As part of the general improvements at Lambeth’s Reuse and Recycling Centre in Vale Street we have installed a new office unit. The offices are housed within a refurbished portacabin supplied by Eco Modular Buildings. Reusing the unit means that its manufacturing impact and carbon footprint have been minimised and only FSC certified and locally sourced timber have been used in its construction.
The roof of the unit has been fitted with a green sedum roof, which will help to keep the unit cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter.
Green roofs have many additional benefits:
Biodiversity – They create a natural habitat, encouraging insects, birds and butterflies. This is particularly important in urban areas where much of this habitat has been lost.
Absorption of storm water – They absorb rainfall that would normally run off hard surfaces, reducing the risk of flooding.
Pollution reduction – Plants absorb noise, trap dust, recycle carbon dioxide, and absorb and break down many gaseous pollutants.
This is the first of a number of environmental initiatives at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, a further green roof and a mini wildlife haven are planned for the near future.