Biodiverse green roof with shrubs and perennials planted into extensive sedum blankets.

world green roof day logoAncient Roots, Modern Innovations

Ancient roots, along with modern industry research and innovation, have inspired people across the globe to transform unused roofs into functional spaces. As a result, green roofs, or gardens in the sky, now dot urban skylines in every corner of the world from Iceland to Australia and from Africa to America.

Rooftop garden with native grasses

Celebrating Thousands of Green Roofs

Millenia has passed since the marvelous Hanging Gardens of Babylon once existed.  Today, on World Green Roof Day, we celebrate the many thousands of green roofs covering our planet.

 

More than Aesthetically Pleasing

From simple sod roofs to high performing, lightweight detention systems, beautiful, living green roofs are bringing nature back to our urban core. They are pleasing, healing and helping build resilient cities.

 

Stormwater Management to Habitat Restoration

For instance, the main benefits of green roofs are stormwater management and protection from the elements, such as flash floods and extreme heat. Also, green roofs offer habitat restoration, food security and urban agriculture.

Aerial View of residential home with green roof and solar panels.

Photovoltaics and Green Roofs

Furthermore, modern lightweight green roofs may be combined with solar panels to transform almost any rooftop into an ideal tool for urban sustainability and climate change adaptation.

Start Your Design

Any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space.

 

Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to start your green roof transformation.

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Purple-Roof Consortium MemberThe image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool.  Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

 

 

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Video explains innovation in rooftop stormwater detention

Watch the video at link below to compare traditional green roof systems to the StormCap™+Detention that delays runoff and reduces peak runoff intensity.

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Ready to face second day and extra-large storms

The image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

StormCap™+Detention, powered by the Purple Roof Concept and enhanced by Knauf Urbanscape® ‘s needled mineral wool, offers quick recharge hence facilitates repeat performance.

StormCap™+Detention: Delays and Reduces Peak Runoff Intensity

The StormCap™+Detention pre-vegetated system is an innovation resulting from decades of international experience and exhaustive green roof research.  StormCap™+Detention delays runoff and reduces peak runoff intensity thus complies with stormwater detention requirements for design storms.

 

Start your design!

Email Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager or call 855-786-7626 Ext 6

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Stormwater Capture Co. LogoStormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package . We customize your system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.  We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.

Transform your roof into a Stormwater Management Tool! Visit us at booth #44

Find your stormwater solution at the Green Roof Sluiceway. Visit us at booth #44 at the New Jersey Chapter ALSA Annual Meeting 2020 on Feb. 9-11 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.

Sluiceway interactive exhibit will be presented at the New Jersey Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting.

Furthermore, on Monday Feb. 10 at 1 PM see the Stormwater Sluiceway: An Interactive Green Roof Demo.

Over the three days, Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager, will be at the NJASLA to answer your questions. For instance, he will measure water retention and detention, as well as heat transfer, and compare to a traditional black roof. It is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with innovative green roof technology.

Touch, feel and witness how a green roof plays a vital role in retaining and detaining rainfall, attenuating stormwater, mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing the environmental footprint.

Many Benefits of Green Roofs

For example, vegetated roofing systems reduce the environmental footprints the following ways:

Water The green roof helps detain and retain rainfall at its source and control runoff.

Energy saving Through shading, insulation and evaporative cooling the green roof helps reduce energy use.

Climate Green roof reduces flash floods and combined sewage overflow. It addition, it mitigates the urban heat island effect.

Ask us about the latest Innovation in Green Roofs: Detention Technology

Powered by the Purple-Roof Concept, StormCapTM +Detention is a green roof that works to manage stormwater even when it is wet.

It reduces the severity of flash floods by delaying roof runoff during the largest rain events, and it even works when it is totally wet! Rain is temporarily accumulated on the roof which reduces the need for underground cisterns, thus freeing-up valuable underground space that can instead be used for profitable purposes like retail or parking space. SC+D offers property owners a clear return on investment.

Close up view of city sewer during rainstorm.

Green infrastructure can mitigate stormwater pollution.

