Planting on roofs is one of the most innovative and quickly developing fields in the worlds of both horticulture and the built environment. To those not familiar with the concept, it may seem surprising and unexpected at first, even outlandish and difficult to accept. Although green roofs are just catching on here in the United States and only few have been installed, they are much more common in Europe where they were originally developed.
Ecoroof is a term used in some places as a substitute for green roof. Some people use the name to describe vegetated extensive roofs as a way to distinguish them form other types of roof that may have an ecological function. A Green roof is many values:
- Amenity (recreational and food production space)
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Economical (increase root life, energy efficiency, and public relations)
- Environmental (biodiversity, water management, air pollution, urban heat island effect, and noise pollution)
Even though the number of green roofs is small in this country, they have been very successful. After all, even the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Ford River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan have green roofs. To learn more about Green Roofs, click here.
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