In September 2021, we were lucky enough to take part in a Green Roof Hackathon hosted at Saxon Court, in collaboration with Protospace and the South Central Institute of Technology. What’s a Hackathon I hear you say.
A hackathon is an event where people engage in rapid and collaborative engineering over a relatively short period of time. This can often happen remotely but in this case, it was in person.
We were joined over the weekend by over 40 volunteers offering their knowledge and time to contribute to an exciting collaborative project. The brief was to measure, compare, and present the effectiveness of green roofs in supporting the environment.
The Hackathon team used the Live Lab on Saxon Court's green roof and the expertise of the Green Roof Project to create live experiments, capturing data from rainfall retention to thermodynamic movement.
The UK green roof industry has previously lacked data that captures these important data sets. Through the data captured, we can show people the difference that having a green roof can make and use the initial findings as a springboard to broaden our research.