British Embassy brings UK green roof expert to Budapest
In line with its priority of taking international action to mitigate climate change, the embassy brought British expert and president of EFB (European Federation of Green Roofs Association) Dusty Gedge to Budapest to talk about the environmental and economic advantages of innovative green technologies in urban environments at a conference entitled “Green roofs around the world 2013 – new prospects for urban development”. The conference, organised by EFB member Hungarian National Association for Green Roofing (ZÉOSZ), took place on 9 April, 2013 and was hosted at the Budapest University of Technology.
Green roof benefitsUrban environmental quality is heavily influenced by pollution, noise, the amount of dilapidated buildings, abandoned industrial sites, and reduced or missing green surfaces. This artificial environment is taking over urban lives and wipes out natural fauna and flora to a degree which significantly reduces residents’ comfort.
Installing green roofs and facades is known to provide a better quality of life for towns and cities. While these technologies return sealed surfaces back to nature, they also:
- embellish and protect roofs
- retain rainwater
- reduce the rate of flow of rainwater to drainage systems
- filter out dust and air pollutants
- bind pollutants
- provide noise insulation
- and provide natural thermal insulation
UK economic growth boosted by green industryIn December 2006, the British government promised that all new homes would be ‘zero carbon’ from 2016 and introduced the Code for Sustainable Homes, against which all new homes would be rated, on a range of various sustainability measures. This announcement had a boosting effect on the house building industry and supply chain. Since then an incredible amount of innovation has taken place and new homes are now being built to increasingly high environmental standards.
- the National Planning Policy simplifies planning approval processes and makes the government’s policies simpler and easier to follow
- generating new job opportunities for both the skilled and unskilled labour force, the “Green Deal” initiative enables private businesses to offer consumers the opportunity to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes and businesses without the upfront capital costs
Our workThe UK is committed to tackling climate change on an international level and the co-operation that the British government has developed in working together with the green sector can be a model for any other country – the most apparent example of this is last year’s Olympic and Paralympic games, the greenest games of all times.
The British Embassy in Budapest is working to showcase the UK’s know-how and to enable Britain’s most successful companies to bring their professional experiences to our Hungarian partners including political decision makers and professionals of the local green industry.
Find out more
- livingroofs.org is an independent organization that promotes green roofs and living roofs in the UK and is the UK member of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations.
- European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB)
- Hungarian National Association for Green Roofing (Zöldtető- és Zöldfal Építők Országos Szövetsége, ZÉOSZ)
- Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future and showcases practical solutions from every sector of society.
- The UK Green Building Council is a charity and membership organisation which facilitates dialogue between industry and Government to promote greener approaches in the construction sector.
- The UK considers the objective of improving the global economic environment as one of its main priorities for which aim it urges international cooperation.