Could offices in Manchester soon be getting more green roof space?
A commercial property consultant is set to investigate the financial and environmental benefits of green roof space in Greater Manchester. The Commission for the New Economy and Manchester City Council have tasked Drivers Jonas with the research, alongside AECOM.
The ‘Green Roof Guidance’ investigation will look into the possibilities of introducing green roof space in the region, and will then road-test the scheme on 5 properties in the City of Manchester.
In a Drivers Jonas press release, Jon Lovell, head of sustainability at Drivers Jonas, said:
“Green roofs deliver so many financial, environmental and public benefits and it’s astonishing that there are so few of them across Greater Manchester. We need to challenge the received wisdom about the costs and risks of green roofs to ensure that we deliver a sustainable built environment that responds effectively to the pressures of climate change and low-carbon economic recovery.”
Richard Cowell, Manchester City Council executive member for the environment, said:
“More green roofs will help Manchester adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change by soaking up storm water, creating habitats for insects and birds, and reducing air pollution. Green roofs and increased green spaces are part of Manchester’s plan to create a well adapted, successful, and competitive city for the future.”
A green roof – also known as a living roof – is one where vegetation and plants can be grown on the surface. The benefits include increased roof protection and insulation. The risk of flooding is also reduced.