Roofing

Wales has a long history of using slate as a natural roofing material. North Wales historically supplied much of the slate, but these mines are now few and far between. There are a range of historical and contemporary materials that you can now use on roofs that provide sound environmental credentials.

These include:

  • Slate
  • Wooden shingles (normally cedar)
  • Recycled materials e.g. rubber tiles

If you are replacing your roof this would be the most economically sensible time to look at incorporating energy generation technology. Photo-voltiac and solar thermal panels can now be designed to actually form part of the roof structure as well as being available as a retro-fit option.

Loft based ventilation systems are another option to provide energy and fresh air that a building needs. Air is extracted from below the tiles or from under the eaves to provide warm or cool air, as required, and then circulated around the building using a system of ducts.

A roof can also be fitted with sky lights and sun-pipes that can bring light into the building, these save on energy bills and also provide a source of natural light rather than using artificial light that can be detrimental to health.

All Site Content ©2009 Sustainable Building Resource
All sustainable building encyclopedia content is released under the GNU FDL free document content license.
Built and supported by Cardiff Search Engine Optimisation, Web Design, and good cause fanatics. Clear Intent