The cities of Melbourne and Victoria Australia have released their Growing Green Guide, a comprehensive guide to green roofs and living walls. City officials released this guide in an effort to combat the Urban Heat Island Effect and dwindling green space within the city of Melbourne. A recent study showed that between 1988 and 2009 the amount of green space in Melbourne dropped from 20% to 13.6%. Temperatures are rising within the city as a result of this diminished green space.
The Growing Green Guide gives building owners and architects the resources they need to ensure successful applications of green roofs and vegetated walls. The guide is comprehensive, covering evidence for the benefits of green roofs and vegetated walls, technical guides for proper installation and maintenance, and case studies of applications within the city. You can download the full Growing Green Guide.