Research and Publications

In association with our partners, the results of our studies are published in various forms for dissemination to the industry and relevant professionals.

Publications

Introduction to Vertical Greenery

Editors: Derek Chan & Kelly Chiang

An introduction to vertical greenery systems, some basic principles for set-up, a quick look at classification of systems, and largely with details on the vertical green systems at Hortpark. Available at SBG Library Shop.

ISBN-13: 978-981-08-1623-0
Retail Price: S$9.65
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Vertical Greenery for the Tropics

Editors: Kelly Chiang & Alex Tan

NParks, NUS and BCA collaborated to introduce and evaluate various vertical greenery systems, validating the benefits of urban greenery within our tropical urban environment. The results are presented in this joint publication that aims to promote vertical greenery within the city,through advancing the understanding of this new nature-architecture hybrid.

The chapters outline the benefits, technical know-how, and considerations for design and maintenance in the implementation of vertical greenery in Singapore and it will serve as a useful resource for policy makers, city planners, developers, students and professionals in the architecture, landscape and horticulture industries, who will be able to glean a greater understanding of current trends, technical and design considerations as well as the advantages of vertical greenery.

ISBN: 978-981-08-3973-4
Retail Price: S$29 (GST Inclusive)
Available at major bookstores and SBG Library Shop

 

Selection of Plants for Green Roofs in Singapore (2nd Edition)

Editors: Tan Puay Yok & Angelia Sia

Rooftops have often been referred to as the “last urban frontier” of cities, in the sense that they represent the last significant remaining space to be exploited. Given the social, economic and environmental contributions of urban greenery to the quality of life in cities an the realization that cities more often than not lack sufficient greenery, greening of rooftops is therefore a logical, effective and high impact way to re-inject the much-needed greenery in urban settings. The challenge to do so in a cost-effective manner without compromising the primary functions of roofs. As we seek to use such technology in the tropics, adaptation of the technology to suite the climatic conditions of the tropics and appropriate selection of plants are key factors of success. This handbook presents a selection of over seventy plants that are suitable for green roofs in Singapore. Available at major bookstores & SBG Library Shop.

ISBN-13: 978-981-07-0052-2
Retail Price: S$34.15 (GST Inclusive)
Available at major bookstores and SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Design Loads for Rooftop Greenery

Guidelines on Design Loads for Rooftop Greenery - This standard outlines basic loading considerations and issues when designing rooftop greenery - suggesting design loads of vegetation, substrate, recommended soil depths and the appropriate placement of rooftop landscape components in relation to common rooftop conditions.

ISBN: 978-981-08-5231-3
Retail price: S$ 9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Design for Safety for Rooftop Greenery

Guidelines on Design for Safety for Rooftop Greenery - This standard highlights safety considerations during the design, installation and maintenance phases. A useful reference for designers and installers of rooftop gardens.

ISBN: 978-981-08-5232-0
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Substrate Layer for Rooftop Greenery

Guidelines on Substrate Layer for Rooftop Greenery - This standard outlines the basic physical and chemical properties for quality referencing in the composition and construction of the substrate layer for use on rooftop greenery.

ISBN: 978-981-08-7203-8
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Filter, Drainage and Root Penetration Barrier Layers For Rooftop Greenery

Guidelines on Filter, Drainage and Root Penetration Barrier Layers For Rooftop Greenery - This standard outlines the basic technical requirements for quality referencing in the construction of the filter, drainage and root penetration barrier layers of rooftop greenery.

ISBN: 978-981-08-7206-9
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Waterproofing for Rooftop Greenery

This standard outlines the basic considerations and requirements for the selection, application, protection and testing of the waterproofing layer of green roofs and roof gardens.

ISBN: 978-981-07-1271-6
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Irrigation For Rooftop Greenery

This standard sets out the basic technical considerations and requirements for the design, construction and up-keep of the irrigation system for green roofs and roof gardens.

