Green Roof Code and Guide


Download the 2011 GRO Green Roof Code here

Visit the new Green Roof Guide here

  The Green Roof Code is funded by European Commission Life+ funded.

The main actions of the project are:

1. Creation of a UK specific code of best practice for green and living roof installation - Setting down the requirements for the Green Roof Code to support implementation of green roofs across the UK. The first draft of the Code will be produced by December 2009. A series of workshops, and focus groups will be held to consult with wider stakeholders on the production of The Code. A formal task group will be established to engage key stakeholders. The task group will oversee the Code production, providing direction and steer to the Project Manager.  GRACC will evaluate the practicalities of working to the Code. It will pilot the Code with Sheffield City Council and three key developers whose schemes have already received outline planning permission. The main purpose of the evaluation will be to check that the Code improves quality of design and provides assistance to achieving planning conditions.


2. Awareness raising - Awareness raising events will be run to engage a broad audience including built environment professionals, policy makers, planners and decision-makers.  The sessions focused for built environment professions will be designed to build confidence in the technologies, and show the opportunities and cost benefits of green roofs.  Policy makers, planners and decision makers events will look to produce proactive and cross-policy solutions which are fit for purpose.


3. Dissemination - At every stage of the project promotion of the Code and the benefits of green roofs will be of the highest priority.  The engagement of public, industry, corporate and government, both local and central, will be critical to the success and ultimate adoption of the Code.  The dissemination of information will ensure stakeholders are kept up to date with developments, interested parties can access relevant data and advice, and previously unaware groups can be introduced to the technology.  Dissemination will be undertaken throughout the course of the project.


4. Guidance notes and case studies - To produce guidance and case studies on the Code itself and on promoting best practice in green roof technology and implementation. The guidance will have a target audience across several sectors, including policy makers, construction, developers, installers and sustainable technology practitioners.  The majority of the published information will be beneficial to all of these groups, with some technical specifics being more appropriate to individual elements. 


5. Green Roof Innovation Awards - The aim of the annual Innovation Awards is to acknowledge creative & sustainable green roof developments, which inspire and build confidence in the technology. The Awards will be made in May of each year. Only completed green roof projects, located in England will be eligible.

Each project will be judged against the following criteria:-
• How well does the green roof meet the Code?
• How well does the green roof display innovation and creativity?
• How well does the green roof meet with local planning requirements?
• How sustainable is the green roof?
 The Award will not be financial, but a recognition of green roof excellence.


6. After-LIFE Communication Plan - The GRACC team will produce the plan under guidance from the dissemination & network manager. The main method for dissemination, after-LIFE, will be through the website and work of the Green Roof Centre. There will be dedicated webpages held on the and Green Roof Centre websites. A limited number of reports on the project findings will be printed for distribution to key stakeholders.  The Code will be retained by Groundwork Sheffield.

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