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Throughout Europe, underground parking garages utilize
greenroof systems to take advantage of all the environmental benefits of a
traditional intensive greenroof, while also
sound and stunning landscaped recreational areas to area users and residents.
and often barren, space now can be designed for public enjoyment.
Earth-sheltered buildings are worth mentioning
they offer some similar design solutions and environmental benefits, but are not
technically considered greenroofs. Greenroof build-up systems can be
customized for these applications.
there is a distinct height separation from the earth to the roof with greenroofs,
at some point earth
shelters form a continuous layer between the ground and the roof. Basically,
they are built directly into the earth. Their most similar features are the
energy-saving insulation aspect, and the natural architectural integration of
earth and structure. Energy costs for earth shelters run approximately 40 to 70%
less than those for equivalent above-ground structures (The London Ecology Unit,
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