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Green is the new black
In response to demand for more environmentally
friendly and sustainable building practices, the
market for green roofs is booming, growing by
15% annually. With 54% of the world’s population
now living in urban areas, and boasting
impressive eco credentials, green roofs are said
to be playing an important part in ensuring a
sustainable future, while also turning city skylines
into living, breathing spaces.
Green technologies and landscaping materials
are now fundamental construction elements,
with green roofs helping to address urban design
challenges from promoting biodiversity, to
improving air quality. British-based manufacturer
Wallbarn, says it is leading the way in this
growing and innovative eco-industry.
Wallbarn supplies a range of specialist
construction products to an international customer
base, with recent projects including London’s
Mayfair Hotel, the Olympic Park, Riverlight Nine
Elms and the redevelopment of Elephant Park.
Commenting on its success, Wallbarn
director, Julian Thurbin, said: “We are constantly
innovating and developing our product range to
meet the needs and evolving building practices
of our customers, which includes architects,
designers, contractors and developers.”
Wallbarn’s most recent innovation is its green
and maintained incorrectly” says Thurbin. In
response to this issue, Wallbarn developed
its own modular system, M-Tray, designed in
collaboration with its customers and horticultural
experts. M-Tray units arrive fully established,
with Wallbarn’s own mix of sedum fully rooted in
its own specially developed substrate.
roofi ng system, the M-Tray. “Traditional roll-out
‘blanket’ has a reputation for being messy to
transport, as well as dying off quickly if installed
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“Our goal was to develop a green roof product
which was much simpler to install and maintain,
as well as being able to survive in the long term.
By pre-growing sedum in the trays on our farm
until it reaches maturity, we fi nd that it suffers
much less shock during installation. Our specially
designed single-sized trays simply clip together,
making installation incredibly easy, meaning that
you can simply unclip and lift off the trays should
you ever want to replace them or inspect the roof
beneath” added Thurbin.