Green living and green buildings in the German city of Dusseldorf prove the sky is the limit when it comes to taking care of our urban environments. Trading tiles for vegetation, green roofs promise both environmental and economic benefits.

Yet Dusseldorf is home to more than 730,000 square meters of greenery above people’s heads.

That’s roughly equivalent to 100 football fields spread over some 1,700 buildings and last year this feat won the city an award from the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).

More than just a rooftop garden, a ‘green roof’ is a different way of approaching architecture, using vegetation supported by waterproof materials instead of conventional construction materials.

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  1. Wow, I love the idea of green roofs. Way to go Dusseldorf. More cities especially urban areas should take an exapmle of this. No doubt about the environmental or aesthetic benefits, but what about the economic benefits of having such a roof?what are the approximate costs of getting such a roof and the costs of maintaining it??and does it have any other advantages over ordinary roofs?

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