Revolutionary Eating Ventures’ Charleston restaurant, Taco Boy, is sporting a new green feature: an extensive green roof. The green roof joins a variety of other environmentally conscious elements including a living fence, porous paving, rainwater harvesting, and reclaimed materials and furniture. The building itself is even recycled as it was formerly a bread distribution warehouse. To meet the structural challenges of a green roof retrofit, a lightweight green roof system was installed to keep loads at a minimum.
Completed in October, 2009, plant material selected for the southeast region is a mixture of deciduous and evergreen drought tolerant species. The green roof is visible from the Highway 17 Bridge and will help to mitigate stormwater runoff and reduce energy costs in the summer.