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Title: The thermal effects of plants on buildings
Authors: Wong, N.H. 
Wong, V.L.
Chen, Y. 
Lee, S.E. 
Cheong, D. 
Lim, G.T. 
Ong, C.L.
Sia, A.
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Wong, N.H., Wong, V.L., Chen, Y., Lee, S.E., Cheong, D., Lim, G.T., Ong, C.L., Sia, A. (2002). The thermal effects of plants on buildings. Architectural Science Review 45 (4) : 337-348. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The concept of rooftop gardens is introduced with the aim of reducing heat gain into a building and modifying the ambient conditions through photosynthesis and evapotranspiration of plants. Results from this study suggest that rooftop gardens can effectively cool down the immediate ambient environment by 1.5°C. Generally, the surface temperature readings collected from the rooftop garden were found to be lower than that recorded on a barren concrete rooftop. This shows that the thermal insulation of a building is improved in the presence of plants. High relative humidity (RH) at the rooftop garden was also observed due to the presence of plants. To prevent discomfort due to high humidity, adequate natural ventilation should be ensured.
Source Title: Architectural Science Review
ISSN: 00038628
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