The Health Benefits of Urban Green Roof

analytical Essay
889 words
889 words

In this paper, I consider an effect of green roofs – its mental and spiritual impact on health of residents living in urbanized area.
It is well known that natural open spaces and well-designed greenspaces provide a locus for recreation, social interaction and community action and are highlighted as having a particularly positive influence on health and well-being. Given that urban green spaces are now widely recognized as major contributors both to the quality of the environment, and to human health and well-being, an important question is whether this will move them closer to, or further from, the goal of mental and spiritual health on urban residents. Aside from psychological health benefits, the effect of environmental benefits of urban green space such as reducing the energy required for the building maintenance, increasing sound insulation, fire resistance, increasing in the life span of the roof, providing small-scale green open spaces, wildlife habitat, improving air quality, reducing urban heat island (UHI) effects, and improving storm water attenuation (Syumi and Hamidah, 2012). In addition to the physical benefits on green open spaces, research has also conducted on the physiological manifestations of stress and restoration (Ulrich and Parsons 1992; Ulrich Dimberg, and Driver, 1991). For example, one study used physiological measures to find the correlation between stress-reducing effects of nature scenes in a health-care setting.

This paper first reviews the health benefits of urban green roof and factors determining sustainable development, and then reports a study quantifying the relative influence of mental and spiritual factors on green roof. The theory builds on the basic framework of the environmental psych...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that urbanized areas are growing rapidly every day in the midst of fast development and arrangement. the benefits of viewing nature go beyond aesthetic enjoyment to enhanced emotional well-being.
  • Summarizes the contributions of green roofs that accompanied signing a new environmental movement.
  • Explains that green roofs as urban antidote: a review on aesthetic, environmental, economic and social benefits.
  • Analyzes the mental and spiritual impact of green roofs on health of residents living in urbanized areas.
  • Explains that ulrich, r. s., dimberg, v. and driver, b. l. (eds) benefits of leisure. state college, pa, ventura.
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