Why Rooftop Gardens Cool Cities

City rooftops are getting a makeover. Instead of concrete, many are now covered by grasses, flowers, and even small trees. Andy Creath, president of Green Roofs of Colorado, says green roofs are not just pretty. They benefit the climate too. Creath: “Green roofs actually cool cities.” By replacing heat-absorbing materials like concrete and tar, green roofs […]

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Denver Green Roof Initiative

Green roof legislation has long been implemented in Europe but interest has been growing within the United States. Many cities, such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and Portland, offer incentives and bonuses for developments that incorporate green roofs. On January 1st, 2017 San Francisco became the first U.S. city to mandate living roofs and solar energy collection on new construction. Now Denver […]

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7 Installation Issues from the Green Roof Contractor Perspective

1 – Contractor Communication Let’s face it, at times the general contrac­tor’s (GC) understanding of green roof components are minimal. Constant com­munication is necessary to ensure that the GC recognizes that all materials have been installed correctly and will perform accord­ingly. Lack of communication can result in delays and numerous site tours. 2 – Leak […]

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