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Green from the Ground Up: Paving the Way for Sustainable Roof Terrace Design

22 January 2024

Planted roof terraces have emerged as key components for meeting biodiversity targets and Urban Greening Factor requirements in 2024.

With the 2021 Environment Act mandating Biodiversity Net Gain, the pressure is on for developers to enhance the biodiversity value of their projects, requiring all developers to demonstrate how they will deliver a 10% improvement to the biodiversity value of any application site.

In this blog, we delve into the crucial considerations for creating eco-friendly roof terraces, and how Buzon Pedestals not only meet but exceed these standards. From sustainable manufacturing practices certified by Cradle to Cradle®, to a commitment to recycled materials and recyclability, Buzon's contributions to a sustainable circular economy are evident.


Considerations For Sustainable Roof Terraces


When specifying a roof terrace in the hope of improving your biodiversity value, the different components used in the creation of a roof terrace need to be considered.

  1. Sustainable Manufacturing:

Sustainability begins at the source, and for roof terrace construction, this involves a meticulous focus on manufacturing practices. The independent product certification awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute promotes sustainable manufacturing, ensuring that each step of the production process minimises environmental impact.

  1. Recycled and Recyclable Materials:

The essence of sustainability lies in minimising our ecological footprint. Roof terraces crafted from materials with a high percentage of recycled content and a commitment to recyclability contribute significantly to this cause. By utilising resources that have already undergone a life cycle, we not only reduce waste but also take a considerable step towards creating a more sustainable and circular construction industry.

  1. Location of Manufacture:

In the pursuit of sustainability, the geographical origin of materials plays a vital role. Opting for products manufactured in regions with stringent environmental regulations, such as Europe, ensures a commitment to minimising the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

  1. Long Product Lifespan and End-of-Lifespan Options:

A sustainable roof terrace is one that stands the test of time. The longevity of products contributes significantly to reducing the need for frequent replacements and, consequently, minimising waste. The consideration of end-of-lifespan options ensures that even when a product reaches the end of its life cycle, it can be disposed of or recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.


How Buzon Pedestals Address Sustainability


Taking these factors into consideration, Buzon Pedestals aim to address these elements of a sustainable product.

With that in mind, we are immensely proud to say that three of our popular polypropylene pedestal products ranges (the DPH, PB and BC), have undergone rigorous assessment by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and have achieved Cradle To Cradle Certified® at the Bronze Level.

Furthermore, using recycled and recyclable materials for their pedestals, Buzon minimises resource consumption and waste generation. With local delivery from within the UK, Buzon Pedestals also ensure that the journey from production to implementation is as eco-friendly as possible.

Ultimately, investing in Buzon Pedestals means investing in longevity. Backed by 30-year project warranties, these pedestals are built to withstand the test of time.


Why Specifying Buzon Products Is A Step Towards Sustainability


With a 30-year project warranty and recyclability, Buzon Pedestals embody a commitment to longevity and responsible end-of-lifespan options. Their compatibility with various roof types, including blue green roofs, expands possibilities for urban greening.

If you are looking for a quality provider of pedestals for your next development, look at the Buzon range and get in touch today!



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