Sending green roof uptake through the roof

26 March 2018

Building green roofs will soon become easier with the help of new research.

Green roofs are great news for property amenity and value, health and wellbeing, climate change mitigation and adaptation and biodiversity. Considering these huge benefits, how can we increase the construction of green roofs across Australia?

We’re excited to be working on a new project, ‘Researching the benefits of demonstration green roofs across Australia’, to investigate and develop solutions to cultural, community and horticultural barriers to green roof construction.

Funded by Hort Innovation, the project is delivered in partnership by The University of Melbourne, The University of NSW, the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

With expertise in green infrastructure, psychology and business, the interdisciplinary research team includes Nick WilliamsJohn RaynerClaire FarrellKath WilliamsRebecca MillerKate Lee and Katherine Johnson from The University of Melbourne, Leisa Sargent from The University of NSW and PhD, masters and honours students.

Together, we’re investigating:

  • the effectiveness of demonstration green roofs in overcoming barriers to uptake
  • proven plant palettes for different green roof build-ups
  • maintenance needs of different green roof build-ups for new implementation guidelines
  • which green roof plants are aesthetically attractive to a wide range of people
  • vegetation characteristics that increase emotional wellbeing.

For more information please contact Associate Professor Nick Williams from the Green Infrastructure Research Group at