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Roofdrain 60mm Reservoir Board drainage for extensive green roof or podium deck / landscaping areas


Extensive Green Roof System

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For use in Green roof applications to prevent drying out or water logging of growing media during dry or wet periods. Used to store large volumes of rainfall and significantly reduce run-off. The 60mm Roofdrain provides a high compressive strength drainage solution for installation beneath podium decks and landscaping designs. The core is typically infilled with pea gravel to provide a rigid sub-base and the upper side of the core includes perforations to allow water to percolate through to the channels on the under side.


The product allows the storage of water within the cuspates of the HDPE core whilst facilitating the efficient drainage of any excess water away from the roof. This helps prevent the growing media from drying out during dry periods and from becoming waterlogged during wet periods. When used within a green roof construction it provides a versatile system for the collection of rain water at the base of the growing medium and for the prevention of water pressure on the structural waterproofing whilst allowing oxygen and nutrients to get to the roots of the plants.

Green Roof Intensive comprises:

- Growing media:

ABG peat free media derived from sustainable, 100% recycled, UK sourced materials. Using a specifically developed growing media can help provide the right growing environment for the selected vegetation and also reduce the load on the roof. The growing media can also be adjusted to support specific design requirements like calcareous applications

- Vegetation:

Specifically selected to suit the final finish requirements of the client/ end user. On extensive green roofs low maintenance varieties such as mosses, herbaceous plants, sedums wildflowers and grasses tend to be used.

- Geotextile fibre fabric:

Laid beneath substrate to prevent fines filtering through to voids below.

- ABG Roofdrain:

Consists of three components bonded together to create a single element. A filter textile which is bonded to the upper part of the reservoir board to provide a separation layer which filters particles and fines down to 100 microns (µm) whilst preventing the substrate from any ingression into the reservoir layer.

A drainage/ reservoir board which attenuates and retains the optimal amount of water for the success of the plants and biodiversity of the roof, The core is perforated to allow the excess water to drain through into the flow channels beneath, preventing pooling and over saturation of the plants. Finally, a protection fleece is bonded to the underside of the reservoir/ drainage board. It protects the waterproofing layer onto which the Roofdrain is placed.

Features and benefits:

  • Added protection for waterproofing layer.
  • Scores BREEAM points.
  • Reduces whole life costs of the building and its energy usages.
  • Part of SuDS solutions acting as the first stage in the treatment train.
  • Can create a usable space.
  • Creates a usable space.
  • Creates habitat to improve biodiversity.
  • Noise reducing.
  • Extracts pollutants and improves air quality.

General information




60 mm


Equal to the life of the green roof maintenance contract.


Ss_45_40_47_28 Extensive green roof systemsPrimary


Q37/130 Extensive green roof

Specification data - Extensive green roof systems

Moisture control


Drainage layer

ABG Roofdrain 60.

60 mm thick.

Reservoir capacity: 23 L/m².

Filter membrane

Filter textile bonded to the upper part of the reservoir board.

Moisture retention mat

Drainage/reservoir board.

Drainage ancillaries

Protection fleece bonded to the underside of the reservoir/drainage board.

Root barrier


Not required.

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