Green Roof Code



LIFE+ is a major European funding stream which supports a wide range of projects across Europe.

Download the 2014 GRO Green Roof Code here

Download the Green Roof Guide here

Green Roof against Climate Change (GRACC)

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 was produced by December 2009. A series of workshops, and focus groups were held to consult with wider stakeholders on the production of The Code. A formal task group was established to engage key stakeholders. The task group oversaw the Code production, providing direction and steer to the Project Manager.  GRACC evaluated the practicalities of working to the Code. It piloted the Code with Sheffield City Council and three key developers whose schemes have already received outline planning permission. The main purpose of the evaluation was to check that the Code improved quality of design and provided assistance to achieving planning conditions.


2. Awareness raising - Awareness raising events were run to engage a broad audience including built environment professionals, policy makers, planners and decision-makers.  The sessions focused for built environment professions were designed to build confidence in the technologies, and show the opportunities and cost benefits of green roofs.  Policy makers, planners and decision makers events looked 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 were 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 information ensured 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 - The project produced the Code on promoting best practice in green roof technology and implementation. The guidance has 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 were made in May of each year for 5 years through the NFRC.

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 produced the plan under guidance from the dissemination & network manager. The main method for dissemination, after-LIFE, is through the website and work of the Green Roof Centre. There are dedicated webpages held on the and Green Roof Centre websites. A limited number of reports on the project findings were printed for distribution to key stakeholders.

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