Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Buses with green roofs hit the roads

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By Lim Min Zhang, The New Paper, 06 May 2019 at 06:00 am


Plants are secured using Gaiamat soil-less system.
PHOTO: Plants are secured using Gaiamat soil-less system. A study to see if temperature in vehicles can be lowered, saving fuel. Together with NParks, Moove Media and supported by Temasek Foundation Ecosperity, the project features public buses operated by SBSTransit that are fitted with soil-less, mat-based green roof systems innovated by SGBC Member GWS Living Art.
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Singapore's first public buses with plants installed on their roofs - touted as the first in Asia - hit the road yesterday.

The Garden on the Move initiative by urban greenery specialist GWS Living Art was launched at Lakeside Garden.

Among the buses with the installed plants is a shuttle service that travelled in the Lakeside area. The special service ferried visitors to the Singapore Garden Festival Horticulture Show, which ended yesterday, to and from Chinese Garden MRT station and Lakeside Garden.



Singapore’s first public buses with green rooftop gardens are now cruising along the island’s roads.
PHOTO: Singapore’s first public buses with green rooftop gardens are now cruising along the island’s roads. In an initiative called “Garden on the Move” that was launched yesterday, this move is also billed as the first of its kind in Asia.
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Among the buses with the installed plants is a shuttle service that travelled in the Lakeside area.
PHOTO: The special service ferried visitors to the Singapore Garden Festival Horticulture Show, which ended yesterday, to and from Chinese Garden MRT station and Lakeside Garden.
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The initiative is part of a three-month study to see whether the temperature inside the buses can be lowered and potentially save on fuel.

The study will also involve another nine SBS Transit buses, some of which also started plying yesterday, including services 139, 145, 13, 39 and 45.

The buses are outfitted with a locally developed soil-less system called Gaiamat.



The initiative is part of a three-month study to see whether the temperature inside the buses can be lowered and potentially save on fuel.
PHOTO: The initiative is part of a three-month study to see whether the temperature inside the buses can be lowered and potentially save on fuel.
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The initiative is funded by the Temasek Foundation and supported by the National Parks Board, Moove Media and the Singapore Green Building Council.

Dr Terrence Tan from the National University of Singapore (NUS), who is advising the study, said: "What is special in this case is that this green roof is on a bus.



The initiative is funded by the Temasek Foundation and supported by the National Parks Board, Moove Media and the Singapore Green Building Council.
The initiative is funded by the Temasek Foundation and supported by the National Parks Board, Moove Media and the Singapore Green Building Council.
PHOTO: The initiative is funded by the Temasek Foundation and supported by the National Parks Board, Moove Media and the Singapore Green Building Council.
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"From our studies, we know the temperature reduction can be up to 20 deg C to 30 deg C on a hot day (for a building with a green roof), so we want to see if the same holds true for vehicles."

The plants chosen are hardy ones adapted to the local climate and are resistant to windy and dry conditions. They do not need to be watered frequently and will be checked once a week.



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PHOTO: Dr Terrence Tan from the National University of Singapore (NUS), who is advising the study, said: "What is special in this case is that this green roof is on a bus. "From our studies, we know the temperature reduction can be up to 20 deg C to 30 deg C on a hot day (for a building with a green roof), so we want to see if the same holds true for vehicles."
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The plants chosen are hardy ones adapted to the local climate and are resistant to windy and dry conditions.
PHOTO: The plants chosen are hardy ones adapted to the local climate and are resistant to windy and dry conditions. They do not need to be watered frequently and will be checked once a week.
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Dr Tan, a research fellow from the NUS School of Design and Environment, added that thermal sensors will be placed on the buses' rooftop under the plants, and on the underside of the rooftop.
PHOTO: Dr Tan, a research fellow from the NUS School of Design and Environment, added that thermal sensors will be placed on the buses' rooftop under the plants, and on the underside of the rooftop. "It's the same thing as having parks. Collectively, if we have enough vehicles and buildings with green roofs, we can reduce outdoor temperature, especially at night."
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To combat the urban heat island effect, we need to reduce temperature outdoors.
To combat the urban heat island effect, we need to reduce temperature outdoors.
PHOTO: To combat the urban heat island effect, we need to reduce temperature outdoors. By having greenery on surfaces such as on vehicles, it plays a part. Instead of conventional soil, the plants are secured using a proprietary system called Gaiamat, a lightweight mat of rockwool material used for skyrise greenery that is easier to install and maintain.
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Without the reliance on soil, the green roof system will be easier to maintain and more economical.
Without the reliance on soil, the green roof system will be easier to maintain and more economical.
PHOTO: Without the reliance on soil, the green roof system will be easier to maintain and more economical. The study will focus on whether the green roof results in a lower temperature in the bus interiors, which could lead to lesser fuel used for air-conditioning.
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Gardens are a great example that we reap what we sow.
Gardens are a great example that we reap what we sow.

PHOTO: Gardens are a great example that we reap what we sow. Starting from the Garden of Eden that God provided for Adam and Eve, to gardens we create and maintain today providing food and beauty.

"I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them." (Ecclesiastes 2:5).

Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce." (Jeremiah 29:5).

"But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you." (Psalm 81:16).

"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love." (Song of Songs 5:1).

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By Lim Min Zhang, The New Paper, 06 May 2019 at 06:00 am
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[1] Lim Min Zhang, The New Paper, Buses with green roofs hit the roads, posted on 06 May 2019 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/buses-green-roofs-hit-roads


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