Moving From Grey To Green

Green Roof Installation

The cry of “can we have more green instead of grey” is the now the new motto of the City of Salzburg in Austria and is growing louder across the globe. Not only do many of this historical city’s residents want more green spaces, but so do the local water authority and spatial planning and building authorities.

Salzburg, along with many other cities in the country such as Vienna, Linz and Graz, has seen the wide-ranging benefits offered by the installation of green roofing systems. Green roofs offer the smart solution, particularly when installed within densely populated urban areas.

Promoting urban greenery, green roofs and green walls – Graz

The promotional campaign is not only an advocacy campaign but also one that provides grants and subsidies to support various Green Infrastructure interventions.

In the first place, it is now possible to apply for a grant or subsidy to increase greenery in the urban core of the city. In particular, the municipality provides a grant for initial advice or consultation on whether green roofs and walls can be installed on existing buildings.

The funding is aimed at:

  • Increasing local food supply as well as horticultural awareness in communities
  • To encourage the design of ecological and climate-friendly buildings by vegetating the exterior surfaces of roofs and walls

How Can We Help?

Wallbarn has developed a new, improved design for the M-Tray® modular green roof system.

The M-Tray® is a fully established, a mature green roof can be installed quickly and easily on difficult-to-access roofs by hand without the mess and disruption associated with traditional extensive green roof systems.

An instant modular Green Roof

  • Our M-Tray® green roof system consists of specially-designed modular trays containing superior, engineered substrate and fully established flowering sedum
  • Easy-to-carry trays which click together to form a seamless green roof
  • Fully established sedum plants nurtured from seed at our own UK nurseries

What makes the M-Tray® green roof unique?

  • Mature, established vegetation
  • Click-together trays create a seamless connection
  • Easy to transport and install
  • Specially-mixed substrate for the longevity of plant life
  • 100mm deep cavities for healthy roots
  • Optimum drainage means stronger plants
  • No sharp edges or mess meaning minimum disruption to plants, deck structure and inhabitants!

Benefits of Green Roofing Installation

In addition to the obvious economic advantages an attractive, natural-looking, differentiated property with lots of green space will have in the local environment, which can bring higher rental yields and real estate values, the running costs of those buildings can be reduced to such a degree that green roofs pay for themselves and bring about a “green dividend” to the owners.

The Ryerson &University of Toronto study has been mentioned on our site previously, but it recorded some financial benefits to heating and cooling costs to structures. From its pilot studies, is replicated and modelled the data to reflect what might happen across a whole city if green roofs were installed in sufficient quantities:

City of Toronto study 

  • (2.8 million people) Citywide savings from reduced energy for cooling is $21 million, equivalent to 4.15KWh/m2 per year
  • Cost avoided due to reduced demand at peak times is $68 million

Ryerson University –
Dr  Doug Banting, Professor Hitesh Doshi,
Dr James Li, Dr Paul Missios

In 2003 a cider factory in Frankfurt, which uses a large amount of energy to cool its tanks and processes, installed a “wet roof” onto the top of the factory buildings. The wet roof incorporated living green spaces and small pools of bogs and ponds.

It found that the green roof on the cider factory paid for itself within 3 years in heating and cooling costs.

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Green Roof Installation Made Easy – Perfect For DIY

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The M-Tray® modular system clicks easily together allowing the sedum vegetation to blend quickly, promising to transform once-cold grey utilitarian roofs into a much more appealing sight for the surrounding residents. As the trays simply clip together they are quick and easy to install. The vegetation begins to blend within days.

Not only are our M-Trays® easy to install and easy to transport, but they will also last indefinitely. Every now and again throughout the year, you will need to do some maintenance; weeding, but apart from that, our trays are designed to be self-sufficient (they are designed to capture rainwater, releasing it gradually feeding the species set into our special substrate).

Green Roofs Installation Sydenham

How Easy Is It To Construct A Green Roof System?

Throwing grass seeds on a flat roof doesn’t make it a full-fledged green roof. However, the good news is that with the introduction of the new improved M-Tray® modular green roofing system to the UK market, installation is easier than ever before.

This pre-grown sedum green roof product is supplied in easy-to-handle plastic tray units.

A fully established, mature modular green roof system can be installed quickly and easily on difficult-to-access roofs by hand without the mess and disruption associated with traditional extensive green roof systems.

