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Green Roofs Can Reduce Energy Consumption of a Building

on April 21, 2019 at 2:18 pm under , ,
Photo: CBS News

Green roofs remove heat from the air through the process of evapotranspiration, and also act as insulators for buildings, reducing the energy needed to provide cooling and heating.

Installing green roofs can reduce the negative impact of development while providing numerous environmental, economic, and social benefits. They can improve stormwater management by reducing runoff and improving water quality, conserve energy, mitigate the urban heat island, increase longevity of roofing membranes, reduce noise and air pollution, sequester carbon, increase urban biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife, provide space for urban agriculture, provide a more aesthetically pleasing and healthy environment to work and live, and improve return on investment compared to traditional roofs. ~ Michigan State University

Watch this video by Chris Wark presented in the Virtual Summit 2011:

Look for our first Throwback Thursdays feature this Thursday, April 25 where we’ll highlight Chris Wark’s still relevant Green Roof Energy Series Intro: Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof from 2010.

Read more: The many ways "green buildings" save


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