Green Roof @ UM

Updated: Apr 22

IEN has collaborated with Universiti Malaya (UM) to establish a green roof at the Alam Bina building on the UM campus. The research aspects of this green roof project, which includes 70 edible plant species, is to document the increase in social activity level as well as the improved thermal comfort of this roof space following the implementation of the green roof project.

Unlike most green roof projects, which have significant exposure to direct sunlight, the UM green roof space was deliberately chosen due to its high degree of self-shading from the surrounding buildings making daytime utilization realistic. Moreover, this roof was also chosen for its ease of accessibility to the building occupants as well as its good visual connection to the building offices, hence, significantly improving the biophilic quality of these offices. The research over the next several months will quantify the impact of this green roof project through measurements and surveys.


  • List of plant species click

  • "Therapeutic Gardens in Malaysia" presentation by Dr. Hazreena Hussein, Universiti Malaya, presented at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (2019) click