“Green in Green”. “Green roofs and vertical gardens”

Thus the book begins by establishing technical and environmental requirements for building envelopes in order to ensure maximum energy efficiency and well-being of its occupants. On this basis, in the book the different existing types of green roofs and vertical gardens with maximum rigor and detail are discussed, and a number of bioclimatic schemes in which the behavior of a green roof is analyzed according to its composition is provided , the number of layers, isolation and thermal inertia. So complement all types of construction details are provided.

This book aims to show the possibilities of vegetation as an additional compositional element in ecological architecture, making a comprehensive analysis of all types of green roofs and vertical gardens.

The vegetation, properly used, can be an advantage in the environmental performance of architecture (reduction of energy consumption, release of oxygen to the environment, improved quality of life, …) and it can have a multiplying effect in regard to their integration with nature. In contrast, vegetation when used incorrectly, can have a significant and negative environmental impact (enormous water consumption, difficulty in recycling used water, plant death by deficiencies in irrigation, building parasites, high energy consumption …. ).

The study begins by establishing technical and environmental requirements to be met by architectural enveloping walls, in order to ensure maximum energy efficiency, and welfare of its occupants. Based on these requirements, the different types of green roof and vertical gardens are analyzed, with the utmost rigor and depth, therefore providing a large number of thermal and inertial schemes, and all kinds of construction details.

On the other hand, the book includes several lists with a variety of plant species suitable for use in both green roofs, as well as vertical gardens. Finally, the study includes a visionary proposal patented by Luis De Garrido, the «green curtain wall«, a new type of architectural envelope that can integrate walls, glass, hollow, green roofs and vertical gardens. This architectural envelope opens doors to creativity, innovation and integration of architecture with nature.

The book is completed with the analysis of several projects carried out by Luis De Garrido, that shows different possibilities for the integration of green roofs and vertical gardens in a truly ecological architecture.

Without a doubt, “Green in Green” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexities of the integration of vegetation in architecture, and accepts the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in Nature.