Green Roofs and Walls

Here are some recent developments in the “green roof” industry. Out of all the solutions presented for environmental improvements in the urban area, I think green roofs are one of the best from a technical results perspective, right through to how they look. The first development here is actually a green wall rather than a roof, you can read the press release here, it has all the technical and company details.

Also recently in the news is the Toyota green roof product, even the Discovery Channel had a feature on it…

Summer may be coming to an end, but there may still be time for home renovations – starting with a little bit of grass on your roof
Researchers from Toyota Roof Garden in Japan are now taking orders for grass tiles, called the TM9 turf mats, to help reduce urban heat island effects and cool down metropolitan areas.

Has Toyota realised that people want to buy from a company that supports environmental objectives, or do they realise that the age of the petrol driven car is coming to an end? Either way, the diversification is a good thing.

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Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

2 replies on “Green Roofs and Walls”

  1. Kompan Unique Playgrounds of Denmark, one of the largest playground manufacturers in the world, does not nor has it ever used PVC in its playgrounds. This predates Playworld by several decades.

  2. I am a 57-year-old woman. At the outset, I must tell you that I represent Kompan Unique Playgrounds. At any rate, I got a chance to play in one of their FreeGame "mini-stadiums" last year. (Check it out at It was wonderful because the confined space (versus a full basketball court) allowed me to play several sports again. I loved it. It made me wish I had something like this to set up a seniors' badminton league in my hometown. I also think it would be a lot easier to stay in shape if I could participate in a sport again versus day after day at the gym.

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