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Green roof on a bike shed

I recently finished the first green roof I have built for a while and thought you might like to see a few pictures. This one was on top of a bike shed  in Stockwell and it’s looking pretty good. Took a bit more work than I expected, although small it has just as many corners as a bigger one so had as many fiddly bits to do. I worked it out after a while though and it looks really good.

The clients had a good supply of soil so we didn’t need to get any elsewhere, they also had a good idea of what they wanted to plant. We used a combination of herbs, grasses and other plants. They wanted to try as many plants as possible to see which ones would take to the roof, should be a good plan and I hope the roof will evolve over the next few years, it will be interesting to see which plants are most suited to the roof conditions.

The only disappointment so far is the photos I took with my new phone which are all washed out and bluey. It’s just down the road so I will see if I can get some better ones but here are a few for now. If you want one for your shed or extension get in touch.

Green roof on bike shedAnother close upClose up of the roof

 

Rain not just good for ducks

The green roof I built in Hertfordshire last year has put on a remarkable growth spurt in recent weeks:

Greener roof

I am very pleased with how it looks now. We had been experimenting with a micro irrigation system to keep it watered in the hot months but this has been redundant given the weather lately. In it’s own small way it is also reducing run off to the surrounding area and lowering the chances of flooding.

The growth is also high enough to be seen from the road:

Energy savings from insulation project

I have just got the energy bills from my first insulation and draught proofing project for www.ecoalex.com and they are excellent:

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This was for a four bedroom detached house in Hertfordshire and we carried out the following measures in November/December last year:

Since then we have added 200mm of insulation in the flat roof of the house whilst building a green roof and also in other hard to access roof areas with the help of a local builder. This should mean we see a reduction in energy over next year as well.

In 2012 we plan to start installing internal insulation in the empty cavities in the walls of the house.

Apart from the energy savings, carbon reductions and money saving the most important thing to the occupants of the house is that the living room is warm and comfortable.

Have a look at my website and let me know if you would like me to do the same for your house.