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Re-Imagining Wood Challenge

Green Cooler For Your Roof From Wooden Boxes

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  • #2257

    AADHITHYA
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    @saadithya

    My concept is to use the wood from old furniture to create a big wooden box that fits on the roof of your house no matter if it is inclined also.The wooden box is filled with soil and plants and grass are planted in it.This will act as a natural cooler and keeps your house cool and help you save energy bill as well.In the initial stages wood as it is having the ability to absorb moisture it will provide ideal conditions for the growth of plants and grass and later when the plants grow and mature slowly the wood rots and degrades leaving only a layer of plants and grass on the top of your roof that keeps your house cool.
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    We are no limited in growing grasses alone we can even make a vegetable garden and fruit garden in the top of our home and we will have fresh supply unadulterated fruits and vegetables that does not contain any pesticides.

    we can even take an innovative approach any check out never seen before aspects of it as well.For eg:-Build a small box made from wood and when the watermelon is small keep it inside the box when it grows completely then it will occupy a cuboidal shape thus it will be easier to place these things in fridges.

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  • #2260

    Gabriel Tarmassi
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    @gabriel-tarmassi

    Hi,

    i pretty much like the idea, but it is already existing known as “extensive roof greening”. It has many benefits though, not only that it keeps your house cool, but the layer of soil also functions as an extra insulation in cold weather conditions plus it protects your roof from rain.

    #2262

    AADHITHYA
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    @saadithya

    extensive roof greening already exists but it is not so successful till now as it is not practiced using wooden boxes.By using wooden boxes it can overcome all the difficulties.

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    romney shipway
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    @rdshipway

    When doing living roofs it has to be considered in the building process and cant be merely added later. All typical roofing materials asphalt, metal , tar, and of course wood will all decay at a accelerated rate when kept damp. And using wood boxes in this application with actually cause more difficulties down the road as they decay. Green roof systems typically have a material such as a weave or net that holds all the plants root systems in place. Without some sort of anchoring all the plants and soil will wash off the roof in heavy down pours and under heavy snow loads when they melt.

    #2292

    D Gaker
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    @damiang

    I believe the idea would work best in hot dry climates, where the main purpose would be to shade the roof rather than to grow plants.   The wood will last a long time and will not conduct heat to the roof material as metal would.  This will also lengthen the life of the roof because UV will cause tar and asphalt to deteriorate.

    #2320

    Mark Anson
    Member
    @mark

    I like any details and ideas that help get our roofs growing.  The trick is incorporating the green element as part of a building system.

    Your concept can probably gain a lot of detail from “rain screens” and “living walls”.  Basically a roof is a wall with a horizontal component.  Wind, snow, rain, and earthquake are all typical loads that most get transferred to your building structure.  The problem is in the attachment penetrating though your primary water barrier, even in a hot climate.

    It looks like your photos are using sedums.  Sedums hold up well to low nutrients, shallow roots and harsh climates.  The nice thing is that you plant a lot of different sedums and the most appropriate will eventually flourish.  Have you incorporated a water reservoir into the root bed?  This maintains water for the plant and water for evaporative cooling.

    Do be careful, if there is enough water to saturate the wood box, then there may be enough water to damage the roof.

    It looks like you are building interesting habitats. Chickens, cats, rats, birds, bats, insects……they all might find a nice new home (some good some bad).  Either way, cleaning the roof will be important as critters teeth and dung can do more damage than sun.  Periodic roof inspections are critical, especially when experimenting.  Do you have a system for easy dismantling?

    I love that your example looks more like a creative process then a modular process.  More work, but really beautiful.

    #2332

    Saskia van Manen
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    @sassiko

    Cool chicken coop!

    What about collaborating with an installer of green roofs who provides the infrastructure to keep a green roof in place? If they could provide a design that would enable these wooden boxes to be slotted in it would provide an easy way to vegetate the roof. If a certain plant species didn’t grow as as anticipated the box could easily be swapped for another (as the plants would die before the box would decompose). In addition the roof could easily be inspected if necessary as not all the vegetation would have to be removed, therefore retaining most of the benefits of the roof while maintenance is carried out on specific areas. I can even imagine these boxes being offered at local farmer’s markets!

    #2331

    Saskia van Manen
    Member
    @sassiko

    Cool chicken coop!

    What about collaborating with an installer of green roofs who provides the infrastructure to keep a green roof in place? If they could provide a design that would enable these wooden boxes to be slotted in it would provide an easy way to vegetate the roof. If a certain plant species didn’t grow as as anticipated the box could easily be swapped for another (as the plants would die before the box would decompose). In addition the roof could easily be inspected if necessary as not all the vegetation would have to be removed, therefore retaining most of the benefits of the roof while maintenance is carried out on specific areas. I can even imagine these boxes being offered at local farmer’s markets!

    #2338

    D Gaker
    Member
    @damiang

    The California Academy of Sciences has a great green roof with a lot of information available.

    http://www.calacademy.org/academy/building/the_living_roof/

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    ciscolara
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    @ciscolara

    You should make out some kind of roof tile. some kind of product made of wood. that can hold dirt and let grass grow. like a kind of product

    #2413

    D Gaker
    Member
    @damiang

    Perhaps a wood shingle roof with an air-gap underneath it.  This will provide the cooling effect desired as well as provide a place for plants to grow.

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    ciscolara
    Member
    @ciscolara

    yes something like that good idea!

    #2441

    AADHITHYA
    Participant
    @saadithya

    Thanks to everyone for lot of support and suggestions….

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