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PROFILES

HARVESTING THE SUN:

THE PERFORMANCE
POTENTIAL OF THE
INTEGRATED SOLAR
GARDEN ROOF
WRITTEN BY JÖRG BREUNING

Photo credit: Frank Herzog. www.aero-art.de provided by Jörg Breuning.

It is well known that green roofs reduce
the environmental footprint of buildings
by re-introducing nature to a place
where it existed prior to the structure
being built. Many of the economic and
environmental benefits of living architecture
on structures are now a given, having been
adequately proven over the last 40 years in
most countries around the world.
LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / FALL 2016 / 22

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n 1999, and almost at the same time
when green roofs started gaining
popularity in North America, the boom
for Photovoltaic (PV) or Solar panels on
rooftops started. Many industry professionals from both technologies saw rooftop
PV as competing with green roofs for
empty roof spaces. Yet this does not have to
be the case.
Twenty years ago, I installed the first
project that combined PV and green roof
without any penetration of the waterproofing membrane. The basic idea is that a
roof can support multiple environmentally
friendly technologies without sacrificing
or compromising any benefits of either

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