Roof Substrate "interground-intensiv"

The substrate interground-intensiv is a light, ready-to-use intensive substrate consisting of pumice, lava and compost.

A large variety of plants is available for intensive greening. The intensive greening is therefore comparable to a common green area.

intensive plant substrate

Field of Application

  • any plant beds in gardening and landscaping
  • underground car parks with a low load capacity
  • planters

Product Description

  • components: pumice, lava and compost
  • structure-stable mineral / organic substrate, plant substrate
  • pressure-resistant, segregation-proof
  • optimum tread resistance
  • good structural stability
  • little subsidence
  • provides for hard-wearing green areas
  • good root development
  • good water permeability
  • good water storage capacity
  • better air supply 
  • prevents waterlogging
  • supplies the roots with sufficient nutrients and water
  • buffers the nutrients and promotes growth
  • pH-stable, low salt, long-term stable
  • weed-free
  • can be processed even in wet conditions and light frost

iNTERBiMS GmbH stands for careful sorting and preparation as well as for the production and supply of high-quality products with a quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 according to the certificate of TÜV SÜD.


Grain size 0-16 mm

Loose bulk density DIN EN 1097-3

approx. 950-1.000 kg/m³

Paving compaction

approx. 20-25 %

Weight when saturated

approx. 1.450-1.550 kg/m³

Max. water capacity

approx. 45-55 Vol.-%

PH value (CaCI2)

approx. 6,5-7,5

Salt content

approx. 0,1-0,5 g/l

Delivery Form

 ✓   Truck 

 ✓   Big Bag at 1.00 m³ / 1.50 m³

 ✓   Bag of 25 litres / 40 litres

About Intensive Substrates for Green Roofs

Intensive green roofs are often what most people imagine a green roof to be. They are comparable to typical gardens and green spaces. Therefore these green roofs correspond to a green oasis on the roof.

An intensive green roof differs from an extensive green roof in the construction heights of the intensive substrates used. In the case of low altitudes, i.e. up to 15 cm, one speaks of an extensive green roof. From a D substrate height of 15 cm upwards, this is referred to as intensive greening.


Flat roofs or roofs with only slight inclination are suitable for such green roofs. With flat roofs, one can generally differentiate between two different types of roof:

  • Warm roofs
  • Cold roofs

Cold roofs are ventilated. It means that after the roof is sealed, a separating layer and insulation, a rear-ventilation segment follows. It always represents a static weak point. Therefore cold roofs are not very suitable for intensive greening.

Warm roofs manage without rear ventilation, i.e. without an intermediate air layer, and therefore have no static disadvantages. Thus warm roofs generally have better conditions for such green roofs.


With an intensive green roof, the construction height of the intensive substrate is more than 25 cm. Thus, the roof must support the substrate and plants. Also, the roof substrate absorbs and stores the moisture from the rain. It means a further weight load. The additional burden usually has to be taken into account at the construction planning stage. Here, amounts of over 300 kg/m² must be taken into account. With extensive greening, on the other hand, the additional load of only over 50 kg/m² is significantly lower.


Depending on the structural conditions, a green roof offers a wide range of design options such as

  • Lawn areas with perennials,
  • Woody plants up to
  • Trees.

An intensive substrate thus shows many advantages, such as:

  • good microclimate,
  • optimal extended use,
  • improved sound and heat insulation,
  • optimal drainage effect,
  • Water buffer storage,
  • Reduced UV radiation and extended service life of the roof

It is associated with a somewhat higher effort for the care, as it is, however, equivalent to a typical garden. Depending on the structure of the green roof, individual plants can be considered for greening. Regular watering and supply of nutrients are also important. 


INTERBIMS offers here coordinated intensive substrate solutions, which can be adapted to the local conditions such as building-specific, plant-specific, but also climatic and weather-related factors. Thus, the respective location with sunny and shady areas or also climatic conditions and amounts of precipitation with the corresponding plant substrate are essential prerequisites for a permanently beautiful green roof with high utility value.