University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
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Small scale weighing lysimeter on the research green roof in Neubrandenburg; All Photos and Graphics Courtesy Manfred K?hler.Project Name: University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
Year: 1998
Owner: Ministry of Education
Location: Neubrandenburg, Germany
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 21528 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Manfred K?hler

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Mansberg
Greenroof System: Optima
Researcher: Manfred K?hler, University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg
Climate research instruments, installed in 1999 on one of the Buildings of the University of Applied Sciences in NeubrandenburgSummer infrared measurents on the research green roof at about 09:00 - see infrared charts below.Students are calculating the annual biomass development of spontaneous woody plant species on the research green roof.
The GREEN ROOF CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE is an integral part of the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg. The students of Landscape Architecture learn about the technical and ecological requirements of green roofs during their studies. Colleagues from a number of disciplines within the University collaborate with the research activities. Changes in ecosystems are a slow process. The GREEN ROOF CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE in Neubrandenburg is continuing long term research studies started in the 1980?s to quantify the above benefits by monitoring vegetation in and on buildings.

Located in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region, two University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg test greenroofs were completed in 1998 and 2000. Each roof measures approximately 1,000 m2 each, and the test/research aspects of the site include: Biodiversity, climate, energy savings, and rain water retention.
Climate chamber inside of the lab of Civil Engineering: Model cube to test green roof energy performance. All Photos and Graphics Courtesy Manfred K?hler.Tipping counter equipment installed in the drain pipe systems under the different green roof variables.
Growing media and plant species have been tested there, and the main focus of testing is based on the modification of climate parameters on the green roofs. The various monitoring parameters include: temperatures within the growing media and on the surface using infra red; radiation balances; air speed; precipitation and runoff. The most important instrument here is the lysimeter, which measures the water content that percolates through the depth of the growth media.

The monitoring for the University of Applied Sciences in Neubrandenburg is comparable in equipment to the older Ufa-factory in Berlin ? Templehof green roof research.

Additional thumbnail photos:

As an example of data aquisition on the green roofs in Neubrandenburg.Equipment: Infrarotcamera der Firma Jenoptik, Varioscan HighResolution, 3221 ST; Surfaces under extreme climate situations can be observed. Small differences in the pattern of greened and non greened areas on the same roof becomes visible.Three lines: L01: Line on a well growing area, L02: a dark growing media; L03: The concrete path in the morning shade. Thermal photo at left.This is the model of stormwater survey in Neubrandenburg: Precipitation, run off measurements and at the same time the measurement of the change in water content of the growing medium. All Photos and Graphics Courtesy Manfred K?hler.
For more information about this project, please visit www.gruendach-mv.de or contact Manfred K?hler at: koehler@hs-nb.de.
 
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