Stormwater is the main way pollution gets into the rivers and waterways

A good rainfall cleans the city streets. As a result, all the road salt, cigarette butts, animal feces, antifreeze and other garbage is swept up in the rain and into the storm sewers and our waterways.

Meanwhile, the Sluiceway illustrates how green roof system helps retain and detain rainfall onsite and subsequently mitigate stormwater pollution.

How Green Roofs Help

Volunteers can pour gallons of water onto two sloping platforms.  Platform One will mimic a typical roof and feature a waterproofing membrane and trash that would be found on road ways and end up in the sewers. Platform Two features the StormCapTM pre-vegetated system that collects rainfall and helps with stormwater management.  At the end of each platform a storage bin will collect the “rainfall” and trash.  The audience will witness the performance of the StormCapTM vegetated roofing system and learn why vegetative roofing technology plays a key role in stormwater management.

Image to the left depicts green roof benefits of protecting and cooling a building and capturing stormwater at the source.

Urbanscape’s Needled Mineral Blanket – Ideal for Vegetated Roofs

  • Supplements or, in some cases, replaces heavy growing media.
  • Water reservoir helps support plant health.
  • Provides more credits under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program (The material contributes to eight additional points under LEED v4. These include credits in the Sustainable Sites [Protect or Restore Habitat, Open Space, Rainwater Management, and Heat Island Reduction], Energy and Atmosphere [Optimize Energy Performance], Materials and Resources [Environmental Product Declarations], and Indoor Environmental Quality [Thermal Comfort and Acoustic Performance] categories.); and
  • Performs exceptionally and reliably as a rooftop stormwater management tool throughout the lifespan of the vegetated roof. For example, Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, Rentenversicherung headquarters in Berlin, and various projects throughout Baltic and Scandinavian countries.

Needled Mineral Hydro Blanket comes in a roll and has a density of 286 to 319 lb/35 cf.

hydro cubesLikewise, it is available as Hydro Cubes (0.8 x 0.8 in) and Hydro Flocks (0.1 to 0.8 in.) and is recommended for containers, patios, terraces and ground level landscaping applications.

 

Similarly, cubes and flocks are added to a traditional growing medium and contribute to better soil structure, water-holding capacity, and aeration. Subsequently, the retained rainwater inside the Hydro Cubes or Hydro Flocks is available for plant uptake and improves plant survivability.

Visit Us at Booth #44

Please visit us and Rodney Chaney at Stormwater Capture Co Booth #44.

Rodney Chaney

Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager, Stormwater Capture Co

Stormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package . We customize your system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.  We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.

Contact Rodney for more info or a free quote on your upcoming project.

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StormCap™+Detention Helps Mitigate Floods

StormCap™+Detention green roof system is engineered to optimize stormwater  management. It detention tool that mimics watersheds and aquifers to help mitigate urban flooding.

Lessens strain on sewers. 

Decreases combined sewer overflow (CSO).

Detention technology allows the green roof to face second day and extra large storms. It is not dependent on weather to provide a repeat performance and recharges in as little as a few hours.  StormCap™+Detention  stores water temporarily and limits the rate at which water flows from the roof drain.

 

 

Innovative Technology Mimics Nature

Friction in nature includes tall grasses in meadows, dense masses of reeds in wetlands, or layers of leaves on a forest floor. Friction-detention in

vegetated roofs is a technological innovation inspired by nature to achieve rooftop SWM in dense urban areas.

Contact us to help run stormwater calculations specific to your project.

 

 

Clear Return on Investment (ROI)

StormCap™+Detention provides a clear ROI by reducing or eliminating cisterns and bioretention facilities and freeing up valuable space for income-generating development. It even works on a sloped roof!

Stormwater management is unique to each project. Let us start the process and run project-specific calculations.  Contact us for more info.

Other Benefits

  • Provides better plant performance: StormCap™ retains almost double the water of traditional green roofs, and StormCap™+Detention retains about 10-20% more than that! This increases water availabilty for better plant performance.
  • Achieves sustainability goals: StormCap™+Detention is a great way for companies or buildings to show commitment to the environment.
  • Increases real estate values: Green roofs provide usable or visible amenity space that increases rents and real estate value. StormCap™+Detention further increases real estate value by freeing up land
  • Offers greater cooling benefits: All green roofs help cool the building, but StormCap™ and StormCap™+Detention improve cooling by providing more water for evaporative heat loss.
  • Extends roof lifespan: Green roofs buffer the roofing membrane from thermal flux. StormCap™ and StormCap™+Detention do an even better job of this for the same reason that cooling benefits are greater.

Superior Components, Powered by Urbanscape™

The engineered base layers include Urbanscape™’s needled mineral hydro blanket, made solely of virgin rock fibre by Knauf Insulation. This mineral wool has no binders and therefore has superior retention of 90% of water by volume and withstands freeze/thaw cycles.

Most of StormCap™+Detention’s base layers come in rolls that are easy to transport and install. It is a fully customizable system with biodiversity options.  And, can be cut in any shape or size to create logos or icons on the roof!

 

Construction Canada cover features image of green roof in urban core

  1. Read Technical Article

“Creating Friction in Green Roofs: Reinventing the Traditional Green Roof” 

by Sasha Aguilera and Brad Garner, Construction Canada, October 2019.

Contact us to help run stormwater calculations specific to your project.

 

Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated roof systems customized to local requirements, with warranty and maintenance support. Offer analytical support such as ​stormwater calculations specific to location ​and building/roof type.

Image depicts a lightweight green roof that captures rainfall and cools the roof compared to the grey roof to the right.

Transform your roof into a Stormwater Management Tool! Start at the Sluiceway 

Test out the Green Roof Sluiceway on April 12 at the PA-DE ASLA Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Cranberry Township.

At booth #23, Rodney Chaney will measure and compare water retention as well as heat transfer on vegetated roofs vs black roofs.. It is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with innovative green roof technology. Touch, feel and witness how a green roof plays a vital role in retaining and detaining rainfall, attenuating stormwater, mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing the environmental footprint.

Many Benefits

Vegetated roofing systems reduce the environmental footprint in many ways, simultaneously.

For instance:
• Water: The green roof helps detain and retain rainfall at its source and therefore control runoff.

• Energy saving: Through shading, insulation and evaporative cooling the green roof therefore helps reduce energy use.

• Climate: Green roof reduces flash floods and combined sewage overflow. It addition, it mitigates the urban heat island effect.

Close up view of city sewer during rainstorm.

Green infrastructure can mitigate stormwater pollution.

Stormwater is the main way pollution gets into the rivers and waterways

A good rainfall really cleans the city streets.  All the road salt, cigarette butts, animal feces, antifreeze, dust, automotive rubber and metal — all is swept up in the rain, into the storm sewers and therefore into our waterways.

The Sluiceway will illustrate this with an interactive demonstration of the how green roof systems help retain and detain rainfall.

The Sluiceway allows you to get up close and witness the benefits of vegetated roofs. Visit booth #604 at NERCA 2019.

How Green Roofs Help

Volunteers can pour gallons of water onto two sloping platforms.  Platform One will mimic a typical roof and feature a waterproofing membrane. Trash and that would be found on city walk and road ways and end up in the sewer system. Platform two features the StormCap pre-vegetated system that collects rainfall and helps with stormwater management.  At the end of each platform a storage bin will collect the “rainfall” and trash.  The audience will witness the performance of the StormCap vegetated roofing system and learn why vegetative roofing technology plays a key role in stormwater management.

Image to the left depicts green roof benefits of protecting and cooling a building and capturing stormwater at the source.

