Uses for vegetative roofs blooming

Green or vegetative roofs add a touch of nature to a building and reduce the environmental impact on the surrounding area.

At Greenbuild 2014, Mark Munley, business development director for Urbanscape, a Knauf Insulation company, talks about the latest developments in vegetative roofs and other strategies.

Urbanscape products are commercially available for green roof solutions in construction in landscaping, horticulture and leisure gardening.

Urbanscape Modular Green Roof is a complete system, which consists of Urbanscape Root Membrane and Urbanscape Module with 3 layers: drainage, a substrate, a unique patented rock mineral wool substrate and vegetation.

The Urbanscape Green Roll is a lightweight roof substrate made of long rock mineral wool fibers specially needled to form a compact and dimensionally stable felt. The product is made solely of virgin rock mineral fibers. Urbanscape Green Roll ensures water retention and conservation in green roofs and is a good growing medium made from various mineral mixtures.

Urbanscape Green Roll Medium (HTC GR M) and Urbanscape Green Roll High (HTC GR H) have additional super absorbent particles dispersed into the rock mineral wool felt. This makes the product suitable for growing plants, as rock mineral felt absorbs the water through capillary action. Particles provide additional water storage, releasing it when required. Super absorbent particles also protect the water from evaporating and leaching when temperatures are high.

Environmental advantages of use of Urbanscape products in applications bring a reduced water consumption, more green areas, improve the quality of air in cities, provide better control over storm water, facilitate plant maintenance, provide greater energy efficiency and, last but not least, bring aesthetic solutions to urban environments.

Urbanscape products are already used in the Netherlands, Germany and USA on green roofs, and intensive testing of Urbanscape application possibilities in landscaping and planting tree in arid areas in the Near East and Africa are currently underway.

Read more about sustainable roofing.

 


Topics: Architectural Firms, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Engineering Firms, Exteriors, Great Commercial Buildings, Green Roofs / Garden Roofs, Roofing, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, Wastewater Management / Wastewater Treatment, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

Companies: Knauf Insulation


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