"Green" roofs are one of the most exciting developments in sustainable building design. Sometimes called vegetated roofs, eco roofs, or living roofs, green roofs offer a number of sustainable advantages on an otherwise empty, unused space. Depending on load capabilities and other application-driven requirements, green roofs can be planted with herbs, grasses, flowers, even trees, in an exciting variety of colors, textures, scents and heights. Patios and walkways can become a useable part of the roof environment. Today it's clear: vegetated roofs offer many social, environmental and economic benefits.
Key Environmental Benefits:
• Reduce storm water run-off which, in turn, reduces the stress on urban sewer systems and decreases run-off related pollution of natural waterways.
• Insulating qualities mean reduced energy costs for building owners.
• Air quality improvement - lower rooftop temperatures mean less smog from the "urban heat island effect".
• Noise pollution reduction - studies show noise levels in a building can be reduced by as much as 40 decibels.
• Extended life of the roof system due to moderated temperature swings that cause a roof system to expand and contract as well as protection from everyday wear and tear.
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