Maja Staniec

Green Roofs

Green roofs - apart from enhancing amenity values, conserving and improving amenity values - in terms of global climate change mitigation, they contribute to: reduction of heating and cooling energy demand in buildings - thus reducing CO2 emissions, reduction of urban heat island effect, improvement of storm water attenuation.

Due to these reasons green roofs are attracting significant interest in Canada and all over the World. The main goal of the research is to optimize the design of green roofs to mitigate against the impacts of storm water runoff and reduce energy consumption in Canada. Green roof performance will be quantified on actual green roofs in three Canadian cities (London, Halifax and Calgary, which represent three different Canadian climate conditions) what makes this project novel.

Personal Background

Maja’s primary research goals are directed towards the sustainable housing design methods, energy and environment. During her PhD studies she focused on earth-sheltered buildings (which most of us know as Hobbits homes), which use soil as a natural heat and cool reservoir to help to reduce the heating and cooling energy consumption in buildings.

The turning points of her scientific carrier were three research stays: in Wales (British Earth Sheltering Association and at the Cardiff School of Engineering at the University of Wales) and at the Technical University of Demark. Two years after completing her PhD work she moved to Budapest, Hungary to join the global project for Global Buildings Performance Network GBPN, which concerned the scenarios development of final energy demand and CO2 emissions reduction from building sector. As her future plans aim at designing low energy and passive houses using green roofs as one of the way to achieve these goals, she decided to join the RESTORE group to share her skills and to gain new experiences in this field. She joined the RESTORE group in August 2012 as a post-doctoral fellow.

Travel and Awards


  • Associate of Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2011-2012)
  • Visiting researcher, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (2007)
  • Visiting researcher, Cardiff School of Engineering, Wales, Great Britain (2007)
  • Visiting researcher, British Earth Sheltering Association, Wales, Great Britain (2005)

Grants and Scholarships


  • Unconventional approaches to improve the energy balance of buildings: Personal research grant for best young researchers, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland (2011)
  • Scholarship for academic performance, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland (2005)
  • Scholarship of European Union structural funds in Poland for the best PhD students, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland (2005)