The Green Roof Industry in Australia Is Growing Up

Origin Energy Greenwall Project

Origin Energy’s Award-Winning Melbourne Headquarters Building. Image Source: greenwall.com.au

Thanks to recent projects like Fytogreen’s green roof atop the Victorian Desalination Plant – the biggest in the southern hemisphere – and Origin Energy’s Melbourne office by Mark Paul from the Greenwall Company, ever greater numbers of leafy vegetation are becoming part of the built environment.

Green roofs have been around for thousands of years and their benefits are many. In cities, they provide oxygen, reduce the urban air temperature and mitigate storm run-offs.

They also provide a strong aesthetic beauty, as championed by the renowned French botanist Patrick Blanc.

In Australia, the industry is represented by Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) through its president Matthew Dillon.

“In the 21st century, humanity needs to overcome challenges of population growth, food production and the impacts of climate change in order to restore a sustainable balance with nature,” GRA’s website reads. “GRA is of the belief that this is achievable, however, it will require innovative, informed and decisive government leadership and planning.”

Origin Energy Greenwall Project

Origin Energy’s Award-Winning Melbourne Headquarters Building. Image Source: greenwall.com.au

Sustainability aficionados are able to learn more by attending The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013.

Titled ‘Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design’, the summit kicked off on February 12 and will run until March 13.

The exhibit is virtual too, so visitors can simply peruse from their armchair.

Run in association with Greenroofs.com and the World Green Infrastructure Network (WIGN), it offers a range of keynote video presentations by leading green roof specialists from all over the world which are scheduled to run live but can be replayed on demand until the summit ends.

Highlights include presentations by European Federation of Green Roof Associations president Dusty Gedge, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities founder and president and WGIN founding member Steven Peck and greenroofs.com founder Linda Velazquez.

Origin Energy Greenwall Project

Origin Energy’s Award-Winning Melbourne Headquarters Building. Image Source: greenwall.com.au

Visitors can check out the live expo pavilions, download product literature and gather information from the various green roof professionals, whose projects will be showcased.

For a more interactive experience, visitors can also take part in the live question and answer sessions, video chat in meeting rooms and enter the networking lounge.

By Annie Reid
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