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Green Roofing

Green Roofing

A green roof, also known as a living roof, is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems.

Green roofs have a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced stormwater runoff: Green roofs can absorb and filter rainwater, which can help to reduce stormwater runoff and flooding.
  • Improved air quality: Green roofs can help to improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and particulate matter from the air.
  • Reduced energy consumption: Green roofs can help to reduce energy consumption by providing insulation and shading.
  • Increased biodiversity: Green roofs can provide habitat for a variety of plants and animals.
  • Enhanced aesthetic appeal: Green roofs can add beauty and interest to a building.

There are two main types of green roofs:

  • Extensive green roofs: Extensive green roofs are typically shallow, with a depth of 2 to 6 inches. They are made with lightweight materials and require minimal maintenance.
  • Intensive green roofs: Intensive green roofs are deeper, with a depth of 6 inches or more. They can support a wider variety of plants, including trees and shrubs. They require more maintenance than extensive green roofs.

Green roofs are a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to improve the performance of buildings. They offer a number of benefits, including reduced stormwater runoff, improved air quality, reduced energy consumption, increased biodiversity, and enhanced aesthetic appeal.

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