Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Green roof transformed!

What a transformation!

This incredible flower is managing to make a home on the roof of the civil engineering building.

From barren to living:

The process:

The boxes are laid down, thermocouples are placed and the soil vermiculite mix is filled in by our willing volunteers! Thanks guys!

Typical! You can see who does all the real work around here ;-)

Next comes the irrigation and some rather... overzealous helpers!

What a moment!

Finally it all starts coming together! Note Hillman building's new green acquisition in the background!

Grateful thanks to all those involved in making this happen! It's a brilliant start to a fantastic IP :-)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Welcome to all the 3rd yrs who have signed up to follow the project! Hopefully we should have some stuff on the roof soon. Also coming up: photos of our plants enjoying the green houses before facing the harsh roof :-)

Monday, February 1, 2010


Welcome to the Wits Green Roof blog - where, hopefully, we'll be able to have an online space to get together, coordinate things and share information about the project. The Wits Green roof initiative is a plan to not only promote research into green roofs, but all ways in which a building can be retrofitted to become more environmentally sustainiable.

The Green roof initiative is still in its early days,but we'll keep posting updates on its developments on this blog.

This initiative has started within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, which has already developed solar geyser heating and is currently working on a grey water system.
Parts of our research will be advised by Michael Hickman, a horticulturist who worked with green roofs in Germany, and Clive Greenstone of Green Roof Designs. To see some of the great work that they've done in and around Durban, check the following links: