The tendency to have green roofs may be new in the world, but not in Norwegian. Here the houses symbolizes the harmony between nature and man for centuriesand you can even see the growth of foliage in large roofs to protect, isolate and stabilize these houses.

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Green roofs in Norway has become a long standing tradition and it is common to see that dot the landscape of the country – or in this case, essentially merging withthe landscape. During the Viking Age and Middle Most houses had roofs of grass, and in grassy rural areas were almost universal until the early 18. Tile roofs,which appeared much earlier in the cities and rural mansions, gradually replaced the roofs of grass, except in inland areas during the 19th century.

Norwegian Green Roofs

While tradition has declined and almost disappeared with the introduction of corrugated iron and other industrial materials, romantic national company keeps up with the vernacular. The rebirth of green roofs was also stimulated by a growing interest in open-air museums, mountain refuges, holiday homes and the conservation movement, and in turn many of the cultural institutions and commercial roofs have incorporated these into the heart of its design as an alternative to modern materials.

Every year since 2000, a prize was awarded to the best green roofs project in Scandinavia by the Board of Directors of Scandinavian green cover.

Images Credit: Green Roofs

See Also: Amazing Green Roofs: Green Grass Roofs on Recyclable Homes