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Paris Mandates Green Roofs - Is it Time for Other Countries to Follow Suit?

In episode 31 of Think Big Podcast, I discuss the new law in France to mandate green roofs on all new commercial buildings. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss green roofs and why they will become essential considerations in the future.

Think Big is a podcast is for you if English is your second, third or (fourth - impressive!) language, and you want to build more relevant vocabulary naturally by listening to interesting topics in architecture and feel more confident using the language at work or in your studies.

We don't JUST focus on the grammar, we get you excited again about improving your language and communication skills, and it's an excellent excuse for me to explore topics I'm passionate about with you.

In this episode, I discuss the following:

✨ A brief summary of the new law in France

✨ What green roofs are

✨ Some interesting project examples in Paris

This is just one of the many varied topics my clients and I discuss in our sessions to build relevant vocabulary and get them to speak and share their thoughts, ideas and opinions!

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Project Links

Villa M


Project 3

Paris Mandates Green Roofs

Growing Green Guide


Expressions and Phrases

to tackle something - make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task

follow suit - to conform to another's actions

on the right track - following a course that is likely to achieve what is required

to get one's act together - to get organised

set a precedent - to decide something that will be used as an example or rule to be followed in the future

Phrasal Verbs

allow for - to consider something

take on - undertake a task or responsibility, especially a difficult one.

Dependent prepositions

depend on - e.g. Exactly what green roofs contain really depends on their location,

Key Content Vocabulary

amenity - the pleasantness or attractiveness of a place.

groundbreaking -

intensive green roof - more than 150mm of growing medium

extensive green roof - less than 150mm of growing medium

waterproof membrane - waterproof layers such as rubber, plastic or painted

media/medium - soil

growing substrate - soil/growing medium

geofabric - Geotextiles are permeable fabrics that, when used in association with soil, have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect, or drain.

weight loading - the weight allowance per square metre

greywater system - redirect greywater (water used for washing) from going into the sewer system and into an irrigation system instead.

mitigate - make (something bad) less severe, serious, or painful.

sinuous - agile and graceful

state of the art - noun/adjective belonging or relating to the most recent stage of technological development; having or using the latest techniques or equipment.

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