If you are concerned about the impact of your property on the local environment, there are many things that you can do around your home to reduce your carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable lifestyle. For example, the installation of a green roof on your home offers many environmental benefits, as well as making your home more energy-efficient.
What exactly is a green roof?
Simply put, it involves growing vegetation on the roof of your property, rather than just having shingles or tile. Actually growing plants on your house without damaging the structure or killing the plants requires some effort, but the basic idea is simple.
Once a green roof is in place, you will experience many benefits from its presence. A simple benefit is simply the aesthetic appeal. Having green plants growing on your roof can be a lot more attractive than dull, grey tiles. It certainly will give your home a unique appearance that will make it stand out in contrast to your neighbours.
A green roof will also help reduce the amount of waste that is produced and sent to a landfill. Many materials can be recycled and reused in such a roof so that they do not have to simply be disposed of. A green roof also makes your home more energy-efficient so that your heating and cooling system experiences less wear and tear, making it last longer before it needs to be repaired or even replaced.
If you live in a rainy area, having a green roof will also help you better manage the water from a storm. These roofs soak up rainwater rather than just letting it run off onto the ground. In the summer, for example, green roofs can absorb as much as three-quarters of the rainfall that lands on them. Even in winter, they can absorb around a third of the precipitation.
On a broader scale, widespread use of green roofs will help to moderate the temperatures in your city. The urban heat island effect is a phenomenon that causes cities to be significantly warmer than the surrounding countryside. Installing green roofs on homes and other buildings moderates this effect and cools off a city.
As you can see, there are many benefits to green roofs, both for you individually as well as for the wider community. Why not think about having one installed on your home in the near future?
We recently supplied TD decking supports for a project called Commodity Quay in St Katherine’s Docks near Tower Bridge.
Re-Waterproofing Refurbishment Project
There were already existing paving and decking in place on the podium deck and our client was looking for the ideal way to match the levels up perfectly and this completed project offers a great example of just how the pedestals can be installed onto an existing deck for a re-waterproofing refurbishment project.
Because the contractors were able to twist the adjustable stems whilst the timber joists were in place, they were able to get the correct levels easily. The client used very large timber joists, 6 x 2’, but these fit onto the headpieces without issue.
Some of the photos below highlight how that insulation was able to be cut to fit between the cross-joist fixings. The decking pedestals were situated so that water pipes, metal drainage outlets and other services were covered, whilst not interrupting the drainage of the deck in any way.
The Ideal Solution
The landscaping contractor, Scotscape, was delighted with the service from Wallbarn. They called the sales office in the afternoon of Friday with an urgent request for material, and Wallbarn was able to deliver the materials on site on Saturday morning. This meant that the project was finished on time.
The images below highlighted how our TD Decking Supports were installed.
Sustainability in building is the new concept in the construction of buildings. The concept is based upon on designing and creation of new structures and the remodelling or renovation of existing ones using environmentally friendly approaches.
Focus on Sustainability
The result of focusing on sustainability throughout the construction of building is the how modern families can enjoy the comforts offered by green homes. Green homes are designed and put up using renewable materials coupled with use of alternative energy strategies. The approach focuses on the maximization of available resources while observing conversion and conservation, quality, and effective utilization. The maintenance and use of such buildings or homes are, in the long run, far simpler and easier, and with a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.
Sustainable buildings are the fruits of sustainable architecture, which focuses on maximizing the use of the available resources to achieve and eco-friendly structure all within the use of renewable materials. As such, the use of recycled and recyclable energy efficient materials is always at the forefront such construction.
Creative Ideas and Concepts
The need to converse the environment and lead to very creative ideas and concepts. The new age architectures who are keen on going green in their profession find use in some rather unconventional materials yet still surprising many with what they come up with. Old car tires, glass, and plastic bottles are just some of the new materials being used to create some of the most breathtakingly environmentally conscious buildings.
Structural integrity is a necessary component in any building; thus a lot of research goes into how these unconventional renewable materials can be used to achieve a structurally robust building. On the other hand, the use of the materials will go hand in hand with the use of alternative energy. It involves providing adequate energy for utility services and general household needs, which might see the use of natural energy sources such as solar panels and unique ventilation systems that help in heating and cooling the building. Some architects can incorporate the use energy regulative materials that can act and heat insulators to help in heating and cooling.
In as much as various construction professions will take on the challenge giving it a unique personal touch, they all do their designs and creations based on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) concepts. LEED offers numerous data and recommendations that one can use to construction a new eco-friendly building or remodel an existing one in a sustainable building.
For more on how green roofing systems can contribute towards sustainable building, please visit the dedicated area on our website, by clicking here.