Perception and barriers to implementation of intensive and extensive green roofs in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Md Aslam Hossain, Shahriar Shams, Mahmud Amin, Md Sumon Reza, Tanvir Uddin Chowdhury

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Abstract

Buildings are one of the biggest consumers of fossil fuels, and thus, contribute largely to greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, a large number of studies have been conducted and innovative ideas or green solutions have been invented, adopted, and implemented across the globe. These solutions are often contextual and heavily dependent on local environmental and socio-economic factors. Green roofs are such an example. Green roofs (both intensive and extensive) for buildings have been successfully adopted in many countries around the world. Bangladesh, a developing country that can benefit from green roofs, seems to remain in complete darkness regarding its potential. The objective of this study is to identify the reasons why green roofs have not been widely implemented in Bangladesh, especially in the capital Dhaka, even though, theoretically, the climatic conditions of this country favor this technology. This study focuses on the perception of the construction industry to comprehend the possible obstacles they are facing towards using green roofs in their designs. A questionnaire study was conducted among architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, and owners who are at different levels of experience in their respective fields. The results indicate a gap in knowledge and misconceptions, which are major hindrances to the implementation of green roofs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number79
JournalBuildings
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Buildings
  • Energy
  • Green roofs
  • Mega city
  • Urban heat island

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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