Homeowners are looking beyond their four walls for creative solutions to improve contemporary living

If reimagining conventional roof design is a growing trend worth watching, transforming these traditionally ‘sterile’ environments into colourful, restorative and biologically diverse green roof systems is an absolute game-changer.

Today, it is not uncommon to see green roofs being incorporated onto visible rooftops, outdoor studios, and sheds. And for good reason.

"Green roofs support biophilia by adding life, colour and movement to home and landscape design," says Shauna Beaudoin, LiveRoof manager and Green Roof Professional for NATS Nursery in Langley, B.C. "They connect individuals to local ecology, provide sensory variability and evolve with time."

Seat1Deep Cove Cliffhanger / Builder: Naikoon Contracting / Live Roof by Nats Nursery / Ema Peter PhotographyGreen roofs softly transition sightlines between landscaping and contemporary home design. Better yet, they positively impact the environment by improving air quality, filtering polluted water and boosting building envelope performance.

“Not only do green roofs offer aesthetic value and have a favourable impact on well-being, but they also have important climate action functions,” Beaudoin says. “They sequester carbon, cool the environment and support local pollinators.”

But not all green roofs are created equal. LiveRoof hybrid green roof system is revolutionary for the residential market because it negates several issues earlier green roof systems failed to address.

“Traditionally, a green roof system includes vegetation that is planted over a waterproofing system designed with a root barrier, drain board, filter cloth and lightweight growing medium,” Beaudoin says. “Until recent years, all layers were meticulously conveyed to the roof and installed on site, sometimes taking several years to establish.”

Roof1Deep Cove Cliffhanger / Builder: Naikoon Contracting / Live Roof by NATS NurseryLiveRoof modules are pre-grown at NATS Nursery and arrive with 95 percent plant coverage and established roots. Its soil elevation design and moisture portals unite soil across the entire green roof for sharing water, nutrients and beneficial organisms, supporting long-term plant health. Most importantly, it is fully customizable.

“NATS Nursery works with every client to develop a green roof that is unique to their project needs, site conditions and design objectives,” Beaudoin says. “Plant selections may be inspired by aesthetic preference, eco-regions, colour palettes and native plants that positively impact biodiversity.”

Since 2009, NATS Nursery and the LiveRoof grower’s network have collectively grown 10 million square feet of LiveRoof across North America. NATS Nursery has been involved in many of British Columbia’s most notable green roof projects, including the renowned Vancouver Convention Centre—the world’s first double Leed Platinum-certified convention centre. Ready to learn more? The team at NATS Nursery is experienced with green roof systems and passionate advocates for green roof best practices.

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