The introduction of green roofs are an excellent way to improve the environment we live in, extend the living space we use and can be a wonderful thing to look at. Green roofs can be designed and installed on a new building or as part of a building refurbishment. The planning, and maintenance of all green roofs is covered by the UK Green roof Code of Practice (GRO), (source and is derived from the German FLL standard.

Types of Green Roof

Typically designed as urban architecture for outdoor living space. An intensive roof is the least common application, heavier and often the more expensive.

Very similar to the common garden with both extensive and intensive areas.

Approximately 75% of all green roofs installed within the UK and Europe are extensive. They are the lighter by design and require very little maintenance.

Advantages of Green Roofs

Your green roof can act as a secure vault for Green House Gases and help improve the environment

Help reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect and keep urban temperatures down

Can reduce external noise as well as internal noise reaching out.

Provides additional thermal performance to the building

Can retain up to 99% of rainwater and be recycled

Biodiversity Roofs can be designed with almost anything in mind to enhance the ecological landscape and habitats for numerous species

Can aid planning and BREAM applications

By reducing the requirement to heat and cool the building thus saving as much as 15% on your energy consumption

Typical Green Roof Build Up
Protection layer
Drainage and retention layer
Filtration layer
Substrate/soil/growing medium with retention
Vegetation, seed or hard-landscaping surface finish