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Green (Living) Roof

Beginner's Guide To Green Roofs

It has been said that if you added together all the flat roofs in London you would have an area 24 times the size of Richmond Park. But maybe their barren asphalt days are numbered.

Green roofs (AKA living roofs or brown roofs) were popular in the 1930s - one of the largest in London is the crowning glory of Berkeley Court, a monumental mansion block in Marylebone.

Now, thanks to growing eco-awareness, they're enjoying a renaissance that finds them topping buildings from the tallest of towers to the smallest of garden sheds.

But what is a green roof, why would you want one, and how much will it cost?

Beginner's Guide To Green Roofs
Green Roofs For Healthy Cities

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure across North America and rapidly advance the development of the market for green roof products and services.

A green roof system is an extension of the existing roof which involves a high quality water proofing and root repellant system, a drainage system, filter cloth, a lightweight growing medium and plants.

The Benefits of a Green Roof are:

Protection of roof membrane resulting in a longer material lifespan

Savings on energy heating and cooling costs

Soil, plants and the trapped layer of air can be used to insulate for sound

Potential to reduce the size of HVAC equipment on new or retrofitted buildings

Aesthetic appeal, increasing the value of the property and the marketability of the building as a whole, particularly for accessible green roofs


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The Green Roofs Project Database

Our Goal is to inform, promote and inspire the earth friendly technology of organic greenroof architecture through the interchange of ideas, projects, news, travel, research, organization and government updates, marketing opportunities & exclusive features via our website. We recognize that each reader, project, and perspective is unique. is the publisher of The Greenroof Directory of Manufacturers, Suppliers, Professional Services, Organizations, Students & Green Resources. Maximize your marketing strategy in the emerging international greenroof industry and reach our highly targeted greenroof market by listing your business with us! is also the publisher of The Greenroof Projects Database. Our goal is to compile a comprehensive body of global greenroof projects searchable by type, date of completion, geographic location, designer, manufacturer, etc., all at no charge. And, our goal is to be inclusive, not exclusive.

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