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Green Roofs - basic concepts and application

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Additional course evaluations for LK0319

Academic year 2020/2021

Green Roofs - basic concepts and application (LK0319-10186) 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Green Roofs - basic concepts and application (LK0319-10280) 2019-09-02 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Green Roofs - basic concepts and application (LK0319-10285) 2018-09-03 - 2019-01-20

LK0319 Green Roofs - basic concepts and application, 15.0 Credits

Gröna tak - grundläggande koncept och användning

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Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Green roofs in urban planning and policy developm. 3.00 1002
Effects of green roofs on the urban environment 6.00 1003
Building green roofs with quality 6.00 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

The equivalence of general entrance requirements for higher education studies


The course has as general aims to facilitate for students to expand their knowledge of different types of green roofs. During the course students will treat questions connected to delivery of ecosystem services from green solutions, how different green roofs influence the urban environment and how these aspects can be brought in urban planning. The course will also bring up questions connected to safe installation of green roofs on buildings and how vegetation and soil can be designed to achieve high quality.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- give examples of different types of vegetation covered roofs and explain their respective advantages and disadvantages with regard to the urban environment
- give examples of how green roofs can be integrated in urban planning as well as describe which ecosystem services that can be connected to green roofs
- give a detailed description and discuss how green roofs influence the urban environment with regard to urban hydrology, urban energy balances, biodiversity, aesthetics, air quality and recreation values
- have a basic understanding of how an installation of a green roof can influence the building envelope including sealing membrane and building energy balance
- be able to explain how substrate and soil suited for different types of green roofs function, can be designed and specified at procurement. The students should also be able to give example different components for green roof substrates.


The course covers green roofs from a broad perspective as it stretches over the multifunctionality of the systems in relation to the urban environment and the complex context in the border between design, technology and biology. In this, the course stretches from biology and soil science to how one can design and use roofscapes for human experience. The development of knowledge connected to green roofs has gone fast during the latest 15 the years and there are many international scientific environments that work with the questions. The course will have an international perspective on green roofs.

The course is based on literature studies, lectures, exercises and field trips as well as a final project work.

The course covers the following aspects connected to green roofs:
- green roofs influence on the urban environment in relation to urban hydrology, urban energy balances, biodiversity, aesthetics, air quality and recreation,
- planning tools for urban green infrastructure,
- building construction,
- definitions and concepts connected to different types of vegetation-covered roofs,
- presentation of different types of green roofs,
- basic soil science,
- basic plant ecology and plant physiology,
- design and implementation of green roofs.

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination takes place through a large project work and a number of home assignments. A Pass grade for the entire course requires a passed project work, a passed project presentation as well as passed home assignments.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0319 Application code: SLU-10325 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 50%