A new report by environmental experts offers Brighton city centre the opportunity to become a UK innovation hub for green roofing. The findings from The Ecology Consultancy identify 61 hectares of roofs in central Brighton which can be safely retrofitted with living grasses and plants. This is equivalent to 87 football pitches of new green space within just 9 square kilometres between Kemptown and West Pier.
The report details significant benefits to improve the quality of urban life. Besides bringing the natural biodiversity of the adjacent South Downs into the city centre, organic roofing could absorb up to 244,000 square metres of rain water to minimise flooding in heavy downpours. Other advantages include the natural moderation of temperatures inside buildings, reducing energy costs throughout the year, and improving workplace wellbeing.
Local environmental expert Lee Evans from Organic Roofs contributed to the report findings. Lee says “reducing our urban Heat Island impact will make the whole city a more attractive place for tourists and employers and life-style entrepreneurs. Imagine living comfortably and working safely with all your modern facilities in the middle of meadowlands. City energy costs would fall and our Happiness Index would rise”.
Organic Roofs have just won a national Award by NFRC as best Green Roof Designer and are supported by Brighton University’s Green Growth Platform. Their innovation consultant Clive Bonny adds “EU laws are now being passed approving green roof platforms to widen the community benefits. Brighton has worked hard to be awarded as a UNESCO biosphere site. We now have a real opportunity to be leading in this new field. Let’s hope the planners and architects recognise this innovation can take root here”
The report can be downloaded from www.organicroofs.co.uk
Lee Evans Lee@organicroofs.co.uk tele 01273 774152
Clive Bonny Clive@consult-smp.com tele 01273 308865
The Ecology Consultancy 01273 813739 www.ecologyconsultancy.co.uk Ben Kimpton
Green Growth Platform Lorraine Bell firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 641949