What can a green roof do for wellbeing?
Change your outlook.
Maybe you can't access a garden, but have you thought about what you look out onto?
Studies show that views of greenery restore cognitive abilities and decrease mental fatigue. By introducing living roofs on our buildings, we can change our outlook, by creating a view of nature from the inside.
Create a break-out space on your roof. Introducing plants, welcoming wildlife, seasonal changes and making it accessible for staff will create a friendly, morale boosting space to gather with colleagues, hold meetings and collaborate.
It's likely you'll have better ideas, surrounded by nature!
Take a break.
A green roof could be created as a space to re-charge, take a break from work and re-connect with nature: something that is so important but often forgotten in our busy lives. Introducing footpaths, seating, and a seasonal planting design will create a welcoming, peaceful space that will improve staff's well-being.
Did you know?
Financial losses due to absenteeism in an average company account for 4%. Employees with no view of nature take an average of 68 hours per year of sick leave more than those who have a view.
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Tips to design a green roof for wellbeing
- Include walkways, paths and consider accessibility for people in the living roof designs. Is it a welcoming space?
- Consider seating areas or benches to encourage use of the space in a social way, relaxation and collaboration.
- Get creative with your planting designs: incorporate colour, create different levels and contours and allow for seasonal variation.
- Bring in wildlife! Including sources of nectar, seed and fodder will encourage wildlife like bees, birds and butterflies which is pleasing to see and brings the space alive.