Green Roofing in Singapore

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Today’s guest post is from online writer Mary Fineday, who recently took a trip to Singapore, a country that recently hosted the 2010 International Skyrise Greenery Conference.  While there, Mary was struck by some amazing architecture that may mark a standard feature to the cities of the future.  Mary tells us all about it here in this exclusive post …


I recently spent a gorgeous week in Singapore, staying at a beach-side resort and taking the city’s amazing public transit north to explore one of the wealthiest cities on the planet. There, I learned that Singaporeans love their green roofing. There’s a mix of astronomical wealth, conspicuous consumption, and a desire for innovation that fosters the green roofing trend. Plus, the city’s lush rainforest climate makes any garden grow, even the ones on the sides of buildings.

Singapore was the home of the 2010 International Skyrise Greenery Conference, designed to “present the latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of rooftop greenery and vertical greenery.” In short, some intelligent types discussing how to turn the world’s roofs into verdant land.

As roofing companies around the world scramble to figure out the finer points of sod, many buildings in Singapore are ahead of the curve. Take Nanyang Technological University, for example. The Singapore school features a wide swath of green stretching over the roof of its School of Art, Design, and Media, making the building look more like an eco-friendly Möbius strip than a five-story building.

Or consider the green roof at Marina Barrage, which is about the size of four football fields and doubles as a recreational park. For just S$900 a day, you could even rent a portion of this green haven for your wedding reception.

Green roofs are a gorgeous way to cool down buildings, save on energy costs, reduce drainage issues, and give people a place to spend their lunch breaks. I have a vision of taking my lunch up to the highest point of the design school roof and going on an impromptu nature walk as I eat my sandwich. The idea of fusing the practical, a stable roof, with the pleasing, is something more roofing companies should consider in all their projects.

What’s next for green roofing? I’d love to see this trend spread to residential homes in hospitable climates around the world. Beyond the utility bill savings and eco-friendly charm, just imagine how funny it would be to take a walk and see each home bathed in leafy greens.


Thanks a lot, Mary.

Among other sites, Mary is a regular contributor to, a home furnishings and design site.  You can follow @homeownernut on Twitter



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