Going Green On The Rooftop!

A green roof provides many benefits.

Urban heat-island effect mitigation—Plants release oxygen and evaporate water through photosynthesis. That makes a green roof function like a natural evaporative cooling system that moderates temperatures, not only on the rooftop but at street level as well.

Improved air quality—As with all plants, green roof plants sequester carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen. Every 1,000 square feet of an extensive green roof can capture over 80 pounds of CO2 annually. Green roofs also naturally filter harmful particulates and air pollutants. Every 1,000 square feet of an extensive green roof can filter about 400 pounds of dust and smog particles per year.

Green building credits—Green roofs can contribute to U.S. Green Building Council LEED credits in potentially multiple categories.

 

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