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Riefa boards are a new type of green roof substrate.  They are a hi-tech fibre board made from organically grown and sustainable natural resources, including rye flour and tree bark. There are some other ingredients in there too, but forgive me if, for reasons of commercial confidence, I don’t expand on them here. But rest assured they are innovative and do what the designer intends. http://www.riefagreenroof.co.uk

Riefa boards are a new type of green roof substrate. They are a hi-tech fibre board made from organically grown and sustainable natural resources, including rye flour and tree bark. There are some other ingredients in there too, but forgive me if, for reasons of commercial confidence, I don’t expand on them here. But rest assured they are innovative and do what the designer intends. http://www.riefagreenroof.co.uk

A Sedum roof is not only aesthetically pleasing all year round, but also provides a habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. A sedum roof significantly reduces rainwater runoff whilst lowering energy consumption.

A Sedum roof is not only aesthetically pleasing all year round, but also provides a habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. A sedum roof significantly reduces rainwater runoff whilst lowering energy consumption.

green roof, living roof, succulents, sedums, grasses, herbs, living architecture, DIY, bio-architecture

green roof, living roof, succulents, sedums, grasses, herbs, living architecture, DIY, bio-architecture

-Sedum roof.  absorbs rainwater, lowers temperature, and doesn't need trimming!   You have to have a solid structure for this, though.  This photo is nice with the copper gutters and rain chains.

-Sedum roof. absorbs rainwater, lowers temperature, and doesn't need trimming! You have to have a solid structure for this, though. This photo is nice with the copper gutters and rain chains.

Drought tolerant, living roof. If my future home can't have a green roof, then I could absolutely have a shed or chicken coop with one! Photograph: Nicola Stocken Tomkins

Drought tolerant, living roof. If my future home can't have a green roof, then I could absolutely have a shed or chicken coop with one! Photograph: Nicola Stocken Tomkins