Green roof

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green roof

[′grēn ¦rüf]
(mining engineering)
A mine roof which has not broken down or which shows no sign of taking weight.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Green roof

A roof system in which living plants are maintained in a growing medium using a membrane and drainage system. Green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff, moderate temperatures in and around the building by providing insulation and reducing the heat island effect, as well as provide a habitat for wildlife and recreational space for humans. When properly constructed, green roofs increase roof durability, because the roof assembly’s air and water barriers are buffered from temperature fluctuations and UV exposure. Green roofs are considered a sustainable building strategy in that they have the capacity to reduce stormwater runoff from a site, modulate temperatures in and around the building, have thermal insulating properties, can provide habitat for wildlife and open space for humans, and contain other benefits as well. Green roofs help to invest in the protection of the environment by diminishing developmental impact on communities while providing a fresh approach with visually appealing organic architecture, a potentially ideal union of aesthetics, economics, and ecology.
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With a living roof made of moss-like sedum, the cafe provides the ideal grazing ground for the herd of hungry goats.
Visit www.greenroofs.com and www.greenroofs.org for more information about living roofs as well as examples of projects and upcoming events, like the Atlanta Green Roof Market Development Symposium on Thursday, September 10 from 8:30am-5pm, hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Earth Pledge and Southface Energy Institute (www.southface.org).
In Long Island City, Queens, a nonprofit consortium called Earth Pledge is backing a living roof on a metal manufacturing plant in a noisy and drab neighborhood.
Weston Solutions sells the GreenGrid system, which is a modular living roof design that allows for rapid installation.
LIVING ROOF Architect Renzo Piano's undulating roof features 1.7 million plants (with 9 species of California natives, including beach strawberries and miniature lupine) and 7 dramatic hills that roll over the Academy's domed planetarium, rain forest, and aquarium exhibits.
Over the summer a living roof made of succulent sedum plants will be added to the building.
The college, which opened in October 2006, and its student-led environment committee (GreenCom), is at the forefront of green issues, with a recycling policy and a living roof.
Green elements include a living roof made from mosses and grasses designed as natural insulation.
The possibility of having a "living roof" of sedum is being explored, as is the use of solar panels to provide electricity.
The roof attracts attention as it is a living roof made of grass taken from the farm lands and placed on top of plastic.
Inspired by the sod-roofed homes of Iceland and the American prairie of old, the modern living roof is a garden green that grows right over an existing roof, covering the monotonous shingle-scape with lush, variegated foliage.
To provide additional earth-sheltering, some builders add a living roof (see "Living Roofs," Page 98), For those who are less concerned about merging their home with the site or for whom high water tables or water-impermeable soils, pose a problem, the bermed structure may fit the bill.