A green roof in Greenacres 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 Greenacres 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
Many individuals are increasingly aware of environmentally friendly solutions for their properties to help with social equity, operational efficiency, and conservation. For such properties, green roofs are among the popular eco-friendly roofing solutions utilized by many owners. Instead of having the usual non-porous roof surfaces, green roofs promote vegetative roofing solutions that make more environmental sense than the conventional choices.
Going Green Literally!
The concept of going green has been brought to a literal meaning with this type of roof. Green roofs are designed with grass or flowerbeds or any vegetative medium that provide countless benefits for people. In addition to being friendly to the environment, it also helps people to have a verdant design on their roofs that can make them feel relaxed in the process. Green colors particularly those coming from leaves have a relaxing effect for people. Furthermore, more grass and plants contribute in increased amount of oxygen in the air contributing to regulating carbon emissions.
Due to increasing popularity, new companies offering this service are also increasing in the market. Although this solution may look expensive to many consumers and business owners, the facts and past performance of these solutions are making the implementation more affordable than ever before. The uniqueness of each roof can really become an expression of the building owner. From geographical representations of flora and architecture to purposeful design, green roofs are becoming a powerful solution to our growing concerns with energy consumption, water conservation, and global climate change. The status quo can keep us mired in mediocrity. My belief in the greening of roofs should be construed as the end result of the past few years of my life devoted to assisting clients make efficient sustainable practices a core value. We can do this one roof at a time.