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.
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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
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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
allow for - to consider something
take on - undertake a task or responsibility, especially a difficult one.
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.
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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