Podcasts — 02 June 2015

Podcast 6:

Clive Greenstone from Green Roof designs joins us on Podcast No 6 to talk about the ideal design for a green roof.

Join us on Podcast No 6 to find out:

  •  What is the definition of a green roof?
  • What is a “homo-urbanite”?
  • What are the ideal plant species to use for your geographical area?
  • The four main and key advantages to using green roofs?
  • Will animal bio-diversity increase if you are creating more plant habitats?
  • How many green stars can you score in the GBCSA’s rating tools by having a green roof?
  • What products to use for waterproofing?

Introduction to the topic

As we in South Africa start to look at the way we construct and insulate our buildings, green roofs are being considered.   Besides the insulating and cooling effect there are a number of advantages to green roofs, which are discussed in the podcast.

There are two ways green roofs can be constructed – directly onto the roof structure and or in modules or trays.

Resources and links mentioned in this issue include


PDF document on how to construct a green roof by Clive Greenstone

Guideline Document for Designing Green Roof Habitats produced by the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department – Ethekwini Municipality with help from studies conducted by Clive Greenstone.

The Green Pilot Project is detailed in this report and there are many graphs showing the main advantages of the green roofs.

For any additional information you can email Clive at:

Email: info@greenroofdesigns.co.za

Clive qualified as a Water Reticulation Engineer in 1995 and studied towards a Diploma in Nature Conservation at (TECH S.A)-(1999-2000). He also holds

A Bachelor of Social Science Degree, an Honors in Political Science and Development Studies focusing on Environmental History and Policy and a Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning (UKZN) where his thesis was on rooftop agricultural green roofs.


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