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Green Roofs and Biodiversity

Promoting Green Roofs and Biodiversity

Dusty has been instrumental in promoting green roofs in the UK. This grew out of work with the London Biodiversity Partnership and his work on conserving the black redstart. This work culminated in the formation of Livingroofs.org, the UK’s first independent green roof organization. Livingroofs.org is the number one website on green roofs in the UK had has campaigned successfully for a distinct living roof policy in London.

Livingroofs.org has also been active in working with other cities in the UK such as Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham. Livingroofs has sponsorship from all the main green roofing companies in the UK.

Dusty has designed a number of seminal green roofs in the UK including:

Barclays HQ Canary Wharf,

Grays Inn Road, London

Komodo Dragon House, London Zoo

Recently he has been working closely with a nimber of architects on there personal projects including Justin Bere of Bere Associates . His property includes four distinct greenroofs and was recently seen on Countryfile.

He is currently working on another project at Crossway, Staplehurst with Richard Hawkes. This is Richard’s own home and the idea is to bring nature into the development. The project can be seen at http://www.eightassociates.co.uk/work/

Dusty as lead consultant with the Green Roof Consultancy has provided specifications and designs for over a 100 projects and training for CIRIA and a number of local authorities, project teams.

As well as running annual green roof tours to Switzerland with his colleague Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, he regularly speaks at conferences in the UK and throughout the world. These have recently included presentations in Chicago, Portland and Washington, Korea, Budapest and Basel.

He is co author of BUILDING GREENER recently published by CIRIA and the Living Roofs Technical Report commissioned by the GLA to support the new London Plan.

He is working closely with CIRIA/Livingroofs.org to deliver the Third World Green Roof Congress in London in September 2008.

Alongside co-author John Little of the Grass Roof Company, Dusty has recently written a DIY Guide to Green Roofs which is available to purchase online as an eBook.

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