A green roof in Albany is known by several names such as ecoroof or living roof. They have been built on buildings for centuries. Many countries in the world have green roof subsidies or programs that encourage ecoroofs. Scandinavia has long had farm house buildings that have sod covered roofs. Some cities in the US are known for their living roofs such as Chicago’s City Hall building.
Basically a green roof is a roof that has vegetation and a growing medium. It will cost more than a standard asphalt shingle roofing application. Rooftop garden costs also depend on the type of green roof installed. There are several differences among green roofs in Albany and some applications that may or may not be defined as a green roof such as a container garden green roof.
What Is Green Roofing?
Before I became involved in the world of green building I had never even seen an eco-roof. The first time I saw one it struck me that from a purely aesthetic or architectural point of view they create a sense of integration, or synthesis between the structure and the surrounding landscape, but that isn't even the half of it...
I had the pleasure of interviewing Rosalind Haselbeck who along with Richard Alianelli form Building Green Futures, a San Diego company that specializes in living roof installation, here's what she had to say;
BIGC- So what do you see as the chief benefits of a living roof?
BGF- The answer to that depends on your idea of 'beneficial' I would say the greater benefit lies in the many environmental aspects, such as the regained space for plant life (pollution and CO2 reduction) as well as mitigation of the urban heat island phenomenon. However for the individual property owner his immediate and personal benefit lies in the exceptional insulation, and temperature reduction/stabilization effects, as well as improved storm water management due to the absorptive qualities of the growth medium and plant life. Did I mention they are beautiful?
BIGC- And maintenance?
BGF- That varies depending on type. Generally you would maintain your green roof twice a year, weeding, clearing drains, fertilizing- the same sorts of things you would do with your regular garden or landscaping...only on your roof.
So there you have it from the horses mouth. There are many factors involved in the world of green roofs. It all comes down to what is right for you and your budget. The good news is that there are now professionals out there like Rosalind and Richard who have made it their business to green the roofs of the world.
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How Green Roof Systems Save Your Business Money on Heating and Cooling
In recent times there has been a significant increase in the number of people who are opting for green roof systems for their homes. But even now there are many people who just have a vague idea about what exactly green roof systems are. The simplest way to describe them is that they are definitely a kind of garden situated on your rooftop.
These kinds of roof systems have a wide variety of offers that are important to not only the owners of the home but also to the environment in general. They are also popular because of the amazing, unique and distinctive look that they create. Earlier it was an object of significance only to certain people of society like environmental activists. People used to consider it as peculiar and very hardly interested, leave alone well informed. But now it's a rage all over the world because it has become the most popular choice as a solution for roofing needs round the world.
Another major problem, significant especially in urban areas, is the excessive heat building up. The concrete web of buildings and their density can raise the temperature of a city by as much as 10 degrees. Green roof systems contribute a lot in dissipation of this heat. The insulation and cooling effect of plants neutralizes this heat to a large extent.
Green roof system is also excellent applications when it comes to complete sound insulation. It is an added incentive to city people who have nowhere to go when they want to escape from the noise pollution of our day-to-day life. You can go to your green roof whenever you want and enjoy a sound free time of leisure.
Thus regardless of where you live, opting for a green roof system is worth it.