What Are Green Roofs?
A green roof consists of vegetation and soil, or a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Additional layers, such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems may also be included.
Green roofs can be used in many applications, including industrial facilities, residences, offices, and other commercial property. In Europe, they are widely used for their stormwater management and energy savings potential, as well as their aesthetic benefits.
Green roofs are an attractive roofing option that can reduce urban heat islands by providing shade and through evapotranspiration, the release of water from plants to the surrounding air. They also:
- Reduce sewage system loads by assimilating large amounts of rainwater.
- Absorb air pollution, collect airborne particulates, and store carbon.
- Protect underlying roof material by eliminating exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation and extreme daily temperature fluctuations.
- Serve as living environments that provide habitats for birds and other small animals.
- Offer an attractive alternative to traditional roofs, addressing growing concerns about urban quality of life.
- Reduce noise transfer from the outdoors.
- Insulate a building from extreme temperatures, mainly by keeping the building interior cool in the summer.
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