Offering Energy Efficient Qualities

Whilst there can be little doubt that the installation of a modular garden roof system can greatly improve the aesthetics of a standard roof, the benefits do not stop there as it green roofs actually offer a variety of benefits including:

  • Increased Roof Lifespan
  • Energy Reduction
  • Reduced Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)
  • Increasing Biodiversity and Wildlife
  • Improved Air and Water Quality
  • Reduced Sound Transfer

Green Roofing Units

This trademarked design incorporates strong tray units measuring 500 x 500 x 100mm, made from an injection moulded recycled polypropylene. The frame itself is 2mm thick throughout and is designed to tolerate significantly more than the 15-20kg saturated weight produced when the units are fully loaded with substrate and sedum plants.

The M-Tray® modules are delivered to site on shrink-wrapped pallets. Because these are live products, it is essential that they are unpacked as soon as possible and given access to light and water. The plants will suffer if they are left palletised longer than 24 hours after delivery.

For more information on the M-Tray® modular green roof solution from Wallbarn, please click here.

How To Create An Instant Green Roof

M-Tray - Project - Whitstable

Due to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we are able to provide a viable option for areas which are simply not suitable for other types of green roof installation and the perfect option for anyone looking to create an instant green roof.

Creating An Instant Green Roof

Our M-Tray® green roof system consists of specially-designed modular trays containing superior, engineered substrate and fully established flowering sedum

  • M-Trays® are designed to click together forming a single verdant surface
  • Once trays are connected they start to blend straight away, forming a seamless layer of vegetation
  • Modular M-Trays® can be easily lifted out giving access

Minimising The Risk During Installation 

Moving bags of aggregate-based substrate onto rooftops is fraught with risk – the aggregate goes everywhere and as it is so granular, it can damage waterproofing membranes very easily. Sedum blankets are also supplied rolled up, so the plants get damaged during the transport and installation process.

Issues relating to accessibility and concerns relating to disruption during installation are common reasons for property owners assuming that the installation of a green roof may not be possible for their building. Particularly when it comes to retrofitting a green roof onto a rooftop area.

Due to their modular nature, the M-Tray® is particularly well suited to DIY installations on single storey flat roofs, garden storage areas and many other flat areas which can be utilised.

Exactly 4 units per m² make estimating and installing much easier. M-Tray® modules are extremely easy to transport and deliver. They can also be used in areas where standard roll-out is not possible.

Transforming An Open Flat Roof

A recent project involved an extension on a domestic property

Being a wide extension overlooked by two different bedrooms, the owners were not keen on the idea of looking down on a bare rooftop.

The homeowner wanted to save on contractor fees by installing the green roof himself. M-Trays® simply clip together meaning that no specialist roofing or landscaping expertise is required and offered the perfect solution.

M-Tray - Project - Whitstable

Using The M-Tray® To ‘Find’ Lost Spaces

An image of a small green roof

With the extra time at home for people throughout the UK, many people are turning their attention to home improvement tips and ideas.

The versatility of some green roofing options, and in particular the M-Tray® modular green roof solution, ensure that along with being perfect for standard flat roofs, they can also be utilised for other lost and spare flat roofs. 

Finding ‘Lost’ Spaces

One of our past projects came as a request from a customer who wanted to ensure that a recently installed garden storage unit on the back of his home didn’t go to waste.

The M-Tray®, being modular in shape and incredibly easy to install, lent itself perfectly to the job.

The M-Tray® is self-contained within the walls of the plastic tray and comes with fully established, sustainable vegetation.

Easy To Install

Exactly 4 units per m² make estimating and installing much easier. M-Tray® modules are extremely easy to transport and deliver. They can also be used in areas where standard roll-out is not possible.

Whilst the name ‘green roofs’ will undoubtedly make many people look to the skies as they automatically think of the building rooftops, the versatility of the M-Tray® ensures that they are suitable for a wide variety of open and lost spaces, regardless of size, with some projects taking place much closer to the ground!

Providing Easy Access

The green roof components needed to be walked through the house to access the garden. Traditional roll-out green roof systems, with their bags of aggregate-based substrate and sedum blankets spilling compost and plant matter, are extremely messy to transport and install.

Taking a closer look at the M-Tray®

Our M-Tray® modular green roofing system has been further improved to make sedum roofs easier to install with less disruption to both the plants and the structure. M-Tray® is also designed to give a more seamless, verdant finish and an instant green roof.

Wallbarn is at the forefront of developments in the green roofing sector and has always provided products that combine top-quality ingredients with user-friendly, hassle-free maintenance. The purpose of M-Tray® is to enhance rooftop living.

The M-Tray® is a ready-grown, fully-established sedum or wildflower green roof modular solution offering a variety of unique benefits, including:

  • Our M-Tray® green roof system consists of specially-designed modular trays containing superior, engineered substrate and fully established flowering sedum
  • Easy-to-carry trays which click together to form a seamless green roof
  • Fully established sedum plants nurtured from seed at our own UK nurseries

What makes the M-Tray® green roof unique?

