The DIY Green Roof Guide

Ever asked yourself the question – ‘I want to build a green roof…but it all seems so complicated.’ If so, then this DIY Green Roof Guide may be perfect for you, wherever you are in the world.

This online guide is designed to meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts, builders and landscaper contractors who want to build green roofs.

This website based guide builds on the material in our original dowloadable pdf – The DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs which we published in 2008. The information contained in the original guide has been updated with new elements with more sketches and now multi-media input such as videos and is accessible in the members section online.

An Online Guide to Constructing Your Own Small Scale Green Roof

The intention of the Small Scale DIY Green Roof Guide is take some of the mystery out of how to build a green roof. Many sites that sell green roof products can confuse people.

This is why the first edition of the green roof guide was published. The authors were both getting numerous emails from people wanting to do a green roof. However, it was evident that the main stumbling block was a lack of confidence and confusion on what layer went precisely where and why?

So this online guide has been created to:

  • Give confidence to prospective green roofers
  • Provide the principles behind why certain things are needed (or not) so choices can be made
  • Simple step by step instructions (down to what nails and screws to use)
  • Detailed construction illustrations

Why an Online DIY Green Roof Guide rather than another PDF/eBook?

An online resource allows us to present multimedia items including video, allows updates, amendments and extra material to be added as it becomes available. It will also make it easier for users to get help through the support form  [see below] as well as encouraging feedback by encouraging the supply of case studies and adding their green roof to the website’s location map.


Occasionally there maybe confusion over terms used or something is not completely clear. Any queries should be addressed via the Members’ Support Form and we will do our best to answer.

Although we are both only English speakers we have set up mechanisms to deal with questions in the other languages and we hope to shortly be able to launch versions of the guide in other languages.
small scale DIY green roof guide