With the climate and water conditions deteriorating in Maryland, it is natural for homeowners to fall back on sustainable practices to improve their quality of life. So, if you are, too, eyeing green roofs, this brief guide will help you plan well.
What is a Green Roof?
Green roofs are an example of a “green technology” for sustainable architecture. They are built on top of existing roofs or as stand-alone structures and intended to do at least one of the following:
- Increase biodiversity
- Help purify the air
- Help insulate the building while reducing the amount of energy required for heating and cooling
- Filter pollutants from rainwater before it enters the water supply and improve water quality
- Alleviate urban heat island effect and CO2 level
- Provide buildings with insulation
- Decrease building energy use
Green roofs also help mitigate stormwater runoff and can be used for water retention and purification, carbon sequestration, fire safety restoration, aesthetic pleasure, and even recreation. It’s no wonder many business owners opt for a green roof when installing a new commercial roof.