  • Mature, established vegetation
  • Click-together trays create a seamless connection
  • Easy to transport and install
  • Specially-mixed substrate for the longevity of plant life
  • 100mm deep cavities for healthy roots
  • Optimum drainage means stronger plants
  • No sharp edges or mess meaning minimum disruption to plants, deck structure and inhabitants!

For more information, please visit the dedicated area of our website by clicking here.

Contact Us

Wallbarn’s friendly and helpful team are here to answer any of your questions. Please give us a call on Tel. No. 0208 916 2222, send us an e-mail or use our ‘live chat’ option and we will be happy to help in any way that we can.

 

The M-Tray® – Reaching Areas Other Green Roofs Cannot Reach Since 2014

London hotel green roof on suite terrace

Perceived accessibility issues and concerns relating to potential disruption during installation are common reasons for property owners assuming that the installation of a green roof may not be possible for their building. Particularly when it comes to retrofitting a green roof onto a rooftop area.

However, thanks to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we are able to provide a viable option for areas which are simply not suitable for other types of green roof installation.

Moving bags of aggregate-based substrate onto rooftops is fraught with risk – the aggregate goes everywhere and as it is so granular, it can damage waterproofing membranes very easily. Sedum blankets are also supplied rolled up, so the plants get damaged during the transport and installation process.

This is not the case with the M-Tray® modules.

The Perfect Example

The perfect example of how the M-Tray® offers the perfect solution for any almost area was a recent installation at The May Fair Hotel, Mayfair, London

Because the M-Tray® is completely self-contained, we were able to carry them through the hotel on luggage trolleys up to the rooftop balcony without creating any mess with minimal disruption to complete the installation.

This allowed us to transform what was previously a fairly unsightly bitumen rooftop at a Mayfair hotel into a beautiful green space for guests to enjoy.

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Fast and Effective Installation

Being so easy to transport, our M-Trays® was selected as the fastest and most efficient way of converting the unused space into a lush, green and aesthetically-pleasing space. The installation only took half a day with minimal disruption to guests.

Not only are our M-Trays® easy to install and transport, but they will also last in the long term. Every now and again throughout the year, you will need to do some maintenance e.g. weeding but apart from that, our trays are designed to be as self-sufficient as possible (they are designed to capture rainwater, releasing it gradually feeding the species set into our special substrate).

The modular units clip together allowing the plants to blend into a seamless, established and sustainable green roof.

The benefits of a modular green roof include:

Convenience and speed of installation

Future-proofing your roof

Instant results

Key Benefits

The M-Tray® offers the chance to install an instant green roof. Since the sedum is less shocked by the installation process, as soon as the trays are connected together the whole area is filled with well-established plants. They will start to grow straight away, forming a seamless layer of vegetation much faster.

Speed is also a major factor. It has been proven that green roofs constructed using M-Tray® are installed much faster than in traditional roll-out methods.

Access to the roof is future-proofed. If there are problems with the deck beneath or inspection is required, one M-Tray® or section can easily be lifted out without disruption to the whole roof.

Click Here For More On The M-Tray® Modular Green Roof System

How To Use Green Roofs To Create Environmentally Friendly Spaces

Installing Green Roofing Has Never Caused Less Disruption
A close-up of completed M-Tray green roof installation|An overhead shot of a green roof
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With the constant progression of urban growth and increased levels of density in cities across the world have created, and continue to create, “urban jungles”. Such a concentration of structures and people can often lead to a sense of oppression, stark, noisy, unnatural blocks of concrete and glass.

Wide-Ranging Benefits

In addition to the obvious economic advantages an attractive, natural-looking, differentiated property with lots of green space will have in the local environment, which can bring higher rental yields and real estate values, the running costs of those buildings can be reduced to such a degree that green roofs pay for themselves and bring about a “green dividend” to the owners.

Green roofs and living walls are a great way of providing an attractive, useful, environmentally friendly open space on otherwise ‘lost’ flat roofs and podium decks.  They offer considerable benefits, some not always considered by developers.

A Full Service

Wallbarn provides a full service including design, planting, installation and maintenance.

This includes:

  • Initial development
  • Site visits
  • Detailed design
  • Planting of modules
  • Installation
  • Maintenance

All construction and maintenance are carried out under strict Health & Safety and COSHH regulations. Installation is carried out according to the requirements of the manufacturer. Power and water should be supplied before installation.

