SONIA AND BART'S GREEN ROOF, 38 WESTBURY STREET, ST KILDA EAST
Sonia and Bart live in a 1950's apartment. After a day at work, filming on a green roof, Bart suggested that they must get one. The roof was one big unusable, unsociable and in truth unattractive, blank canvas. After a lot of research, the prospect of transforming it into a beautiful, usable space that benefited the environment and the residents, was too good to resist.
A Green Roof Committee consisting of engaged residents was formed and between them there was a broad skill set and a lot of enthusiasm. The Committee began searching for funding opportunities and found one offered by the State Government of Victoria calling for submissions from community groups to improve the water cycle.
The application was a huge task, they attended workshops, read papers and pieced together the application. The application was successful and this dream project had a sense of reality to it.
Not many Green Roofs are retrofitted onto an existing building, most are designed and built into new buildings. There is huge potential for older style apartments with flat rooftops to retrofit. As our population increases and the density of inner city living increases, we lose green spaces. There is nowhere for water to be absorbed into the land, no place for biodiversity or communal gathering. Green Roofs are a means to help rectify this problem.
Today the Green Roof is a beautiful, thriving garden, full of native plants and wildlife. It has also brought together a community of residents that otherwise had no obvious place to connect and socialise.
"We could not imagine a life without our Green Roof. There was a lot of work and research to make it happen but it was all worth it. We did it and you could too!" - Sonia and Bart.
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Besides being a great place to hang out, a green roof has many environmental benefits, they also;
• reduce storm water run-off
• increase the quality of water run-off
• reduce flash flooding
• reduce the heat generated from reflected surfaces
• provide insulation properties to reduce energy bills
• help to lower global CO2 omissions
• absorb sound which in turn lowers noise in the community
• trap the distribution of dust and other matter
• improve air quality
• increase plant life encouraging biodiversity.