Guidelines for designing green roofs that promote human health and well-being
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In dense, urban areas, where pollution is highly concentrated, green roof s show tremendous potential as a method of beautifying cityscapes, improving air quality, supplying extra farmland, saving energy, fulfilling many other multi-functional applications, and most importantly, promoting human health and well-being. This paper examines the guidelines from The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES) that have been applied generally for evaluating sustainable spaces, and the paper seeks to draw out the significance and applicability of some of these guidelines as guidelines for designing green roofs in particular. Using three case studies, these guidelines are applied as criteria for evaluating green roofs in terms of their effectiveness in promoting humans’ physical, mental, and social well-being. Finally a projective design addressing human health and well-being illustrates and evaluates the application of the design strategies on the Boyd Building at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.