen Connelly is the Research Program Head for the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology and a faculty member in the department of Architectural & Building Engineering Technology. Combining a science background with a professional affiliation as an architect, Maureen has developed and managed the Centre with an applied research focus on advancing the environmental benefits of green roofs in our region. Maureen received the BCIT Applied Research Award for outstanding contribution in terms of advancement of knowledge, advancement of economic and societal well-being, through the application and implementation of new technology.