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 DIY Green Roof Guide will be perfect for you, wherever you are in the world.

The 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 original guide has been updated, containing new elements, more sketches and now multi-media input. These include videos on how ‘to do specific tasks’. We do published public videos too on our youtube channel accessible in the members section online.

An Online Guide to Constructing Your Own Small Scale Green Roof

Small Scale DIY Green Roof Guide aims to take some of the mystery out of how to build a green roof. In contrast many sites that sell green roof products can confuse people.

The first edition of the green roof guide was published because of this confusion. In the light of the number of email both authors were getting a guide was needed. However,  the main stumbling block was firstly was lack of confidence and, secondly confusion on what layer went precisely where and why?

So this online guide has been created to:

  • Provide members with the confidence in taking a project forward
  • The basic principles behind why certain things are needed (or not)
  • Simple detailed instructions (down to what nails and screws to use) – step by step
  • A range of detailed construction illustrations are provided

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

An online resource let’s us be more dynamic. We regularly update the material. We will add more multimedia items such as videos. When new methods are discovered we will add these to the site. It also allows us to provide regular blogs. Furthermore, being online,  makes it easier for users to get support. There is a support form  for all users. Secondly we that as the guide is online we can better feedback and case studies.


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

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