ISBN: 978-981-07-1272-3
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on General Maintenance For Rooftop Greenery

This standard describes the basic requirements for the general maintenance of green roofs and roof gardens. Include basic maintenance needs of rooftop vegetation and other technical components.

IBSN: 978-981-07-1273-0
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

 

Guidelines on Design and Construction of Pitched Green Roof

This standard outlines the basic requirements for the design and construction of pitched green roof to address pitched green roof stability and feasibility issues.

ISBN: 978-981-07-4725-1
Retail Price: S$9.35
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Guidelines on Planting of Trees, Palms and Tall Shrubs on Rooftop

This standard outlines the basic horticulture requirements for the planting of trees, palms and tall shrubs on roof gardens, as well as addressing basic architecture issues such as the sizing and design of rooftop tree planter.

ISBN: 978-981-07-4726-8
Retail price: S$9.35
Available at the SBG Library Shop

Journal Articles

  1. Wong N. H., Tan A. Y. K., Chen Y., Sekar K., Tan P. Y., Chan D., Chiang K. and Wong N. C. (2009). Thermal Evaluation of Vertical Greenery Systems for Building Walls. Building and Environment, article in press.

  2. Wong N. H., Tan A. Y. K., Tan P. Y., Chiang K. and Wong N. C. (2009b). Acoustics Evaluation of Vertical Greenery Systems for Building Walls. Building and Environment, article in press, URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.06.017.

  3. Wong N. H., Tan A. Y. K., Tan P. Y. and Wong N. C. (2009b). Energy Simulations of Vertical Greenery Systems. Energy and Building, article in press.

  4. A Sia, A, N H Wong, Y Chen And C.H. Sim, The Development Of Skyrise Greenery In Singapore (Translated To Japanese). Parks And Open Spaces, March 2003, 63, 6 (31 March 2003): 52 - 56.

  5. Wong, N H, P.Y. Tan and Y CHEN, Study of some extensive rooftop greenery Systems in the tropical climate. Building and Environment

  6. A Sia, A, N H Wong, Y Chen And C.H. Sim, The Development Of Skyrise Greenery In Singapore (Translated To Japanese). Parks And Open Spaces, March 2003, 63, 6 (31 March 2003): 52 - 56.

  7. Wong, N H, Y CHEN, C L Ong and A Sia, Investigation of thermal benefits of rooftop garden in the tropical environment. Building and Environment.  38 (2003): 261-270

  8. Wong, N H, S F Tay, C W Wong, C L Ong and A Sia, Life cycle cost analysis of rooftop gardens in Singapore. Building and Environment. 38 (15 December 2002): 499-509

  9. Wong, N H, S.J. Wong, G T Lim, C.L. Ong and A Sia, Perception study of building professionals on the issues of green roof development in Singapore. Architectural Science Review

  10. Wong, N H, K W Cheong, H Yan, J Soh, C L Ong and A Sia, The effects of rooftop garden on energy consumption of a commercial building in Singapore. Energy and Buildings. 35, 4 (21 January 2003): 353-364

  11. Wong, N H, V L Wong, Y Chen, S E Lee, K W Cheong, G T Lim, C L Ong and A Sia, The thermal effects of plants on buildings. Architectural Science Review. 45 (2002): 1-12

Conference Papers

  1. ||P Y Tan|| and A. Sia, Study of Rooftop Gardens in Singapore. In Proceedings for 3rd Annual Greening Rooftops For Sustainable Communities Conference On May 4-6 2005 At Washington, District of Columbia

  2. Wong, N H, ||Y Chen||, C.M. Teo and P Y Tan, Preliminary study of Leaf Area Index and thermal protection of vegetation in the tropical climate. Volume 1, Built Environment and Environmental Buildings||,edited by M.H. de Wit, pp. 211-216. Netherlands Antilles: Technical University of Eindhoven, 12 September 2004

  3. ||P Y Tan||, N H Wong, Y. Chen, C.L. Ong and A. Sia, Thermal Benefits of Rooftop Gardens in Singapore. In Proceedings for Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities. United States: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 15 May 2003