Category Archives: Green Roof News

Green roof poll 1 – do the public think nature or engineering

Green roof poll 1 – do the public think nature or engineering

Do the public think green roofs are about nature or engineering? This question launched our first green roof poll of 2018. The clear answer is the public think green roofs are about nature. Of course a simple perceptual question doesn’t drill down to a granular level. It does, however, present give a taste, in the…

A green roof solar boost –  and a boost for nature too

A green roof solar boost – and a boost for nature too

Do green roofs provide a solar boost? New research in Kansas certainly suggest they do. Whilst a boost to energy is important, the biosolar approach should also boost nature. New research in London does just that.   Green roof solar boost research A solar panel is most efficient when the ambient temperature is around 25°C.…

How big is the UK green roof market? We are finding out

How big is the UK green roof market? We are finding out

How big is the UK green roof market? To find out, Livingroofs.org has just launched the national UK Green Roof Market Survey 2016. In association with GRO the Green Roof Organisation and Chaucer Landscape Management, Livingroofs.org is assessing the size and value of the UK green roof market, including barriers and drivers to uptake.

New bee for England – is it using green roofs in London?

New bee for England – is it using green roofs in London?

A new bee discovered this year in a small park in London is making the news. The English name for the new species is the Viper’s Bugloss Mason Bee (Hoplitis adunca) after the species’ main food plant. As Viper’s Bugloss is common across the green roofs of London, we are wondering whether it is already using London’s green…

Creating habitat for breeding solitary bees – London

Creating habitat for breeding solitary bees – London

Whilst a good green roof designed for biodiversity will be attractive to many pollinators, providing nesting habitat is also an important consideration. Green roofs not only provide adequate forage for pollinators, but can also provide nesting for some species in the substrate. London has probably one of the largest bee hotels on a green roof in the world.