Green Roofing

Other than planting flowers, vegetables and minimalist shrubbery on your rooftop, what can the urban homeowner or stand-alone business building do to achieve a green roof?
The least complex method would be to choose roofing surfaces that are accredited by the Cool Roof Rating Council and Energy Star, a federal program that has saved Americans about $12 billion dollars on utility bills since 2005. Energy Star rates roofs, major appliances, home electronics, and lighting. Since Energy Star first began examining how to reduce bills and energy used in 1998, by assessing how to lower the amount of heat absorbed through a roof, it has discovered that one-sixth of all consumed energy is a result of air conditioning, amounting to roughly $40 billion a year.
The key feature to saving energy is reflectivity. If heat is deflected away from the building and not absorbed, energy costs immediately decrease. For the custom homeowner, finding out which materials can stimulate reflectivity is invaluable. J.E.Futch Custom Homes Inc. is adept at assisting in selecting the best materials and roof colors that promote a healthy environment. For instance, the lighter the tile, the more enduring and heat resistant. As an example, white tile reduces heat gain in your attic, and easily outshine shingle roofs for reflectivity. Using waterproof coatings from naural products or coating masonry with polymers that have zero permeability, will render them 100 percent waterproofed.
An Energy Star roof reduces the amount of heat absorbed by deflecting the rays away form a building. Think hot Florida days… temperatures holding steady in the mid-to high 90s. Then think about an Energy Star roof that can reduce that heat pounding on your roof by as much as 100 degrees. If your roof is less hot, the drain on your air conditioning will be less, possibly saving as much as 10-15 percent during peak daytime periods. Florida homes use R-Value insulation in an attic, but the smart homeowner uses as high an R-Value as possible, eliminating the occurrence of heat loss.
Of course, if you live in the inner city, or are simply looking to set an example of what a real green roof is about, you could plant vegetation and soil over a waterproofed membrane on top of your roofing materials. A root barrier, drainage, and irrigation systems must be considered within your design. Popular in Europe, roof gardens are becoming the trend for celebrities, environmentalists, and advance-thinkers in the United States.
The more cities pave over green areas, destroy trees and natural habitats, the more necessary to recreate that loss in our individual spaces. Green roofs are like sponges, absorbing water that would otherwise run off. Research shows that three-to-five inches of soil or other growing medium can absorb about 75% of rain (one-half inch or less) and they filter out pollution from the rain.
While having a genuine green roof might encourage your green thumb, filter out pollutants, and make you feel like you are saving the environment one day at a time, keep in mind that at this time, properly creating and maintaining that roof is currently more costly than using green roofing materials that your custom homebuilder can suggest.


do you know how much that roof is going to cost you when you need it replaced? :mrgreen:

easy just burn the fucker down,

just a little fyi mr futch
you dont use “soil” or “dirt” as it weighs an incredible amount of pounds when soaking use a combination of crushed volcanic rock and peat. having installed a large number of green roofs in chicago(a world leader in adopting green roof ordinances) i could perhaps show you about 30 different systems if you like.all energy star approved of course.