An innovation that has grown popular in residential and business buildings alike, green roofs are a creative approach to reducing heating and cooling costs, in addition to increasing the amount of growing space available for vegetation. Also known as living roofs, they also help absorb rainwater, provide insulation, lower urban air temperatures, and can even help create a habitat for birds or wildlife.
The Canadian Consulate in Chandigarh, in conjunction with Punjab Engineering College (PEC) and Saint Mary's University of Halifax, awarded $40,000 in scholarships to the winners of the Consulate's Green Roof design competition, which was part of the annual University Tech-Fest.
There were 12 design submissions, and the winning design – conceived by a team of three second-year engineers – will be implemented on two consulate staff quarters.
The winning team presented an innovative use of locally available bamboo and recycled materials. In addition to being environmentally friendly, their design also featured drainage to a rainwater collection tank, as well as being easy to implement and requiring very little maintenance. Each received a $13,333 scholarship to Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. A second prize of 20,000 rupees was also awarded to a team of two students from NIT Jalandhar.
Having seen such impressive results from the contest, everyone is looking forward to Tech Fest 2012, in which students will tackle the challenge of presenting green solutions for the slums of Chanidigarh.