Commissioned by the NFRC Charitable Trust under its Environmental Programme, the University of Southampton conducted research and produced the extensive Future (P)roof report in 2021, finding that the way the UK builds, maintains, and upgrades its roofs going forward will be critical to how we adapt to a wetter and warmer climate. Failure to change the way we use our roofs could cost lives, people’s livelihoods, and productivity, through overheating and flooding. The research highlights the potential of various roofing technologies to:
- Cool the temperature of a building as well as the surrounding environment
- Store and slow the rate of rainwater runoff before it even reaches the ground
- Generate renewable energy on site through solar PV.