Urbanscape’s Needled Mineral Blanket – Ideal for Vegetated Roofs

  • It can can supplement or, in some cases, replace heavy growing media.
  • It can act as a water reservoir while supporting plant health.
  • It achieves more credits under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program (The material contributes to eight additional points under LEED v4. These include credits in the Sustainable Sites [Protect or Restore Habitat, Open Space, Rainwater Management, and Heat Island Reduction], Energy and Atmosphere [Optimize Energy Performance],
  • Materials and Resources [Environmental Product Declarations], and Indoor Environmental Quality [Thermal Comfort and Acoustic Performance] categories.); and
  • It performs exceptionally and reliably as a rooftop stormwater management tool throughout the lifespan of the vegetated roof (as seen on Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, Rentenversicherung headquarters in Berlin, and various projects throughout Baltic and Scandinavian countries).

Needled Mineral Hydro Blanket comes in a roll and has a density of 286 to 319 lb/35 cf. It is also available as Hydro Cubes (0.8 x 0.8 in) and Hydro Flocks (0.1 to 0.8 in.) and is recommended for containers, patios, terraces and ground level landscaping applications. Cubes and flocks are added to a traditional growing medium and contribute to better soil structure, water-holding capacity, and aeration. The retained rainwater inside the Hydro Cubes or Hydro Flocks is easily available for plant uptake and improves plant survivability.

Visit Us

Please visit us and Rodney Chaney at Stormwater Capture Co Booth #23.

Rodney Chaney

Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager, Stormwater Capture Co

Stormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package . We customize your system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.  We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.

Contact Rodney for more info or a free quote on your upcoming project.

“Does your city smell of poo from time to time?”

It’s no small feat to explain sewers and sewage overflow in a simple, entertaining and educational manner.  What is a Combined Sewer sheds light on one of the worst causes of water pollution facing our aging towns and cities and explains how detention-based green roofs help reduce stormwater flow and mitigate CSOs.

The blog answers:

  • What Is A Combined Sewer?

  • How does a Combined Sewer Work?

  • How do big storms cause Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs)

  • Is this a real problem or is it just a bit icky and harmless?” 

Green roofs in urban areasFinally, it’s not all grim and yucky as it provides solutions such as:

  • How green roofs help reduce stormwater flow rates

The blog concludes that detention is the most reliable way to “keep the poo away from your local beach”.

Your Green Roof Specialist / Design Consultant / Maintenance Support

Stormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package such as the StormCap system. We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.  We customize the system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.

Contact us for more info or a free quote on your upcoming project.

 

Image depicts a lightweight green roof that captures rainfall and cools the roof compared to the grey roof to the right.

Transform your roof. Start at the Sluiceway 

Test out the Green Roof Sluiceway yourself on March 18 & 19 at the NERCA 2019 Convention at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. At booth #604, Rodney Chaney will measure and compare water retention as well as heat transfer on vegetated roofs vs black roofs.. It is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with innovative green roof technology. Touch, feel and witness how it can play a vital role in retaining and detaining rainfall, attenuating stormwater, mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing the environmental footprint.

Many Benefits

Vegetated roofing systems reduce the environmental footprint in many ways, simultaneously.

For instance:
• Water: The green roof helps detain and retain rainfall at its source and therefore control runoff.

• Energy saving: Through shading, insulation and evaporative cooling the green roof therefore helps reduce energy use.

• Climate: Green roof reduces flash floods and combined sewage overflow. It addition, it mitigates the urban heat island effect.

Close up view of city sewer during rainstorm.

Green infrastructure can mitigate stormwater pollution.

Stormwater is the main way pollution gets into the rivers and waterways

A good rainfall really cleans the city streets.  All the road salt, cigarette butts, animal feces, antifreeze, dust, automotive rubber and metal — all is swept up in the rain, into the storm sewers and therefore into our waterways.

The Sluiceway will illustrate this with an interactive demonstration of the how green roof systems help retain and detain rainfall.

The Sluiceway allows you to get up close and witness the benefits of vegetated roofs. Visit booth #604 at NERCA 2019.

How Green Roofs Help

Volunteers can pour gallons of water onto two sloping platforms.  Platform One will mimic a typical roof and feature a waterproofing membrane. Trash and that would be found on city walk and road ways and end up in the sewer system. Platform two features the StormCap pre-vegetated system that collects rainfall and helps with stormwater management.  At the end of each platform a storage bin will collect the “rainfall” and trash.  The audience will witness the performance of the StormCap vegetated roofing system and learn why vegetative roofing technology plays a key role in stormwater management.

