Sedum Roofs

In September we laid two Sedum roofs at one of our office sites.

We are proud to share our new Sedum roofs which the Environment and Property team have recently had laid on the roof of our Yorkshire Drive office. This is one of many initiatives to continue improve our environmental impact and become more sustainable.

In case you aren’t already aware, Sedum, also often know as stonecrop, is a member of a succulent plants family, and as such stores water in part of the plant. The metabolism of Sedum differs from other plants as at night carbon dioxide is absorbed and converted into malic acid. During the day, under sunlight, this malic acid decomposes and photosynthesis takes place.

The main benefits of having a Sedum roof include:

  • It will provide important microclimates for insects, bird life and other, even rare, species. Our bee hive is located close to the fountain on the same side of the building so the green roofs will provide a perfect food source for the bees.
  • It will significantly reduce the surface run off of rainfall.
  • It will also help improve the outside air quality due to the filtering mechanism of the plants and substrate, filtering pollutants, especially carbon dioxide.
  • It will significantly reduce the need for air conditioning and can provide a degree of insulation in winter. This will help to reduce our overall energy consumption.

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