High on the rooftops of Beijing are hundreds of thousands of plants. But these are no ordinary gardens. This vegetation is designed to lower the temperature of the city, reduce flooding and lower energy consumption. This is China’s Green Roof Revolution. The first green roofs were created in China in the 1960s. But in recent years, the number of green roofs have…. Well….gone through the roof, thanks in part to government subsidies for green roofs on public buildings. Green roofs have also captured the imagination of Beijing residents like Zhang Guichun, who created one above his house to get the satisfaction of growing his own veg, but has seen the temperature inside his building drop by several degrees. His green roof is also helping to reduce the overall temperature in Beijing. City temperatures are higher than surrounding countryside – an effect which scientists call the the Urban Heat Island Effect. Using a thermal imaging camera Ma Liya from Beijing Praries Green Space demonstrates how green roofs can help reduce this effect and shares her knowledge on how to create a successful green roof. For more documentaries and footage from China, be sure to subscribe to China Icons! Discover more on our website: https://chinaicons.com Join in the conversation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChinaIcons/ Check out behind the scenes filming pics and more on our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/china_icons… Stay up to date with China Icons on our Twitter: Tweets by chinaicons Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsGreen Revolution Series: Green RoofsOptigrShipping container house – Green roofPrairie Green RoofGreen Roof Overview by Greensulate CEO, Amy Norquist.China’s Great Green Grid? Capturing Wasted Wind and Solar Power for Bluer Skies and Clearer Waters
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