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dc.contributor.authorBevilacqua, Piero
dc.contributor.authorComa Arpón, Julià
dc.contributor.authorPérez Luque, Gabriel
dc.contributor.authorChocarro, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorJuárez Escario, Alejandro
dc.contributor.authorSolé Cutrona, Cristian
dc.contributor.authorDe Simone, Marilena
dc.contributor.authorCabeza, Luisa F.
dc.description.abstractIn the last few years an increasing attention has been paid to efficient energy construction systems in the building sector. Although in this contest extensive green roofs are reported to be very effective and sustainable systems, the fact that the main agents of this systems are living organisms have generated doubts, especially in locations where the development of plants and vegetation can be greatly affected by climate. This study aims to investigate the thermal performances of a 2000 m2 18 particular proprietary extensive green roof system, located on the city of Lleida (Spain), classified as Dry Mediterranean Continental climate. First, plant cover and floristic composition analysis were carried out to evaluate the dynamic of the plant layer over the surface. Then, according to the result of the botanic analysis, summer and winter study in terms of spatial and temporal factors were conducted focusing on the substrate layer, evapotranspiration effect and comparing the different behaviour of the system in low 10%) and high (80%) plant cover conditions. In this extensive green roof, the results showed temporal and spatial changes in floristic composition, with a stable cover of Sedum sp between 20 to 40 %, and a peak of colonizing species in spring and early summer. The increase in vegetation cover appears to have few effects on the above nearby roof environment because of the low moisture level in the substrate layer so that the cooling effect provided by the evapotranspiration does not take place. In addition, the increased presence of vegetation canopy may induce a limitation in substrate night cooling whereas serves as good shield for solar radiation during the day. Finally, the study also reveals the importance of the spatial factor in extensive green roofs, which can lead to not negligible variations on the thermal performance, as well as the floristic composition.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe work was partially funded by the Spanish Government (ENE2011-28269-C03-02 and ENE2011-28269-C03-03), in collaboration with Gardeny Science and Technology Park in Lleida (Spain). The authors would like to thank the architect Josep Maria Puigdemasa his provision of information about the renovation project. On the other hand the authors would like to thank the Catalan Government for the quality accreditation given to their research group (2014 SGR 123). Julià Coma wants to thank the Departament d'Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya for his research fellowship. Furthermore the research was supported by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research MIUR.
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dc.relation.ispartofBuilding and Environment, 2015, vol. 92, p. 305-316
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd, (c) Elsevier, 2015
dc.subject.classificationPlantes ornamentals
dc.subject.classificationArquitectura i clima
dc.subject.classificationArquitectura sostenible
dc.subject.otherOrnamental plants
dc.subject.otherArchitecture and climate
dc.subject.otherSustainable architecture
dc.titlePlant cover and floristic composition effect on thermal behaviour of extensive green roofs

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