Image to the left depicts green roof benefits of protecting and cooling a building and capturing stormwater at the source.

Register and Visit Us

Register here for the NERCA 2019 Conference.  Please visit us and Rodney Chaney at Stormwater Capture Co Booth #604.

Rodney Chaney

Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager, Stormwater Capture Co

Stormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package . We customize your system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.  We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.

Contact Rodney for more info or a free quote on your upcoming project.

Two installers laying down vegetated mat on rock mineral underlayers on highrise flat rooftop.

Engineering Vegetated Roofing Systems to Optimize Stormwater Management

The StormCap™  green roof system  is complete vegetated roofing system. Quality pre-grown mats, engineered growing medium and high performing base layers help achieve long lasting results.Three dimensional image of layers that create the StormCap green roof system

Premium Components:  Enhanced by Urbanscape urbanscape-logo-by-knaufinsulation

Engineered base layers include Urbanscape’s Needled Mineral Hydro Blanket. VFormaldehyde-free, this innovative virgin rock product uses no chemical binders.  The Needled Mineral Hydro Blanket offers an environmental alternative to the other mineral wools on the market and has a superior performance of 90% of water retention by volume.  As a result, it is ideal for vegetated roofs acting as a water reservoir and supporting plant health. Hence, it can supplement or in some cases replace heavy growing media. For these reasons it is an exceptional rooftop stormwater management tool throughout the lifespan of the vegetated roof.

StormCap™ Key Features:

  • Pre-grown, instant “green” with 85% foliar coverage upon installation
  • Stormwater retention 2.6″ (1.6 gal/ft2)
  • Saturated weight 28 lb/ft2
  • Most of StormCap™’s base layers come in rolls for ease of transport and installation

Fully CustomizableImage of biopocket sedum and custom planting options.

The  StormCap™   is a fully customizable system with biodiversity options such as the BioPocket™. There are two BioPocketTM styles: a combination of sedums and perennials or color-blocked sedums-only.  The former requires a deeper depth of growing medium.

A detail rendering of the biopocket inserted in the StormCap vegetated system to create greater biodiversity.

Detail rendering of the BioPocket integrated into the StormCap vegetated system to add biodiversity and greater visual and topographic interest.

Contact us for an estimate or consultation on your roofing project.

Industry leading in performance and engineering

With deep roots in vegetated roofing, Stormwater Capture Co is committed to delivering breakthrough products and services that help with stormwater management solutions.

Stormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package.  We customize your system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.  We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.

Rodney Chaney

Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager, Stormwater Capture Co

Sluiceway Interactive Exhibit

Join Rodney Chaney for the hands-on Green Roof Sluiceway on Monday February 11, 2019.  It will take place 12:30-1PM in the Exhibit Hall at the New Jersey Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting at Harrah’s Waterfront, Atlantic City. Be sure to also stop by and visit us at Booth #73.

The workshop will explain the role innovative green roof technology plays in retaining and detaining rainfall and how green roof systems attenuate stormwater and reduce the environmental footprint.

Several Ways Green Roofs Reduce Environmental Footprint

Vegetated roofing systems reduce the environmental footprint in many ways, simultaneously.

For instance:
• Water: The green roof helps detain and retain rainfall at its source and therefore control runoff.

• Energy saving: Through shading, insulation and evaporative cooling the green roof therefore helps reduce energy use.

• Climate: Green roof reduces flash floods and combined sewage overflow. It addition, it mitigates the urban heat island effect.

Stormwater is the main way pollution gets into the rivers and waterways

A good rainfall really cleans the city streets.  All the road salt, cigarette butts, animal feces, antifreeze, dust, automotive rubber and metal — all is swept up in the rain, into the storm sewers and therefore into our waterways.

The Exibitor Lab workshop will illustrate this with an interactive demonstration of the how green roof systems help retain and detain rainfall. Following this, Rodney will present a 7-10 minute technical Power Point describing the green roof system’s benefits, with a focus on its capability to attenuate and retain stormwater and mitigate urban heat island.