M-Tray® – An instant modular Green Roof

  • Our M-Tray® green roof system consists of specially-designed modular trays containing superior, engineered substrate and fully established flowering sedum
  • Easy-to-carry trays which click together to form a seamless green roof
  • Fully established sedum plants nurtured from seed at our own UK nurseries

Watch our short documentary-style film about how the M-Tray® was designed, how it is produced and installed on rooftops (7 mins).

What Makes The M-Tray® Perfect For Retro-Fitting

Green Roof Installation

Retro-fitting is a very common practice amongst many industries. Thanks to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we offer the ideal solution for anyone looking to add a green roof to an existing open space and one that is significantly more cost-effective than the construction of new facilities.

Our M-Tray® has been specifically designed to make sedum roof installation quick and easy – with minimum disruption to the plants and the structure they are going onto – and to provide a seamless, verdant finish – an instant and sustainable green roof.

Not only this, once installed, but access to the roof is also future-proofed. If there are problems with the deck beneath or inspection is required, one M-Tray® or section can easily be lifted out without disruption to the whole roof.

Green Roof Installation

The Perfect Solution For ‘Hard to Access’ Areas

Perceived accessibility issues and concerns relating to potential disruption during installation are common reasons for property owners assuming that the installation of a green roof may not be possible for their building. This is true when it comes to retrofitting a green roof onto a rooftop area. However, thanks to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, we are able to provide a viable option for areas which are simply not suitable for other types of green roof installation.

Moving bags of aggregate-based substrate onto rooftops is fraught with risk – the aggregate goes everywhere and as it is so granular, it can damage waterproofing membranes very easily. Sedum blankets are also supplied rolled up, so the plants get damaged during the transport and installation process.

This is not the case with the M-Tray® modules.

Fast and Effective Installation

Not only are our M-Trays® easy to install and transport but they will also last in the long term. Every now and again throughout the year, you will need to do some maintenance e.g. weeding but apart from that, our trays are designed to be as self-sufficient as possible (they are designed to capture rainwater, releasing it gradually, feeding the species set into our special substrate).

The modular units clip together allowing the plants to blend into a seamless, established and sustainable green roof.

The benefits of a modular green roof include:

  • Convenience and speed of installation
  • Future-proofing your roof
  • Instant results

The Perfect Example

The perfect example of how the M-Tray® offers the perfect solution for any almost area was a recent installation at the May Fair Hotel, Mayfair, London.

Because the M-Tray® is completely self-contained, we were able to carry them through the hotel on luggage trolleys up to the rooftop balcony without creating any mess with minimal disruption to complete the installation.

This allowed us to transform what was previously a fairly unsightly bitumen rooftop at a Mayfair hotel into a beautiful green space for guests to enjoy.

To find out more about the M-Tray®, please click here to visit the dedicated area of the site or call us at Tel. No. 020 8916 2222.

The Perfect Decking For Poolside Areas

Waterproof Decking

Designed to innovate in the field of outdoor decking and wall claddings, the iDecking system is the culmination of years of research and development with some of the world’s most important architects, designers and qualified deck builders.

iDecking’s revolutionary decking system offers a truly high-performance product.

iDecking – stunning private home

Why is it so good?

A truly innovative system which allows you to install decking effortlessly

  • No nails, screws, drills or spacers
  • Up to five times faster to install  than traditional deck building
  • Ideal for low thresholds (whole system max 80mm)
  • Luxurious, natural-looking decking

Slip-resistant Finish

Unlike many other traditional decking materials, the systems which have been developed by iDecking, completely waterproof your deck or roof deck area with an aesthetically pleasing and durable, slip-resistant finish.

Made from recycled rice husk, it has exceptional anti-slip properties. In fact, we have just received a test score from the University of Hamburg for slipperiness, along with the extrusion it is 60 µ, perpendicular to the extrusion it is 58 µ (it looks like the requirement is > 36) – test number EN 15534-4.

These properties not only help to protect the structure to which it’s applied but also leads to a longer lifespan than other decking systems currently available.

‘Game-Changing’ benefits

Amongst the ‘game-changing’ benefits offered by this innovative modern type of waterproof decking, you will receive key features including:

    • Coloured before extrusion
    • Woodgrain effect – available in four colours
    • Eco-Friendly – 100% recyclable
    • Low maintenance
    • Extremely stable and durable
    • Splinter-free
    • Extremely slip-resistant
    • Weatherproof & waterproof
    • Insect-resistant
    • Class B1 fire rated

Not only are they easy to install, these decking systems are extremely durable ensuring that they drastically reduce the need for periodic maintenance.

The exceptional anti-slip scores and non-splinter aspects of the iDecking boards make them very valuable for pool areas.

