As the green rooftop ecosystem mimics the wild spots still left in Malta, it will cost you much less to water than a ground-level garden and certainly much less than a lawn. Approximately just 300 litre per square metre per year; for the first three years, as that’s how long it takes for the ecosystem to develop. After that, if you want you can turn off the water supply.
Both the green roof and green wall systems help to protect your building from the outside temperatures. In the summer the plants actively cool by pulling the heat out of the building through an action similar to perspiration. In the winter their water content acts as an effective insulator, keeping the warmth inside.
VIVACITY green roof system creates an ecosystem. It will immediately attract local butterflies, birds and provide fertile ground for wild plants to seed. In effect, your VIVACITY green roof is replacing the wild field your building is standing on and giving space to biodiversity to thrive. That’s not just to make you feel warm and fluffy. It is important to remember that without thriving biodiversity, our climate will continue to spiral out of control, our food will not be pollinated and the basis for our survival will disappear.
At 60kg per square metre when fully watered, it’s a feather weight compared to other available green roofs or plant pots. Our rule of thumb is: if you can safely walk on the roof, you can put our rooftop ecosystem on it, without costly reinforcements
It gets better. VIVACITY green infrastructure is low to no maintenance! So no further costs and if you are a gardener, or like to cook, you can prune or use the herbs in your cooking; to make herbal teas, tinctures, whatever you like!
Air pollution and dust is a big issue in Malta. Let’s face it, it is extremely difficult to get away from building sites, nowadays. The more plants you have, the less airborne dust there will be, as it is caught up on the leaves and in the substrate of the ecosystem
Substrate, water and plants muffle outside noises so that your indoor environment is calmer and quieter.
VIVACITY green infrastructure is an innovative building technique that dramatically increases the energy efficiency of buildings and their urban environment.
Read more about the energy efficiency attributes of the VIVACITY rooftop system here.
If you have ever tried to drive through Malta during a rainstorm – or just after one, you will know all about flooding. The VIVACITY green roof ecosystem and VIVACITY green wall, hold all the rain that falls onto them (you don’t have to water when it rains) and filters about half of it slowly to ground level, so it does not all arrive at street level at once.
As the ecosystem is fully organic and natural, (so it filters and cleans the water passing through it) it can be directed into your well or even down to the water table.
Another bonus- our green infrastructure system is modular! The VIVACITY green rooftop ecosystem and green wall come in pillows and panels, so you don’t have to do up all your green roof or all your green wall at once.
It also means that if you are renting, you can take it with you when you leave and if you live in an apartment building and use the roof to hang up your washing, you can put a couple of pillows or wall panels up there to grow your herbs - or put them on your balcony to keep the mosquitos away in the summer.
By installing a green roof or green wall, you will also be doing your bit to combat climate change. Just 1 square metre of green roof absorbs 180kg of CO2 in one year. It also absorbs many other airborne pollutants, so the air you breath inside your home is cleaner and richer in oxygen. How many m2 would you need to offset the fuel you burn in your car, to heat or cool your home, to cook your dinner? It’s not about changing the way you live but making sure that you don’t have to.
Last but not least, you get a beautiful green roof you can use as a garden. You can landscape your roof; cover part of your roof with the green roof ecosystem and part with decking or any other material you choose, so you get to have barbecues using your organic herbs growing at your feet.