UK companies embrace green roof benefits – Some companies in the UK are embracing green roofs. The range of creative uses for a green roof never ceases to amaze.
The following examples show just how varied the uses of such roofs can be.
World famous Chester Zoo, renowned for its ecological ethos has placed a living roof on its flamingo house. Covered with plants and vegetation it is designed to reduce heat loss and energy consumption. The roof is sedum including the following varieties – Sempervivum, Arabis, Campanula, Dianthus, Saxifrages and a range of grasses.
The zoo keepers were at the centre of the design for this particular installation. In the flamingo house, the sedum roof keeps the temperature inside just above freezing. So little heating is needed. The sedum roof also creates microclimates that allow insects and bird life to flourish. Another key benefit that dovetails nicely with the zoo’s own ethos of sustainability.
Your own pets can also benefit from a living green roof.
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Meanwhile, some UK breweries keen to boost their green credentials have turned to green roofs.
One such company is Devon’s Otter Brewery. It has installed a sedum roof to insulate the brewery’s cellar efficiently. Casks and brewery vehicles are then washed in the rainwater collected.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) reports that many breweries are going down the green route in a bid to protect the environment.
The use of a sedum roof is central to the planning application developed by rustic furniture company Chunky Monkey.
The application, approved in August (2015), will extend and develop its current premises. Chunky Monkey makes rustic furniture from reclaimed timber.
These three examples show the variety of organisations that have adopted green roofs. They are designed to improve their own ecological standing, but also to create modern-looking, talking-point buildings.
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