Around the world, a drive toward more environmentally friendly construction is seeing more green roofs incorporated into both new and established buildings…
As home to some of the most prized architecture globally, the UK is no stranger to green roofs, with architects and developers boasting some phenomenal creations.
In central London alone, there are approximately 700 green roofs with a total area of 175,000m2 – that’s 25 football pitches.
Green roofs are here to stay, and it goes without saying that they look good, but what are the environmental benefits of a green roof? And could your building be a good candidate for one?
Creating Natural Habitats Within Our Cities
City limits are expanding and construction is at an all-time high.
With this, comes a growing awareness of the importance of being environmentally conscious.
Many cities are taking initiatives to promote green space, planting wildflower seeds on roundabouts or rewilding community spaces.
Green roofs work similarly, playing an important role in inner-city ecology by creating a natural habitat for insects and birds to thrive in.
A single green roof in isolation may do little for the UK’s bee population. But, each additional building helps create a blanket of native habitat, enhancing the area’s biodiversity.
Improving Air Quality and Lowering Temperatures
With decreased air quality in our cities and pollution-related health issues growing, we need to be planting vegetation now more than ever.
Plants are natural filters, reducing dust particles in the air and noxious gases.
Taking in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, plants are a valuable resource whether in the home or office.
So, what better way to improve air quality than by crowning our city structures with Mother Nature’s air filters?
It’s not just the quality of air; it’s the temperature too.
Cities experience the “Urban Heat Effect” due to the vast solid surfaces absorbing heat.
This, in turn, raises the temperature compared to the surrounding countryside.
Green roofs help offset this effect by absorbing some of the heat and reducing the heat through natural evaporation.
Offering Sustainable Solutions To Modern Problems
As the climate continues to change, we’re facing an increase in significant weather events, including torrential rain and flooding.
Cities, in particular, are prone to flooding. If water can only be channelled and diverted, as opposed to absorbed, a simple drainage problem can escalate.
Soft landscaping like that used in green roofs retains large amounts of annual rainfall and reduces rainwater run-off.
What Buildings Can Have A Green Roof?
The vast majority of clients we speak to have recently considered installing a green roof after seeing one on a similar building nearby.
In fact, the range of structures that can be equipped with a green roof may well surprise you. Widopan products are designed to work on a range of surfaces, including old waterproofing systems.
Our experienced team can talk you through the process and discuss what is possible for your building.
With so many environmental benefits to installing a green roof, the real question is why you haven’t already made the leap!
Get in touch with our team today to discuss how Widopan liquid waterproofing can transform your bare and uninspiring flat roof into a lush green oasis.