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Baltimore Should Consider Green Roofs as the Next Eco-friendly Initiative

on November 14, 2018 at 8:17 am under , ,
Photo: Furbish Company

“A green roof is a way to put natural growing systems up on roofs, and it’s about taking advantage of benefits that nature provides and using that wonderful, unused space of rooftops. Green roofs, such as the one atop the ASLA building in Washington, D.C., have been common in Europe for decades, and the concept is growing here in the U.S…”Nancy Somerville, CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

ASLA Headquarters, Washington, DC

“The real driver to the industry is the stormwater, but green roofs can be very effective at reducing the heat island effect, if we had enough of them to make a difference. What they’re trying to do in Washington, D.C., is create enough economic incentive to make it attractive to do a green roof when not obligated by regulation. There is conversation about making that happen (in Baltimore City).” ~ Michael Furbish, President and Founder of Baltimore company Furbish.

Furbish is a living systems company that develops innovative technologies for the built environment. We design, supply, install and maintain green roofs and walls in the U.S. We perform R&D in-house at our Baltimore facility, including materials testing, plant propagation trials, water retention tests, and wind testing.

Read more: Are 'green roofs' the next eco-friendly initiative for Baltimore?


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