By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

Cyprus is a country with a wonderful atmosphere and has many potentials, which are yet to be researched and implemented. The Green Roof Application is one of those potentials, which is now being researched by the younger generation.

Sinem Yıldırım, a young aspiring student of Near East University, as part of her research project, carried out a feasibility study of green roof application in Cyprus – as it has semi-arid climate.  This resulted in the expenditure of applying a metre square of green roof system on roof layers projected to have a cost of 49 Euros. Furthermore, a steady incline of the population in urban areas has been identified and according to the scientific data collected, it is predicted that the population will reach 61% by 2030.

The findings of this research have been published in the International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences which is indexed in Web of Science ESCI to make further contribution to the literature in this field; as such the data obtained could be useful in terms of further scientific studies to be conducted in countries having a Mediterranean climate.


Sinem Yıldırım  stated that the feasibility analysis of the green roof was conducted on the roof of Near East University Management Building of the Automobile Factory. Moreover, she explained that an extensive green roof with a depth of 15cm was planned with low maintenance, drought tolerant and carnivorous plants were planned to be grown.

Green roofs include waterproofing systems and collecting rainwater and requires a 2% slope. Sinem Yıldırım added that as part of the feasibility analysis of her study, the weight on roof layers was 60-240 kg / m² on an area of 820 m². She pointed out that she had carried out her study under the supervision of Head of Department of Landscape Architecture, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller, and resultantly reached the conclusion that 49 Euros was needed to establish green roof system in the semi-arid climate of Cyprus.

Succulent Plants will be grown as part of the Green Roof System…

The definition of a green roof (also called living roof) has been provided as a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproof membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. There are two types of green roofs one of which is called “extensive green roof” and “intensive green roofs”. Furthermore, the depth of an extensive roof may vary between 2cm to 12.7cm, in other words they do not have much depth and need less maintenance. On the other hand, intensive green roofs have a minimum of 12.8cm and thus have the opportunity to grow more variety of plants. They are heavy and require more maintenance.

Source: Near East University