The Growing Green Guide has been developed with advice from industry experts and knowledge from academic research, to explain how to create high quality green roofs, walls and facades.
The Growing Green Guide was the result of three years' collaborative work between the Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra and Stonnington, the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Government and industry experts. It is designed to assist existing and new buildings to use their roofs, walls and facades to work together with the environment. Green walls, facades and rooftops not only have a visual attractiveness, but help cool the city and retain stormwater which can help reduce flash flooding. The guide was made possible through AU$250,000 (US$231,500) in funding from the Victorian Government's Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership programme. The guide contains innovative ideas for cooling buildings and the environment, as well as some case studies.
This guide is written for professionals who may be involved in the design, construction and maintenance of green roofs, walls and/or facades. It is also relevant to developers, homeowners, and local and state governments.
The guide is targeted at projects based in Melbourne and Victoria, Australia, but is also largely relevant for a wider geographic area.
The Growing Green Guide is released under a Creative Commons licence to encourage periodic updates and use of the information in a range of places.