Green roofs and walls

Green roofs and walls

Draft waterproofing guide

The City of Sydney is committed to supporting green roofs and walls in the local area. One of the barriers to the uptake of green roofs and walls is the perception that they may cause problems with waterproofing.

We have developed a draft guide to provide useful information to help people understand waterproofing for green roofs and walls.

Your comments or feedback about the guide are welcome. Please contact Lucy Sharman, Senior Project Officer for green roofs and walls before 26 November:

02 9265 9426

Green roofs and walls policy

We are committed to increasing the number of high quality green roofs and walls in the city. In April 2014, the City adopted the green roofs and walls policy – the first of its kind in Australia.

Green roofs and walls provide many environmental and community benefits. They are an integral part of any sustainable city.

The policy is accompanied with a 3-year implementation plan to ensure the policy is understood, properly adopted and integrated into our activities.

Advantages of a green roof or wall

Green roofs and walls provide many benefits to building owners and our city including:

  • improved air quality
  • beautifying buildings and the cityscape
  • supporting local biodiversity
  • supporting our physical and mental health
  • insulating buildings from heat and noise
  • creating new open space for recreation and food growing
  • extending roof life by protecting the waterproofing layer from weather and temperature changes
  • improving solar panel efficiency
  • cooling city temperatures and reducing the urban heat island effect
  • slowing and cleaning storm water runoff from buildings.

Help to install a green roof or wall

We have a number of resources to help you build your green roof or wall. If you are researching which type is right for you, try our inspiration guide.

Our resource manualcontains more detailed information.


Growing Green Guide

Green roof key

Green pin indicating accessible green roofs and walls = Accessible to the public
Green pin indicating green roofs and walls with no public access = No public access

Last updated: Friday, 31 October 2014