Research by Livingroofs.org has created the first national picture of the market for green roofs in the United Kingdom.
Green infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in designing the urban realm for climate resilience, reports Planning & Building Control Today. Green roofs are one element of the green infrastructure story, and the market for green roofs has been increasing for several years.
The exact nature of the market has not been formally assessed. The recent publication of Livingroofs.org’s UK Green Roof Market report aimed to do so.
Using metrics decided upon with the green roof industry, data from 2015 and 2016 were analyzed to provide a figure on the increase in the market over a year. The headline figure showed an increase of 17 percent. That figure also equates to the increase in the area of green roofs in central London between 2014 and 2015. Research also showed that nearly 42 percent of the market is focused on the Greater London Authority area. The reason is that London has a distinct policy for green roofs within the London Plan.