The flat roof over the entrance and toilet block offers a good opportunity. Why? A green roof (otherwise known as a ‘living roof’) helps enhance bio-diversity in the local urban environment, reduces the ‘heat island effect’ in the summer (the additional heat created in urban areas), and reduces heat loss in the winter.
Two projections developed by Organic Roofs Ltd. for the Hanover Centre would:
- enhance the effectiveness of the insulation
- extend the life-time of the damp membrane by up to three times
- increase green space and enhance bio-diversity in Hanover
- reduce water-run off on the drains
Contributes to the following One Planet Living principles:
Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local flooding and water course pollution.
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment.
Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies
Could you do the same on your home?
To see how, our local Brighton-based green roof supplier Organic Roofs Ltd. has an animation on the Basic components of domestic green roof systems For more see: Living Roofs’ Information and Guidance Notes on Domestic Green Roofs