The roofing industry can play a crucial role in both mitigating and adapting to climate change, whether it is through cooling buildings to stop them overheating, providing a carbon sink through green roofs, or sustainable energy generation through solar roofs.
The sector can also reduce its environmental impact by using more sustainable materials, designing out and reducing waste and promoting biodiversity.
The Environmental Programme is here to supports NFRC Members to play a positive role in the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources. This could be in the form of grants for cutting edge research, showcasing best practice or technical support.
One recent output of the Environmental Programme was ‘Future (P)roof: 'Building resilience of roofing technologies in a changing climate', a report commissioned by the Charitable Trust and produced by the University of Southampton. This research covers the impact that climate change will have on the UK’s roofs and buildings, as well as how roof technologies can be used to adapt our built environment to a changing climate, and the report makes recommendations for action, for both government and the construction industry.