Amid the global pandemic, it’s easy for us to put plans on the backburner while personal and business projects are being put on hold temporarily. The uncertainty is proving to be a testing period for many, including us at Belalang. Some say that in every crisis, there is an opportunity; and the temporary slow-down is a prime opportunity for us to reflect and improve.

We’d like to revisit December 2019, when team Belalang implemented an extensive green roof with the GaiaMat green roof system onto an existing metal deck for JARO. Working with Think City, the idea was to green up the roofs to provide cooler temperatures and create a conducive environment for the staff (especially when they look out the window to see lush greenery instead of cold hard metal). Working with the renovation engineer, it was important to check if the roof will be able to cater for the extra load. Fortunately for us, the fact that the system is so lightweight allowed for us to obtain the consultant’s approval to proceed with installation.

Before installation
View from inside the office before green roof installation

Within 2 days, we managed to install the necessary layers, as well as irrigation pump and driplines for the plants. Thanks to the cooperation from the building management, there were no hiccups in temporary storage of materials – creation of handicrafts carried on as usual while we were busy greening up their roofs.

FYI, JARO is an organization that provides training and a workplace for OKU’s around Johor Bahru area specializing in custom-made handicrafts and binding services. It is a rehabilitation center and workshop for the physically, intellectually and visually challenged. For more info, and to support this charity, do visit their website where you can find out more and purchase some local of their handicrafts. JARO website:

Progress during installation
Driplines are in place, connected to a timer and pump system

Below are some photos taken in February 2020, and in May 2020. Driplines are covered as the GaiaMat ecosystem is established.

Updated pictures taken during CMCO. May 2020
View from the office in May 2020.

The best thing about extensive green roofs and the GaiaMat system is that it is very low maintenace. No need for cutting/trimming and no need for fertilizers. As seen in the pictures above, team Belalang is ready to green up your roofs, be it concrete, metal deck or even GLASS roofs- just send us an enquiry via the “Enquire Now” link above or send us an email at for your own green roof proposal.

Stay safe and stay healthy everyone!

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