ZinCo Group is an international pioneer in manufacturing Green Roof systems and designing green roofs worldwide. Amongst its most renowned projects is New York’s High Line Park. Green Studios' team has attended courses at ZinCo in Germany and has become certified roof garden specialist.
Benefits of Green Roofs
Improves the micro-climate
By cooling the surrounding air, green roofs make a valuable contribution to improve the micro-climate, especially in densely populated areas.
Increases water retention
Rainwater run-off is reduced and delayed, through advanced water retention materials and drainage systems. Drain channels are alleviated from flooding due to controlled water dispersal.
Reduces energy costs
Green roofs buffer temperature extremes by providing an insulating layer to highly exposed areas. Overall building performance is greatly enhanced.
Buffers temperature extremes
By providing a protective layer, waterproofing is protected from temperature extremes and thermal deterioration.
Binds dust and toxic particles
Green roofs filter out and reduce toxic gases by binding nitrates and other harmful substances within the substrate
Improves noise protection
Green roofs reduce reflective sound by up to 3dB and improve sound insulation of a building by up to 8dB.
Provides a natural biodiverse habitat
Roof gardens compensate for lost green space, while providing nesting sites for migratory birds and homes for beneficial insects.
Provides additional space
Green roofs offer additional space for numerous uses (social, recreational, parking…) without any additional land costs
1. Technical Support:
As distributing agents for ZinCO in the Middle East, Green Studios team provides technical support and installation processes for roof garden installations. Materials are specified by specialists from ZinCo in Germany as per a technical study complied by Green Studios engineers.
Roof garden systems can be installed by the Green Studios team of specialists or can be installed by a contractor under ZInCo/Green Studios supervision.
3. Delivery & Planting:
Materials are packaged and shipped from Germany, ZInCO headquarters in Germany to the desired destination. Plants and substrates are usually provided locally.
How much water does a roof garden consume per square meter?
This varies according to climate and types of plants but as a general guideline, between 1 to 13 lit/sqm/day
How often do I need to ask for a maintenance visit?
For indoor gardens, a visit is required every 1-2 months. Outdoor plants require a maintenance visit once a month during growing season. This includes trimming, cleaning leaves, and spraying plants with pesticides if needed. Filters and strainers are cleaned and fertilizer tank is also refilled. Please refer to the manual.
What happens to a roof garden if water or electricity is cut off?
In the event of electrical or water failure, a sound alarm on the smart board controller either sends an alert, there will be an SMS notification or an alarm to the building monitoring systems will encourage action. Our technical support team is available to assist the maintenance team on-site and ensure the issue is resolved.
Does a roof garden have any insects?
Naturally, insects exist in outdoor landscapes and are treated with preventative pesticides that are sprayed during frequent maintenance visits. Highly toxic pesticides are not used since it is not required for ornamental plants. However, outdoor areas that do have many flowering plants attract insects such as bees and pollinating insects.
Does a roof garden release any odors?
ZinCo roof gardens are equipped with layers that ensure proper drainage and ventilation to eliminate water stagnation, which eventually leads to odors.
Only in cases where sloping is not properly achieved and water remains stagnant, it is only natural for an odor to be released. Our team of engineers ensures this issue does not occur, thanks to critical site supervision.
What is required by the client?
Water supply and data connections from technical unit to desired roof garden location.
Electrical supply at the technical unit.
Drain point for drainage.
What is the depth required for a roof garden system?
It depends on whether it is an extensive or intensive roof garden system. Extensive systems range between 7 – 15cm of soil depth. Whereas intensive systems can range from 20 to 200 cm in depth according to plant varieties.
What about application on sloped areas?
ZinCo has produced a wide range of drainage elements that are ideal for all different sloped landscapes. The catalog explains all the various types of applications for roof garden materials.
What is the ideal roof for a roof garden?
They can be applied to any type of roof, with proper drainage system and a minimum slope of 2% from a typical flat roof, to saddle roof, butterfly roof, mono pitched roof, saw-tooth roof or Barrel roof.
What type of base is needed for a Roof Garden?
Roof gardens can be applied to any type of base, considering the maximum allowable load bearing, from reinforced concrete deck to wooden structure or profiled steel structure.