The Green-Roofed Homes in Scandinavia

01The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaHofskirkja, Iceland

Green roofs are traditional in many Nordic countries throughout Europe, in Scandinavia the homes have been covered with sod and bark since the age of the Vikings (and before).

The Scandinavian Green Roof Association (SGRA) is a non-profit organisation with members from academia, municipal departments, green roof entrepreneurs, architects, developers and other organisations with an interest in green roofs and urban green infrastructure.

The board of SGRA has a mission-statement that explains the purpose with the organisation – why SGRA?

“SGRA drives a re-naturing of Scandinavian cities together with members and other partners, by showing the value of and removing obstacles for sustainable green roofs, walls and infrastructure. Together we are dissolving the paradigm of building grey, and establishing a new resilient collaboration with nature.”

The associations was formed in 2001 with an objective to create a network for research at Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden i Malmö which open to the public the same year 2001. In order to organize the activities at the roof garden the association later formed the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute which today still manage study tours, courses and seminars at the roof garden.

07The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaNorway

10The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaSkalholt, Iceland

02The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaThjorsardalur, Iceland

03The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaVatnajökull National Park, Iceland

04The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaMikladalur, Faroe Islands

05The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaRenndølsetra, Norway

06The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaSaksun Village, Streymoy, Faroe Islands

09The Green-Roofed Homes in ScandinaviaChurch of Funnungur, Faroe Islands

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2 Responses to The Green-Roofed Homes in Scandinavia

  1. platyzoa says:

    We just bought a farm in Norway that comes with a building from 1850 that has one of these grass roofs. I’m looking forward to one day solving the mystery of how they actually work. Nobody I’ve asked has been able to explain it. Intuitively I think they would be really heavy and wet, causing problems with leakage and decay, but somehow it works, and it looks like it works for a very long time! In any case they are beautiful, giving a fairy tale feeling to the whole area and letting buildings be more in tune with the natural landscape :)


  2. wouldn’t it be lovely if all houses arround the world would have a green roof !


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