In a new report titled ‘Demystifying Green Infrastructure’, the UK-GBC sets out the benefits of implementing green infrastructure within the built environment such as the potential increase in the value of land and property.
The report also outlines potential risks from failing to incorporate appropriate green infrastructure into building projects, including increased costs and planning delays, as well as risk of flooding and loss of habitat.
Several cities and towns across the UK are beginning to embrace green infrastructure within the built environment.
For example, Brighton boasts a green wall 1.2km long on Madeira Drive that’s been designated a local wildlife site – the only site of its kind in the UK.
Bristol, the 2015 European Green Capital city, has seen Mayor, George Ferguson roll out the world’s first ‘One Tree Per Child’ initiative, which will see that all of Bristol’s 36,000 primary school pupils given a chance to plant at least one tree as part of a global initiative.
“Planting trees and shrubs is a great way for school children to connect to the environment and their local community. As a child’s tree grows, their commitment to the environment and their local community grows as well,” said Ferguson.
London has its share of green infrastructure too, with over 700 green roofs covering an area equivalent to more than 25 football pitches (175,000sq m).
Living roofs plan an important role in helping to achieve Mayor, Boris Johnson’s target to increase green cover in Central London by five per cent by 2030.
Sunsquare continues to play an important part in the development of green living roofs having supplied a host of its walk-on rooflights to architects and developers across the capital and the South East. They provide a perfect solution for those who desire a sustainable roof terrace whilst enhancing levels of natural light in the interior below.
The Horizon walk-on range also offers industry-leading energy efficiency. The products are manufactured from our own extruded aluminium profile which is truly thermally broken with two polyamide insulating sections to minimise heat loss and condensation in the interiors below.
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