Using Green Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 by

A green roof, or rooftop garden, is a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. Green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. On hot summer days, the surface temperature of a green roof can be cooler than the air temperature, […]

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Green Roof Benefits

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by

Green roofs offer many public, private, and design-based benefits. Public Benefits Aesthetic Improvement Urban greening has long been promoted as an easy and effective strategy for beautifying the built environment and increasing investment opportunity. Waste Diversion Green roofs can contribute to landfill diversion by: Prolonging the life of waterproofing membranes, reducing associated waste […]

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Native Roofs

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by

Native Roofs and green roofs are essentially a built-up areas on a roof surface covered in a growing medium and vegetation. Designs for green roofs can be simple as a layer of sedum and can be as complex as your imagination would like.  Native Roofs tend to have less complex design features and mimic the natural environment by using […]

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Green Roofs Take Root Around the World

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by

San Francisco became the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings be built with a green roof—an eco-friendly design technique that sows plants above a roofline. This latest action builds on a growing trend that has taken root around the world, and which boosters say offers significant benefits for the planet. The new […]

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14 Spectacular Green Roofs Around the World

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by

Photo: Michael Moran/OTTO for Andrew Berman Architect Green roofs are sprouting up more and more on buildings around the world, from private residences and schools to cultural institutions and businesses. Made with hardy varieties of succulents, grasses, wildflowers, and herbs atop several structural layers—including a waterproof membrane and levels for drainage, insulation, and filtering—these self-sustaining […]

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Living roofs top middle school buildings

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by

The new Korematsu Middle School at 1725 Donal Drive has a feature that aims to please the neighbors as well as the environmentally conscious city at large in the form of a pair of “living roofs” on two of its buildings. The roofs that crown the school’s gymnasium and multipurpose rooms consist of layers of […]

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Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by

The project is part of an initiative to create a new urban space for recreation, led by the chairman of the SkateCity association Morten Hansen. CEBRA and Glifberg+Lykke designed a 1,500-square-meter dome based on CEBRA’s igloo hall concept. Spanning over 40 meters, the roof covers a large […]

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by

The Barclays Center is going green. The Prospect Heights arena is set to get a massive vegetation roof that mega-developer Forest City Ratner says will beautify the view for future Atlantic Yards tenants and help quell neighbors’ concerns about the bass boom of concerts and sports events. “The roof […]

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The Empire State Building Gets A Huge Green Roof!

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 by

The Empire State Building, an architectural icon in New York City and beyond, just took a giant step forward in its quest to reduce energy consumption. The ‘World’s Most Famous Office Building’ now boasts four green roof systems, totally nearly 10,000 square feet. read more original article Earthtechling

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Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by

LA-based firm New Theme designed the Greenberg Green house around site  conditions, constraints, programmatic use and views. The home’s shape and  orientation were expressly designed to minimize exposure to the prevailing  winds, while also using them to encourage natural ventilation. While the site is  awkwardly shaped, the home makes the most of it and utilizes […]

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