Polypipe, a leading manufacturer of piping, water and climate management systems, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the annual international campaign by the Green Organisation to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice.
In the awards, Polypipe was recognised as a Green Champion for Environmental Best Practice. The award is for a group research project into ‘smart roofs’ and utilising the installation of a blue- green roof at group company Polypipe Terrain’s plant in Aylesford, Kent, to explore new, intelligent water management systems.
The award was presented on November 26th at a House of Commons event hosted by Green Organisation Managing Director Roger Wolens.
The Smart Roof 2.1 research project has been underway since 2017, and aims to determine the hydrological, thermal and biodiverse functioning of blue-green roof systems in the urban environment.
A prime goal is to harvest and store as much rainwater for capillary plant irrigation as possible and only use potable water in the case of extreme or prolonged droughts. The greening outcome is that the system has a higher urban cooling capacity, reduces rainwater discharge run off rates to sewers and enables a wider species selection due to improved water availability.