Yes. It is believed that the first green roof was built at Babylon, where it is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Modern green roof systems have been in existence in Europe for over 50 years and are commonplace in Germany and other western European countries.
No, quite the reverse. Provided that the specification is appropriately formulated and detailed, green roofs can significantly extend the lifespan of the waterproofing beneath. This is due to blocking out ultra violet light, reducing thermal fluctuations, wind scour and climatic stress.
No, a range of different roof coverings can be used to provide the requisite weather-tightness, including single ply or bitumen membranes, liquid applied waterproofing or aluminium standing seam systems.
The two are actually mutually beneficial. The cooling effect of green roofs can improve the efficiency of solar panels (also known as photovoltaics [PV]). The shade provided by the PV units can also enhance the biodiversity potential of the green roof. Plant species must be carefully selected to suit the partially-shaded conditions, enabling the full… Read more
Yes, green roofs are increasingly stipulated as being mandatory if planning consent is to be granted. The need for sustainable drainage has led the Environment Agency to specify that runoff from many new sites must mimic behaviour of a green field site as closely as possible. Climate change forecasts suggest that the number of such… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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.
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.