12 Jan '12, 11pm

Cheap and quick green roofs recommended to help flooding woes

Cheap and quick green roofs recommended to help flooding woes

Part of the rooftop garden at Orchard Central mall. A 12-man panel, tasked by the Government to look into solving Singapore's flooding woes in the long run, has recommended that building owners be required by law to build green roofs, which can help absorb rainwater and reduce the speed of water flow. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG By Jessica Cheam , Environment Correspondent Rooftop rain gardens are relatively inexpensive and can hold large amounts of water. And if the authorities accept a recommendation by an expert panel on floods to mandate that all buildings have these green roofs, they can be quick to install, too. The 12-man panel, tasked by the Government to look into solving Singapore's flooding woes in the long run, has recommended that building owners be required by law to build green roofs. These rooftop gardens, traditionally installed to beautify the skyline and red...

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