A green roof is a roof of a building hat is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Also known as “living roofs”, green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect.
As our current culture begins to find itself focusing harder on the impact of our daily lives on the planet, and we start searching for ways to combat the heavy footprint we are leaving, the idea of updating our structures with green roofs is exciting and intriguing. Such a large scale project may seem quite intimidating however, but The Daily Green (one of our favorite blogs for trustworthy information about living green) has a great slideshow and some solid facts about the importance of a living roof. Points like a green roof provides a built in temperature moderator for a building, creates wildlife habitats, and increases spaces for edible gardens makes the idea very exciting indeed. Check out the whole slideshow on The Daily Green here.