Green Roof Project
This solution was sourced in response to UKGBC’s Innovation Challenge: “How can existing buildings be made more resilient to climate change, with as little disruption to their occupants as possible, by 2030?”
The Green Roof Project seeks to address a variety of negative impacts associated with the climate and ecological crises including flooding, carbon emissions, loss of biodiversity, overheating and poor air quality.
Green roofs are an established solution, but this project seeks to overcome some of the issues of tangibly demonstrating and raising awareness of their benefits. It also highlights an approach to green roofing that considers social as well as environmental benefits to maximise co-benefits. There is also a lack of skilled workers to keep up with demand for green roofing, so the project creates meaningful green jobs and gives opportunity to train a local skilled workforce, as the demand for green roofing continues to grow.
Verification & Case Study
Although the technology has been around for a long time, the ability to measure its impact is still relatively new. The Green Roof Project took steps to demonstrate the impact of green roofs by collaborating with the local tech community via a “Hackathon”. Over one weekend, the team developed an application that produces real-time data showing the positive effects of the green roof on the temperature of the building, i.e., it remained relatively constant while the temperature of the existing roof surface fluctuated heavily throughout the day and night.
The Green Roof Project has also been raising awareness of green roofs to local councils, businesses and the general public of Milton Keynes. Over 400 people attended one of the roof tours/open days, which enabled them to experience first hand the potential of green infrastructure. The impact of the “live lab” approach has resulted in The Green Roof Project working with numerous organisations and individuals to retrofit green roofs to their properties and estates, which will help increase usable green space and support the fight against climate change.
Bridgman & Bridgman worked with creative agency, Pooleyville to plan a meanwhile activation programme on the roof of Saxon Court, the former Milton Keynes Council civic offices which were being sold to developer, First Base. From these discussions, the Green Roof Project was formed.
The Project has created several green jobs and training placements, who went on to grow food that was distributed to four local Community Fridges. The green roof systems include intensive and extensive modular, biosolar, blue and green roof systems including sedum and wildflower vegetation. The 300,000 strong Buckfast Bee community have helped create honey and lip balm. The Green Roof Project aspires to make Milton Keynes the Green Roof Capital of the world. This Project has created greater awareness of green roofs, enabled the creation of new green jobs within the town, and pioneered the first green roof training scheme in the UK and Europe, which led trainees to become accredited green roof installers.