Green Roofs and Brown Roofs

Most people will be familiar with the concept of green roofs (also known as living roofs). These have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity over the last few years due to the wide range of benefits that they provide. These include:

  • Reduced rainwater runoff
  • Enhanced roof insulation properties
  • Attractive visual appearance
  • Reduction in urban heat island effect
  • Enhances roof lifespan by protecting underlying waterproofing system
  • Provide green space in urban areas
  • Encourage biodiversity

What are Brown Roofs?

Brown roofs are similar to green roofs in that they share many of the same benefits and construction methods. However, when a brown roof is designed, the overriding aim is to encourage biodiversity. Specific biodiversity aims can include:

  • Maximise the number of species (biodiversity) living...
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Best room addition service you can avail in San Diego

Home remodeling is generally useful to people who needs latest services and improvements to their home. There are various firs offering the remodeling and room addition services these days. You can see that the number of people doing the remodeling works to their old homes is increasing. The earlier custom was to demolish the old home, to construct a completely new one. However, the room addition and remodeling techniques have made a new trend by providing the required services at a much lesser cost, keeping the oldness and newness both in the same house.

Your kitchen and bathroom may be the places that can be easily deteriorated or caused problems to. In the San Diego area, these problems are usually occurring...

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Green Roof Systems

Each year the amount of green space in the UK is affected by the continued requirement for new builds. The key players and influencers in the house building market need to take urgent action to ensure that new builds are designed with green space in mind.

Gordon Brown has set targets for 5 new eco-towns accounting for 100,000 homes. Thankfully these developments are ear marked for old industrial or brownfield sites. However, due to population increases and lack of space it is likely that there will be a case for high density housing.

Key living roofs commentators such as Dusty Gedge would argue that designers should make green space a top priority in early design stages to help ensure that high density housing maximizes green space...

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Tips For Choosing Plants For Your Green Roof

There are two types of green roofs when it comes right down to it – intensive and extensive roofs. Extensive green roofing is made up of one shallow layer of planting material, making the choice of plants a little trickier. Intensive roofing is made up of either a deeper planting base or several depths, so choosing plants for it becomes more about the fun than the depth. There are six major considerations to keep in mind when you’re choosing plants for an extensive green roofing project.

Looks

Obviously if your roof is pitched so that it is clearly visible to everyone who passes by and has to live across the street from it, you’re going to want to choose your plants wisely for your extensive roof. Many plants have periods in which they are dormant, brown instead of green...

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Green and Brown Roofs – The Differences and Benefits

Living roofs are soaring in popularity, both in residential and commercial projects, due not only to their aesthetics, but also the many environmental benefits they bring to the building. You will note if you visit horticultural events such as Chelsea or Hampton Court Flower Shows that many of the show gardens incorporate green roofs in some way, which is always a good indication of future trends. Here is a brief guide, explaining firstly what green roofs and brown roofs are, before detailing their uses and benefits.

Green Roofs

Green Roofs are basically roofs which incorporate planting, often sedum or wildflower and meadow planting, grasses and mosses. In fact, some can even be planted with trees and shrubs. The Roof Gardens in Kensington is a prime example of this...

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Growing Palms

Everybody recognises palm trees, they are the universal symbol for the tropics but many are hardy enough for our temperate climate gardens. Until recently New Zealand gardeners have had only a very limited range of palms to choose from. In the last five years the range has grown enormously as nurseries have been encouraged by gardeners eager to experiment.
Nevertheless, palms are, on the whole, slightly tender plants. The names refer to the layout of the fronds. Fan palms have the leaflets of the frond arranged just like a hand operated fan. The most widely grown fan palm is Trachycarpus fortunei,

Palms are extremely important plants to the world’s economy. The true date palm or commerce, Phoenix dactylifera, is rarely seen in New Zealand but is the most common commercially grown palm...

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Brown Roofs – The Advantages and Variations

Brown roofing is similar to living roofing, which often involves sod laid on top of a flat roof. The principal distinction is that whilst eco-friendly roofing systems are commonly set up in part for the cosmetic worth, these systems have a tendency to be put in for ecological causes, generally, to promote plants and wild animals.

This type of covering is created with recycled components and community dirt. Whereas environmentally safe roof coverings are typically cultivated, utilizing particular plants and observing organized strategies. Whilst they are called brown covering, this is only the color they are when they are installed. They typically turn green over a period of time, once the plants have begun to develop on their own.

This type of covering for your home or business can easily ...

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