Sluiceway interactive exhibit will be presented at the New Jersey Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting Exhibitor Lab Monday February 11, 2019.

How Green Roofs Help

The Workshop will ask two volunteers to pour gallons of water onto two sloping platforms.  Platform One will mimic a typical roof and feature a waterproofing membrane. Trash and that would be found on city walk and road ways and end up in the sewer system. Platform two features the StormCap pre-vegetated system that collects rainfall and helps with stormwater management.  At the end of each platform a 7-10 gallon storage bin will collect the “rainfall” and trash.  The audience will witness the performance of the StormCap vegetated roofing system and learn why vegetative roofing technology plays a key role in stormwater management.

Image depicts a lightweight green roof that captures rainfall and cools the roof compared to the grey roof to the right.

Image to the left depicts green roof benefits of protecting and cooling a building and capturing stormwater at the source.

Register and Visit Us

Register here for the 2019 NJASLA Annual Meeting.  Please visit us and Rodney Chaney at Stormwater Capture Co Booth #73.

Stormwater Capture Co offers a single source solution for a complete green roof system package . We customize your system to local requirements and provide warranty and support.  We are a one-stop-shop supplying vegetated mats, high performing base layers, pavers and accessories.

Green infrastructure offers climate resilience in urban environments.

Green Roofs Mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect

Acacia Smith explains the Albedo Effect. And, how your roof can help fight climate change.

The majority of the roofs in the world are dark-coloured and as a result have a low albedo and absorp excessive amounts of heat.

The majority of the roofs in the world are dark-coloured and as a result have a low albedo and absorp excessive amounts of heat. The ‘albedo’ of a surface is its ability to reflect solar waves; dark surfaces reflect very little whereas light surfaces such as ice have a high albedo and reflective ability. When sunlight hits a white surface, it bounces back and passes through the atmosphere. But once it is absorbed through a dark surface, sun is transformed into heat, which when reflected back during the night cannot pass back through the atmosphere and so remains in circulation.

Urban Heat Island Effect

The low albedo of cities is a problem felt in many urban areas and contributes to the ‘urban heat island effect’ causing deadly heat waves in cities.

The most recognisable outcome of the low albedo of cities is a problem felt in many urban areas throughout the world; the ‘urban heat island effect’ (UHIE). As naturally climate regulating vegetation is removed in favour of infrastructure, cities become pockets of higher temperatures. The difference between heat absorbing urban areas and their surrounding hinterland can be up to 5° degrees. The layers of smog that smother many cities today and the carry on health effects that are increasingly prevalent, are a result of UHIE.

 

Green Roofs Cool the Atmosphere & The Building

Image depicts a lightweight green roof that captures rainfall and cools the roof compared to the grey roof to the right.

One way to increase the albedo of a roof is to plant vegetation. Rooftop gardens, and green roof systems such as the StormCap, create a buffer preventing heat from entering the building. They have a positive impact on temperature both within the building and outside as well as improving air quality. Green roofs may be one of the only ways possible to reduce UHIE and to adjust the urban fabric of our cities to cope with increasing temperatures and fight against climate change . By regulating temperature variability, green roofs also reduce energy consumption. They provide added insulation in the colder months and prevent excessive heat absorption in the summer.

Vegetated roof reduces the heat flux through the roof.

Vegetated or green roof systems reduce the heat flux through the roof.

Green roofs are gaining popularity rapidly. Several cities are beginning to encourage green roofs through legislature and tax incentives. New York is offering tax rebates to people wishing to install green roofs. Tokyo has a new policy that requires 20% of new government buildings and 10% of private buildings to have green roofs.

 

“It just doesn’t make sense to leave thatspace unused when we could transform our energy future and reduce urban heat island effects with all the options.” Laurel J. Standley, Ph.D.  ~  Scientist, Author

 

Acacia Smith wrote the above for the Sustainable Business Toolkit which offers strategies, tactics and tools to help small business grow and propser.  To learn more about what they do click here.