|Extensive Roofs: growing medium (soil) is less than 6 inches.|
|Intensive Roofs: growing medium (soil) is greater than 6 inches.|
|Hybrid Roofs: includes elements of both.|
What is a Green Roof?
Very simply put, a green roof is a living extension of an existing or newly constructed roof. It incorporates a water proofing membrane and root barrier, a green roof system, a drainage system, and lightweight growing medium and plants. Each green roof is unique, reflecting its owner’s needs, the particulars of the roof, and the geographic location of the building.
Advantages Over Conventional Roofs
A green roof partially or completely covers a roof, providing a multitude of advantages over conventional roofs. In addition to greatly improving the aesthetics of the immediate area and providing increased green space and biodiversity, green roofs can also reward a building owner with long term financial benefits. Based on Gallup polls and current real estate statistics, green roofs add proven value to your building. They can also reduce energy costs and extend the life of the roof by more than 50%.
Benefits to the Environment
Green roofs are amazing in their ability to clean and cool the air, beautify urban space and keep storm water out of sewers and waterways. Living architecture cleans the air, consuming carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen in the process. Green roofs reduce the volume of storm water runoff by absorbing and retaining water that would otherwise flood the storm sewer system resulting in sewage spills and overflows. The City of New York, through their PLANYC 2030 program, demonstrates that municipalities are catching on to the public benefits of green roofs in a big way. Accordingly, they proposed a significant incentive program, off-setting the installation cost of a green roof by 35%. In recent years, legislation has been passed by the New York State Assembly, providing a tax abatement of $4.50 per square foot, for the installation of green roofs in New York City. If you are curious about this incentive, please contact Greensulate for more information.
Types of Green Roofs
There are three types of green roofs. Extensive, intensive and hybrid.
The choice between extensive or intensive depends on access, budget, maintenance, visibility, and load bearing capacity.