Roof gardens are not only an investment in terms of property value, but are fast being recognised as a much needed solution for integrating nature into our expanding urban environment. With the rising awareness of biodiversity preservation, there has been a shift from the visual benefits of roof gardens to how they can perform for our environment and the community as a whole. This has led to many countries across the globe introducing policies requiring all new city buildings to have green roofs.
More information about this green roof boom can be found one of our recent articles: 'Green roofs are on the rise'
Roof gardens give so much more than beauty to a building...
Roof gardens create the ultimate outdoor space for employees
Recently many companies have started looking to their roof tops because of the significant business perks that come with a roof garden or 'corporate garden'. Companies not only see an improvement in property value and energy costs, but research shows that roof gardens foster a strong sense of employee satisfaction and productivity. Roof gardens provide the ultimate space for employees to use for relaxation, meetings and socialising in the workplace.
Outdoor meetings are now commonly held on roof tops...
Choosing the right roof garden for your building
Green roofs can be constructed in various forms depending on the use and benefits required and will normally be intensive or extensive.
Intensive roof gardens
Intensive roof gardens are often constructed to replicate ground level gardens for communal use and require deeper substrate/soil levels to facilitate larger plants and even trees. Since they require more soil, they are heavier than extensive roof gardens and need to be installed on a much stronger structure. These types of roof gardens will often include walkways, benches, tables, greenhouses and water features offering a place for people to relax or socialise in a park-like setting.
Extensive roof gardens
Extensive roof gardens or 'eco roofs' are designed to be low maintenance and use thin layers of substrate resulting in lightweight construction. Their key benefit is bringing improved biodiversity to the built environment and they will support a large number of plant species that will tolerate fluctuating moisture levels. With the increased use of solar panels on rooftops, extensive green roofs can be used in conjunction with these providing additional environmental benefit.
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