The group researches which plants will survive and thrive under Melbourne conditions and which ones do most for environmental control within the building. Green roofs can help to insulate the building and the plants can also potentially clean up rain water and help with storm water surges. They also have a biodiversity garden which has native plants to see if this provides better for the local animals. We discussed potential colaboration with them since Kris and I are interested in how native plants will respond to increasing heat waves. One aspect of this is how urban plants will cope with a hotter climate and how we can maintain plants in our cities and towns. At the Innovation Campus at UOW we have green roof space on the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.