Also known as 'living roofs', green roofs serve several purposes such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect. It can also be used to describe the use of 'green' technology such as a cool roof, roofs with solar thermal collectors or photovoltaic modules. The Green Roofs seminar held on Thursday 29 April 2010 provided an understanding of the different types of green roofs, the components, the basic design considerations and what the relevant standards area.
Lionel Shearman, Director, Safeguard Europe. Lionel examined the benefits of green roofs and the driving forces behind their increasing popularity. He also gave examples of various planting options including self-colonising 'brown' or 'biodiverse' roofs.
Matthew Hoddinot, Technical Director, Cityroofs. Matthew's presentation considered the design implications of urban greening, rainwater harvesting, and the whole life cost of changing roof space into innovative useage such as parking spaces, harnessing natural resources, and to provide water management.
Available Conference Papers:
An Introduction to Green Roofs
Lionel Shearman, Safeguard Europe Ltd
CPD certificates are available for this presentation. Please contact Erin Taylor for further information.
Creating Living Roofs
Matthew Hoddinott, Cityroofs Ltd UK & Ireland