Green Roofs 101
Who said plants could only be on the ground? Social and economic trends continue to display an upward trend in city dwelling. More business = more buildings, more buildings = more pollutants and energy consumption. More buildings in close proximity spaces is driving the urban heat island effect up and clouding our fresh water bodies. Putting a green roof on a building helps to retain & detain storm water runoff, lower energy consumption and reduce our overall carbon footprint. Positive affects on our environment is only one reason to install a green roof; maximizing usable retail space, human physiological and psychological benefits and encouraging nature to reside in urban settings are a few more.
Read more about the Green Roof Initiative HERE.
Living walls add aesthetic creativity while bringing cost benefits to the owner and increase well-being for occupants. Interior or exterior green walls can aid in air-purification through natural plant processes and create a thermal air barrier which allows heating and cooling systems to work more efficiently. Similar to accessing sunlight in our workplace, having plants in sight can increase morale, reduce noise and create a more peaceful sanctuary resulting in higher productivity.
Storm Water Regulations
Policies to regulate rainfall runoff is imperative to preserving our cities health and improving system functions. Hefty taxes and utility costs can be combated by installing a green roof. Cities are working daily to implement incentive programs to mitigate the financial burden of installing green roofs, and requiring a minimum vegetated roof square footage.