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The rooftop is getting its rightful place under the sun with many building owners and developers increasingly adopting the green roof trend.

Green roofs are connecting people living in urban environments with nature and the great outdoors. According to Junglefy, with the technical advancements in living infrastructure, no rooftop is safe from going green.

Rooftops provide the perfect space for plants and ‘junglefication’ with green roofs seen as a workable solution for addressing issues related to high-density living in urban areas.

Cleaner air

Being natural air cleaners, plant have the incredible ability to filter particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, creating a cleaner, healthier and more breathable air for everyone. The Growing Green Guide, a recent publication developed by industry experts, stated that “as urban populations continue to grow… it is projected that the concentration of pollutants such as ozone and fine particulate matter will also rise”.

Reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect 

‘Urban heat islands’ are areas that are uncharacteristically warm due to the heat generated and retained by the surrounding infrastructure and industry. Caused by rapid population growth and urban development, the urban heat island effect can be mitigated with ‘greened’ rooftops filled with plants that can create advantageous microclimates to benefit the health and wellbeing of locals.

This article was first published in Architecture & Design. Read the full article here…