Introduction to roofs, walls and facades

Green roofs, walls and facades are becoming more common in cities across the globe. Growing numbers of Australians are realising the potential of these living systems to improve the quality of their built environment to provide social, aesthetic, environmental and economic benefits

Green roofs, walls and facades are appealing as a way of adding green infrastructure to a city because they can be included on new buildings or retrofitted onto existing buildings, and require little, if any, space at ground level. They are being used to compensate for the loss of urban greenery, and to provide localised cooling and aesthetic improvements in dense urban centres where there is insufficient space for other types of green infrastructure.

It is estimated that there are more than 50 green walls, more than 100 green roofs and hundreds of green facades across Melbourne. Yet there is limited Australian information about how to create and manage these types of green infrastructure. This guide provides technical advice on how to design, build and manage green roofs, walls and facades so they can provide multiple benefits over a long time span for building owners and the wider community.

Click the menu to the right to learn about definitions and benefits of green roofs, walls and facades. Click the ‘FAQ’ tab above to find answers to commonly asked questions.


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