With a wide range of colours available, designing pool areas is a much easier process than when using other WPC composite boards which tend to be similar colours and textures

For more information relating to decking, please visit the following link – https://www.wallbarn.com/products/idecking/

Find Out How Green Roofs Can Transform Almost Any Lost Space

A close-up of an M-Tray installation in Whitstable

Whilst the name ‘green roofs’ will undoubtedly make many people look to the skies as they automatically think of the building rooftops, the versatility of the M-Tray® ensures that they are suitable for a wide variety of open and lost spaces, regardless of size, with some projects taking place much closer to the ground!

One of our previous projects resulted from a request from a residential customer who wanted to ensure that a recently installed garden storage unit on the back of his home was more attractive.

By giving it a green roof. The M-Tray®, being modular in shape and incredibly easy to install, lent itself perfectly to the job.

Providing Easy Access

The green roof components needed to be walked through the house to access the garden. Traditional roll-out green roof systems, with their bags of aggregate-based substrate and sedum blankets spilling compost and plant matter, are extremely messy to transport and install.

The M-Tray® is self-contained within the walls of the plastic tray and comes with fully established, sustainable vegetation.

Taking a closer look at the M-Tray®

Our M-Tray® modular green roofing system has been further improved to make sedum roofs easier to install with less disruption to both the plants and the structure. M-Tray® is also designed to give a more seamless, verdant finish and an instant green roof.

Wallbarn is at the forefront of developments in the green roofing sector and has always provided products that combine top-quality ingredients with user-friendly, hassle-free maintenance. The purpose of M-Tray® is to enhance rooftop living.

What makes the M-Tray® green roof unique?

  • Mature, established vegetation
  • Click-together trays create a seamless connection
  • Easy to transport and install
  • Specially-mixed substrate for the longevity of plant life
  • 100mm deep cavities for healthy roots
  • Optimum drainage means stronger plants
  • No sharp edges or mess meaning minimum disruption to plants, deck structure and inhabitants!

For more information, please visit the dedicated area of our website by clicking here.

Contact Us

Wallbarn’s friendly and helpful team are here to answer any of your questions. Please give us a call on Tel. No. 0208 916 2222, send us an e-mail or use our ‘live chat’ option and we will be happy to help in any way that we can.

 

Do Green Roofs Offer Noise Reduction Qualities?

M Tray installation through a window|The M Tray Modular Green Roof

A close-up of an M-Tray installation in Whitstable

Green roofs have increased dramatically in popularity in recent times, thanks in large part due to the number of ecological and economic advantages they offer.

These include:

  • Increased thermal insulation
  • Floodwater management
  • Improved air quality
  • Enhanced biodiversity

However, did you know that green roofs can also be effective at reducing noise?

Noise reduction qualities

Green roofs have important acoustic benefits as well. A study has shown that:

“Because the typical substrates used for green roofs are (highly) porous and thus allow sound waves to enter the growing mediums. Because of the large number of interactions between sound waves and substrate particles, attenuation occurs. As a result, less noise will reach the back façade or the roof apartment compared to the situation with a non-vegetated roof that is most often made of highly reflective material (e.g. concrete).”

Please click here for more on this study.

Taking a closer look

Zaloa Azkorra, an agricultural engineer of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, is currently conducting some fascinating in-depth research at the University School of Mining and Public Works Engineering into the benefits provided by green walls.

The researcher has concluded that walls comprising plants offer great potential for absorbing noise and could be used as acoustic insulation.

Temperature & acoustic benefits

The researcher is proposing that green walls be used in buildings, inside and outside, as they can improve the temperature and, what is more, they can achieve acoustic improvements. Furthermore, “they are attractive and cool,” said Azkorra. But she also admitted at the same time that having such systems is costly and that, what is more, the systems need to be improved. As Azkorra pointed out, “apart from having plants on the walls, they have to be maintained and that is quite expensive”. So right now she sees no alternative but to fit them in special buildings.

Now that the plant modules have been cultivated, she has begun to carry out thermal studies on them to study what benefits they can bring from the temperature perspective.

For more on this story, please visit – http://phys.org/news/2015-01-green-walls-effective-acoustic-insulation.html

Green Roofing Benefits

The huge range of benefits offered by green roofing systems is something that the team at Wallbarn wholeheartedly endorse.

To view many of the benefits available, please take a moment to visit the dedicated ‘green roofing’ section on our website by clicking on the following link –  https://www.wallbarn.com/green-roofs/m-tray/

For more on our pre-grown sedum green roof product, supplied in easy-to-handle plastic tray units, please check out the video below.