The green roof close to completion of the project - already a perfect growing environment
A state-of-the art green roof made from extruded polystyrene (XPS) is providing warmth, protection and perfect natural environment for flora and fauna as part of a sustainable solution for a community care centre.
The £8million Meadow View Community Care Centre, which offers specialist care, respite and rehabilitation, is located in the Derwent valley close to the edge of the Peak District and therefore needed to reflect the natural surroundings.
The extruded polystyrene sheet, provided by Sundolitt, sits at the heart of the inverted ‘green roof’ solution, providing high insulation levels, strength and rigidity.
UK independent green roof installer, BBS Green Roofing Ltd, was briefed to provide and install the high-tech, yet natural, roofing solution for the centre.
“The use of XPS in a project like this means we can incorporate a strong sub structure whilst at the same time achieving high levels of thermal protection,” explained Scott Manhood, BBS Managing Director.
“It’s an ideal material for the job and, together with the other specialist materials, enables us to give a 20 year Insurance-backed guarantee that covers the green roof, insulation and all other parts of the roofing system”.
Sundolitt’s XPS is already a preferred solution in industrial floors such as cold stores and chilled warehouses where high insulation, high strength attributes are critical but is also becoming increasingly specified in inverted roof applications.
Sundolitt XPS Sales Manager Bryan Mawer, explained: “XPS gives high rigidity and impact strength as well as exceptional thermal performance. It will not deteriorate over time nor is it affected by high moisture levels. For all these reasons it is being used in commercial flooring and domestic foundations, as well as inverted and flat roofing applications, where heavy loads and potential moisture levels are encountered”
Sundolitt XPS is manufactured in a wide range of thicknesses and sheet sizes, the primary range having a thermal conductivity of 0.033 – 0.037 W/mK (EN 13164).