Sourced from The Age
The roof of the austere concrete government office 1 Treasury Place will be transformed into a lush landscape to demonstrate how existing buildings can be retrofitted with green roofs to help Melbourne adapt to climate change.
As part of the project, research will also be conducted into why Australian cities are lagging behind those in Europe and North America when it comes to installing green roofs, despite the environmental and social benefits.
Green roofs and walls reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide cooling and reduce stormwater runoff which decreases flash flooding.
The $2.7 million demonstration roof, a joint initiative between the state government and Melbourne City Council, is expected to be completed by June 2020.
"Establishing more green roofs across Melbourne is a great way to help the environment and reduce building operating costs, while also improving the health and wellbeing of those living and working in the city," Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said.