What is a Green Roof? also called an eco-roof or living roof; it is an extension of an existing roof that is covered with vegetation and soil or a growing medium. Plants are not planted directly in the ground but rather on top of the roof.
Why install a Green Roof? Green Roofs provide direct and indirect benefits to both the building owner and to the public at large. They are becoming increasingly important in the urban core for a variety of reasons. Essentially, there are 6 advantages for adopting a Green Roof system, as opposed to using the traditional black or white reflective membrane roofs. These advantages are
1. stormwater management;
2. reduced energy costs;
3. reduction of the urban heat island effect;
4. extension of the life of the roof;
5. sound insulation; and