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Architects, designers, builders and suppliers are all looking at ways to create healthier  more energy-efficient homes. And with long-term impact at the forefront of development, comes a rise in green roofing.

  • Green roofs consider biodiversity within the built realm.
  • They reduce the need for artificial cooling in hot weather, reduce rainwater run-off and provide a range of habitats for wildlife. 
  • They can also create green spaces in urban locations – roof gardens, allotment plots and even park space.

Here at the NFRC we have a growing number of trained green roof installers and manufacturers and helped to write the Green Roof Code of practice (GRO). Most recently we supported with the publication of a green roof market report.

Green roofs began life in northern Scandinavia and have been around for centuries. But the modern trend started when green roofs were developed in Germany in the 1960s.

Today, it is estimated that about 10% of all German roofs have been “greened”. In the UK, their uptake has been slower.

Berlin skyline

Berlin skyline over Kreuzrbeg district showing the roof of the Tempodrom 

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The study found that investors are starting to recognise the economic potential but the green roof market is still predominantly focused in London where around 42% of all UK green roofs have been delivered.

We expect to see other cities and towns follow suit and as interest continues to grow, we are likely to see a surge in demand for people properly trained in green roofing. We hope this mean that green roofs will play an important part in creating rewarding careers for multi-skilled professionals.

With this in mind, the NFRC and GRO are actively working on upskilling across the sector. We will also continue supporting regular assessments of the UK green roof market to help it to grow.