The World Green
Roof Congress & Green Roof Week
Basel, Switzerland 2005
by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen All
photos courtesy Stephan Brenneisen
Basel a Green Roof City!
The 1st World Green Roof Congress will be held at the University of
Basel in Basel, Switzerland on
September 15-16th 2005. The city of Basel is appropriate for the Congress as
it is one of the pioneers of governmental promotion and aid as well as
research on green roofs. Already 20% of its flat roofs are greened
providing a magnificent variety of green roof examples. Basel is the
ideal place to discuss supporting campaigns, research, further strategies
and see green roofs as a new urban green space vision in reality!
Green roofs in
Basel - a new vision in the urban sky. Photo by Pia
The World Green Roof
Congress is the Kick Off of a New 1.5 Million Swiss Franc Campaign
The event is organised by the University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil and
the Swiss Agency of Green Buildings SFG, together with the International
Green Roof Association (IGRA), Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the
University of Basel. The city of Basel is convinced about the
trendsetting perspective of green roofs, therefore the government of Basel
decided to start a new green roof support campaign financed by 1.5 million
Swiss francs out of the Energy Saving Fund of Basel. The 1st World
Green Roof Congress will be the official kick off of this new campaign.
More than 40 green roof experts from 12 countries will discuss
opportunities, standards and new scientific investigations of ecological
constructions with green roofs. Due to the participation of the
European and American green roof organisations the congress will serve as an
international platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience between
landscape architects, scientists and green roof designers and installers.
Simultaneous translation in English/German is guaranteed.
Green roofs in
Norway - landscape visions reaching our cities. Photo by
The conference will highlight current thinking and future trends in
innovative green roof solutions and research and is intended to help inform
current public and private sector decision-making. The outcomes of the
conference will formally feed into a number of European and worldwide
research and policy initiatives which support green roof knowledge and
markets. In Basel world famous architects like Herzog & De Meuron as
well as Diener + Diener combine their architecture with the ecological
design of a green roof on the fifth facade.
roofs with modern architecture - award winning architects Herzog
& De Meuron and the new type of ecological designed green roofs
in Basel. Photo by Stephan Brenneisen.
Special Keynote Speakers Program
The keynote speakers of the World Green Roof Congress will provide
extraordinary contributions underlining the green roof visions and
perspectives of different famous experts of sustainable urban planning:
Premiere of the audio-visual show "The Conflict about Beauty – Aesthetics
between Nature and Architecture" for The World Green Roof Congress in
Basel by Prof. Dr. Bernd Lötsch, General Director, Natural History Museum,
"Whole Life Cost Analysis of Green Roof Systems" by Brad Bamfield, The
Solution Organisation, Chair of The Whole Life Cost Forum, UK, concerning
the meaning of whole life costs and the relationship between whole life
costs and sustainability. Furthermore, Brad will focus on the
integration of capital and revenue costs – is it really possible?
"Biotope City" by Prof. Dr. Helga Fassbinder, Technical University
Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Global warming and urban heat islands with
consequences for city dwellers have been topical for some time – so why
aren’t “Green Cities“ already the norm?
"Earth Houses – Living Under the Ground" by Peter Vetsch, Swiss architect.
Peter Vetsch has built more than 40 earth houses of many different kinds
since 1974. He will tell us about his broad experience of roof
greening, using the premise that buildings should be integrated as
completely as possible into their surroundings and landscape, and that we
should return to nature a good part of what we steal from her when we build.
- living under the ground. Photo by Desair.
Green Roof Week Providing Excursions, Training Courses and Trade Show
The complementary Green Roof Week (12 -17th September 2005) will provide a
wide-ranging excursion programme from one to three-day trips, showing
examples of good practice on famous green roofs in Switzerland and the
surrounding area of Basel. A specialized Green Roof Course
entitled "Sustainable Strategies for Green Roofs" will be held on two days,
and you may take them either individually or together as follows:
September 14: Theory; and September 17: Practical
The course is about construction-ecologically and focused on the
construction of green roofs. The topics are mostly interesting for experts
such as architects, planners, horticulture experts, landscape architects,
but also for private and employees of environmental agencies and
famous, 90 year-old naturalized green roof "Moos" in
Wollishofen, Switzerland, with an orchid meadow. Photo by
Get in touch with green roofs, the new urban vision!
The aims of the World Green Roof Congress and the Green Roof Week are to
bring together a wide range of professionals such as architects, planners,
landscape designers, environmental consultants, experts from green roof
companies, politicians, and more to share good practice experience,
research, problem-solving knowledge, and the application of new techniques
Download the Program PDF
here. See the prices and Register
here. See all the details at
Dr. Stephan Brenneisen is
the Coordinator, World Green Roof Congress and President SFG, Green Roof
Competence Centre, University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil. Stephan may be reached at Hochschule
Waedenswil, Fachbereich Naturmanagement, FACHSTELLE DACHBEGRUENUNG,
Gruental, Postfach 335, CH- 8820 Waedenswil; Tel ++41 (0)1 789 99 29; Fax
++41 (0)1 789 99 40;