Júlia G. Borràs – Superior School of Architecture – Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Carlos Lerma – Superior School of Architecture – Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Ángeles Mas – Superior School of Architecture – Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Jose Vercher – Superior School of Architecture – Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Enrique Gil – Superior School of Architecture – Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.2021.427

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Green roofs respond to a need of today’s society to orient its development towards sustainability.
Architecture and urban planning, as builders of the modern city, play a crucial role in the search
for a balance between social, environmental and economic growth. Green roofs imply recognized benefits
in all three fields, but a study of the economic viability of these solutions is necessary, especially in
the field of rehabilitation with tighter budgets. Through a cost-benefit analysis throughout its useful life,
it is intended to avoid that the initial construction cost of a green roof, or any sustainable construction,
could discourage users, helping them to understand its global dimension from an economic point of view.


Green roof, Sustainability, Energy saving, Construction cost.


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