In recent months, there’s been considerable buzz about the so-called ‘law’ about to be passed in France, which insists that all retail buildings currently under construction must be fitted with a green roof or renewable energy devices.
As you might imagine, this has resulted in considerable good cheer amongst ecological campaigners across the world. However, it’s not time to get excited quite yet – the facts are as follows.
Green Roofs – Not Quite a Law in France, Just Yet…
The current situation, as it stands, is that the ‘law’ has not yet been legally enshrined, and at present, still remains a statement of intent, rather than a legally binding decree.
This may be disappointing to those who are passionate about environmentally friendly construction. However, whilst the law had yet to be passed, the proposed suggestion has certainly had real impact, not only in France, but further afield.
Why the Emphasis on Green Roofing?
Sustainable, eco-friendly construction is gradually becoming more popular across the world. Most people are now very familiar with the advantages of solar panelling. However, green roofs still remain something of an enigma in the UK. Most people recognise that they create a pleasant area for wildlife, including birds and insects, but beyond that is where things get a little hazy.
In actual fact, green roofs offer a number of other benefits.
Should the UK Make Green Roofs a Legal Requirement?
Of course, the big issue that has prevented the government from imposing such a legislation is cost. Green roofs tend to be slightly more expensive than conventional roofing, which is an unappealing prospect for cost-conscious developers or business-owners.
However, when examined as part of the bigger picture, it’s easy to draw a different conclusion. Green roofing helps to reduce heating and air conditioning bills. It is an effective way of addressing the problem of carbon emissions. It encourages local wildlife to flourish.
Whether or not this means that it should be made a legal requirement is debateable. However, the advantages of green roofing certainly shouldn’t be ignored, and indeed, they should be made more publicly known.
Getting a Green Roof for Your Business
If you’re keen to discover more about green roofing, then get in touch with IPS Roofing today. We specialise in green roofing installation and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have. To get in touch, simply call 01969 625000.