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GREEN ROOF BASICS

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Green roofs can help filter out polluting toxins. The plants and soil act as a substrate that helps settle out and detoxify the pollution.

Succulent green plants can help create a meadow-like habitat for butterflies, insects, and songbirds. These same conditions are associated with a number of health benefits for people by decreasing tension and irritability and increasing a sense of health and well-being. A green roof can provide a welcome respite from the stress of a constructed environment. Even the colors of the plants have been proven to affect mood, with pastels and cool colors like blue, purple and green providing a calming mood, while colors such as red, orange and yellow evoke feelings of warmth and comfort.

A green roof can extend the life of your roof 200-300% by acting as a protective shield from the elements, such as UV radiation, thermal contraction, protection from drying winds, and mechanical damage, which in turn reduces the occurrence of cracks and leaks.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the green building rating system developed by the United States Green Buildings Council (USGBC). The LEED system’s intent is to provide a standard certification process that registers and quantifies buildings for design and construction methods that promote five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of building lifecycle.

Incorporating a green roof on your building is a great tool for maximizing your project’s LEED certification point acquisition. Teresa Nelson, co-owner of Roof Top Sedums, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and can help you create the best green roof towards obtaining your building’s LEED certification.

In addition to these numerous benefits, a green roof can increase a sense of pride and civic participation, while creating beautiful natural views.

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With today’s emphasis on energy conservation, sustainability, and reduced environmental impact, a green roof grown by Roof Top Sedums is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.