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Impact feature: Greening urban infrastructure

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Researchers at UEL are helping to enhance biodiversity within urban areas by developing alternative green roof designs that mimic local conservation priority habitat.

In cities where space at ground-level is limited, adding vegetation to roof tops can provide significant environmental and economic benefits.  However, due to industrial standardisation, many of the green roof installations in London, across Europe and beyond feature shallow systems which are designed predominantly for stormwater attenuation and aesthetic purposes. This standardisation approach to vegetation is not a reflection of natural ecosystems and restricts biodiversity and its associated ecosystem service benefits.

Researchers from UEL’s Sustainability Research Institute have been investigating alternative green roof designs for London’s new Barking Riverside development which mimic the natural habitat of the brownfield site on which the new community is being developed. The work is being carried out in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the Institute for Sustainability, Barking Riverside Ltd, and Livingroofs.org, and forms part of a larger EU project called TURAS (Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability).

Read more on the UEL website.

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This entry was posted on June 5, 2014 by in Sustainability and tagged .
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