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Green Roofs: A Solution that benefits everyone

Green Roofs 1 July 2021


Green roofs provide a variety of benefits, from enhancing building performance and increasing asset value to improving the environment. It is the perfect way to create sustainable building envelopes, promoting biodiversity and turning what would otherwise be wasted space into useful areas for people, wildlife, and plants.

Green roofs offer a wide variety of social, economic and environmental benefits to communities and building owners. In addition to replacing mineral surfaces with permeable and living surfaces within the building, they compensate for the loss of ecosystem services caused by urban development.


Benefits for Communities

Mitigating the effect of urban heat island

Due to the evapotranspiration of plants and the shading they provide, vegetated roofs promote natural control of the outside temperature.

Increase urban biodiversity

Green roofs create conditions promoting the development of microhabitats to support life. They can offset the loss of natural heritage and increase connectivity between ecosystems in the area.

Reducing air pollution

Vegetated roofs help improving the quality of outdoor air by removing certain contaminants such as dust particles, acting as carbon sinks and oxygenating living environments.

Improving storm water management

Green roofs have a capacity of absorption, retention and filtration of water. They improve stormwater management while helping to reduce the risks associated with overflows and floods.

Mitigate noise pollution

Green roofs improve acoustic comfort thanks to their soundproofing capability. They also help mitigate the negative perceptions associated with environmental noise.


Benefits for the Owner

Improve the thermal efficiency of the building

Green roofs are among the best solutions in the improvement of energy efficiency which can thus generate savings in the operational costs of the building.

Extend the life of the roof membrane

By acting as an additional protective layer, the vegetated surface extends the service life of the roof’s waterproofing system.

Optimise the use of available space

Vegetated solutions optimize the use of space by displaying a wide range of possibilities. The addition of more functional space on the roof can take the form of a terrace and even a garden.

Improve the aesthetics of the building

Green roofs improve the quality of the living environment by highlighting nature as an architectural component of the building. It helps beautify the living environment and enhance the real estate heritage.

Increase the attraction capacity

Vegetated solutions can boost the appeal of a building for customers, occupants or employees by promoting a sense of pride and making them see how the owner meets their needs and values.

Reinforce the approach to sustainable development

Green roofs are excellent ways to respect values, deliver on commitments and support a long-term vision of sustainable development.

SOPRANATURE systems are compatible with SOPREMA roofing and waterproofing systems, including SBS & APP-modified bitumen and PVC membrane systems.


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