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Green roofs and living walls – Green Infrastructure guide launched

The UK’s biggest online database of information on Green Infrastructure has been published, including case studies, guidance and funding for green space projects.

The UK’s biggest online database of information on Green Infrastructure has been published, including case studies, guidance and funding for green space projects.

Green Infrastructure is the broad term for managing environmental challenges such as climate change by ‘building with nature’ and increasing green spaces in urban areas.

The Green Infrastructure Partnership, part of the Town and Country Planning Association and a network of more than 2,000 people and organisations involved in Green Infrastructure, has now published a free online database of almost 600 easy-to-digest guides and information documents.

The Green Infrastructure Resource Library includes case studies, web pages, conferences and videos.

Green buildings

Among the guidance is information on several areas of increasing interest to businesses and building owners, such as ‘green roofs’ and ‘living walls’ to increase plant cover on buildings.

A recent survey of office-based companies revealed that the majority of employees feel that their employer is not taking steps to green their office space. 

Greener buildings have been found to improve both staff productivity and the bottom line

‘Growing interest’

Julia Thrift, manager of the Green Infrastructure Partnership, said: “Not only do greener towns and cities attract investment, they are also more resilient to the effects of climate change and are much healthier places to live.

“Interest in green infrastructure is growing rapidly and there has been an exponential increase in research published about its benefits. While this is very welcome, it is now very difficult to keep track of the data. We are publishing the Green Infrastructure Resource Library to help people find facts and figures that not only argue their case more clearly but also allow them to build better green infrastructure.”