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University of Malta (2017)

The benefits and consequences of green roofs on Maltese heritage buildings : the case study of Birgu

Corrieri, Raffaella

Titre : The benefits and consequences of green roofs on Maltese heritage buildings : the case study of Birgu

Auteur : Corrieri, Raffaella

Université de soutenance : University of Malta

Grade : Master Architecture 2017

Résumé
The Maltese Islands have an abundance of Heritage buildings due to the Island’s rich history and past influences, but conservation theory only developed in the 2oth century. Conservation architects are still searching for the ideal methods of conserving and preserving the Maltese built environment and will continue to do so as society evolves and technology advances. Malta suffers from a lack of sustainable construction and limited natural resources. Storm water control has been an issue for decades with yearly struggles to control and minimise flooding in many areas of the island. Green spaces are sparse, whether natural or landscaped and the external environment has seen rises in temperatures, increases in aridity and freak storms. Malta depends on its valleys for water collection and biodiversity but due to the high population density the Maltese natural landscape is disappearing under a construction tsunami. There is need for new methods of sustainable design that can help remedy this situation. It has been proven that through green roofs, sustainability, biodiversity and temperature control can be improved. The main aim of this study is to understand whether a modern intervention such as a green roof can be applied to heritage buildings. It seeks to explore whether it would impinge on historic values on a macro level through the use of a case study of Birgu and its skyline and whether, on a micro level, it would suit the built fabric and provide functional advantages. This research study addressed the viability of applying green roofs to two important heritage buildings located in Birgu which if found viable and appropriate, could lead to a more holistic conservation strategy for the entire city.

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