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Why would I want a green roof?

Apart from the aesthetic value and the strong positive statement associated with sustainable design principles, green roofs are typically specified for any one, or combination, of: Ecological or environmental benefits Building performance enhancements Financial incentives Planning requirements The nature and extent of these benefits will vary with the specific green roof construction. Extensive green roofs…
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Blackdown Greenroofs extensive roof at Material Store in London

What is an intensive roof?

Also known as a roof garden, an intensive roof provides benefits akin to a domestic garden or small urban park through a combination of soft and hard landscaping. With planting options including lawns, shrubs and even small trees, substrates tend to be greater in depth (i.e. 150 up to 1500 mm), heavier and have a…
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So, is a brown roof the same as a biodiverse roof?

Actually, a brown roof is a particular, non-vegetated version of a biodiverse roof. Brown roofs are designed to self-colonise with native plants over time, using locally-relevant substrates, and may incorporate additional features to attract wildlife.

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What is a biodiverse roof?

A biodiverse roof recreates or enhances a habitat designed to attract particularly desirable flora and fauna, whether for environmental benefit (e.g. attracting wildlife) or for building designs that are sympathetic to the local landscape. The planting strategy will therefore involve species that are indigenous to the particular location of the building.

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What is an extensive green roof?

An Extensive Green or Living Roof is a low maintenance, lightweight planted roof system that is typically composed of a drainage layer, substrate and a visually attractive plant system that offers solutions to many environmental and building performance challenges.

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What is a green roof?

A roof that is purposely designed to support plant life. Green roofs are typically categorised as extensive, biodiverse or intensive, depending upon their function and maintenance requirement.

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Kew Bridge Phase 2, West London Provided with a Mixture of Alumasc Green and Blue Roof Solutions

The latest St James project, Kew Bridge is a celebration of all that makes riverside living rewarding. Close to the heart of fashionable, historic Kew, it combines an idyllic location with stunning architecture and a wealth of facilities. The use of the Alumasc Blue Roof Stormwater Management Systems within the two soft and hard landscaped…
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The SSE Hydro’s Green Roof Challenges are Solved by Blackdown Greenroofs

Blackdown Greenroofs, part of Alumasc Exterior Building Products has boosted the green credentials and provided an attractive feature, at Glasgow’s newest landmark venue. The SSE Hydro is a £125million entertainment and sporting venue, which, since its opening in late 2013, has already achieved “Most stylish Entertainment Venue” at the 2013 Scottish Style Awards and the…
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Blackdown Greenroofs green roof at Chester Bus Station

Alumasc’s Blackdown Green Roof System Provides Chester Bus Station with the Required Eco-Friendly Solution

Blackdown are proud to have completed the green roof at the Chester Bus Interchange site which is a £10 million ‘key enabling’ project and part of the wider £300m Chester Northgate Redevelopment. The bus interchange is capable of handling 156 bus movements per hour & is due to open early in 2017. Blackdown worked alongside…
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Green Roof Maintenance Hints and Tips

Blackdown Greenroofs appreciate that right now, in the depths of winter, maintaining your green roof is probably the last thing that you’re thinking of, but it won’t be long before spring will be pushing ahead and making us think of those important tasks. By their nature, extensive green roofs are low maintenance, (that’s low maintenance,…
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