Adding a green roof to any building is a sustainable investment that can increase its value and reduce monthly energy costs.
Green roofs, also known as vegetated roofs, eco roofs or living roofs, are systems for putting living plants on the roof of a building. Green Roofs are not just eye candy, they are a functional addition to a building with an intriguing aesthetic.
Lowering energy cost with a green roof
Besides giving a new look to what was once a plain roof, green roofs can increase the efficiency of a building by keeping spaces cooler. Acting as a natural form of insulation, the plants on a green roof create a natural cooling effect that lowers air conditioning costs.
Reduce storm water run off with a natural drainage system
As one component of a green infrastructure system, green roofs play an increasingly important role in reducing storm water runoff into combined sewers that often overflow into lakes and streams during large storm events. that often overflow into lakes and streams during large storm events. Green roofs can help buildings meet NYS stormwater capture criteria and should be a proven part of any mitigation plan.
Combining a green roof with solar panels
Using solar panels in tandem with a green roof may not seem like a natural fit, but did you know that having a green roof can actually increase the efficiency of your solar panels? Using solar panels in tandem with a green roof may seem like a natural fit, but did you know that having a green roof can actually increase the efficiency of your solar panels?
Green roofs play an important role in improving our natural environment. By creating green space on top of the footprint of a building we are replacing some of the natural space that was lost to development. This green space provides many environmental benefits including providing important habitat for pollinators, fungi and soil microbes, cleaning our air and water, keeping our cities cooler and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. These benefits extend beyond the individual owners and users of the building, creating a cleaner and more sustainable environmental for all of us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know my roof can support the weight of a green roof?
First, green roofs can be installed with a range of weights, going from 10 lbs a square ft to well over 20 lbs per sq ft. If in doubt have an engineer or architect assess the weight bearing capacity of your roof.
How do green roofs save energy?
Green roofs can help conserve energy and lower costs by cooling roofs in the summer and providing insulation in the winter, cutting electric and gas bills.
Do solar panels work on a green roofs?
Yes, because the plants keep the roof cooler, solar panels are able to create more electricity.