The development of green roofs and walls is now easier, with a landmark new guidance note providing advice about developing urban canopy on commercial and residential buildings.
Research shows green roofs and walls on commercial and residential buildings provide sustainable benefits ranging from reducing urban heat island effect and better air quality to green spaces for the enjoyment of building tenants and urban food production.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) green roofs and walls guidance note, launched this week at the University of Technology Sydney, looks at green walls and roofs from the surveyor’s perspective, encompassing technical factors, value and community impacts.
Launched by the NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes MP, the guide endorses the licencing of roof top spaces for the development of a green roof, and in so doing offers the world’s first template for owners to adopt when licencing rooftops for commercial uses.
“This guidance note will make it easier to use innovative building elements to help deal with the urban heat island effect and future climate impacts. It will give the private sector the practical information to help keep our city cool and help people save energy,” the Minister said.
UTS researcher and report co-author, Associate Professor Sara Wilkinson said efficient use of urban space was essential to meet increasingly complex population, energy, climate, sustainability and quality-of-life challenges in our built environment.