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Living Roofs

LIVING ROOFS KEY BENEFITS

Planting on roofs is one of the most innovative and eco-effective ways to affect the built environment. Integrating living plants with the built environment has many advantages that benefit both the human occupant as well as the ecology that surround us.

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Here are some more benefits:

- Creates green space in urban areas.
- Plantings & soil layer can act as natural fire retardant, e.g., extensive planting schemes with succulents.
- Improve air quality – produces oxygen & sequesters carbon from the atmosphere – reduce carbon footprint.
- Contributes to LEED accreditation.
- Sound barrier to interior spaces – reducing sound transmission & reflection.
- Keep rooftop solar power arrays cooler – proving more efficient operating temp & performance output.
- Creates a wildlife habitat for important pollinators and migrating species.
- Pollution reduction – plants, soil & bacteria can absorb many airborne toxins.
- Extend the life of a roof; protected from UV radiation, ozone and mechanical damages (hail, wind, maintenance works) – waterproof membranes can last fifty years or more!
- Reduces landfill of traditional asphalt based roofing products (15 to 20 year replacement cycle).
- Insulate buildings by external shading – passive cooling - reduces the surface temperature of a roofing membrane significantly up to 40oF degrees.
- Urban agriculture and community food security – if roof is used for food production.
- Improving the aesthetic built environment and real estate property values.

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