A green roof in Griffin 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 Griffin 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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Green Roofs' Popularity
The roof is one of the most important features of your home so it's very important that you choose the right roofing material so that your roof will last you many years. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material. Asphalt shingles are very harmful to the environment because they absorb heat, hold on to that heat for a long time, and are rarely recycled (because it is difficult). Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are cheaper.
If your roof is getting old and needs to be replaced why not replace it with an environmentally friendly roof. There are numerous choices available in green roofing. Here are a few:
The Living Roof This is one of the most popular choices when it comes to green roofing. These roofs contain a layer of soil and plants grow on top of them. A living roof provides much better insulation than an asphalt shingle roof. A living roof helps it blend into its surroundings, and they're beautiful. The topsoil that was removed during construction can be used as part of the living roof. Green roofs contain plants which help to replace the plants that were destroyed when the home was constructed. Most living roofs are found in Germany. Green roof systems can either be intensive or extensive depending on the plant material and planned usage for the roof area. Intensive green roofs use a wide variety of plants that may include trees and shrubs. They are extremely heavy and require a lot of support. Extensive roofs usually contain herbs, grasses, and mosses. They are not as heavy as intensive roofs. Green roofs can lower your electric bill. They also keep rain water from running off into the ground. The plants on the living roof can help remove pollutants from the air.
If you choose to install solar roof tiles, you still will need to stay on the electric grid since even the sunniest climates have cloudy days, which limits how much power the tiles can generate. You should still be able to save a substantial amount on your electric bill.
This is an excellent time to purchase solar powered tiles. There are many excellent state and federal tax incentives (up to 80% of the cost). You can increase the value of your home and save on your electric bills by installing solar tiles.
The solar roof tile is made up of photovoltaic modules that are capable of being integrated into any standard roofing system. Solar roof tiles are connected by electrical sockets on their underside. This creates a single electrical unit, and therefore, an electric current. Basically, solar roof tiles use the sun's rays to absorb heat and generate electricity for your home or building.