Ecological green roofing in Charleston
An increasingly popular and environmentally conscious option for both residential and commercial buildings, the vegetation that covers a green roof functions to lower energy costs, improves air quality, and naturally absorbs storm water thereby reducing the need for expensive drainage systems. Termed as Vegetated Roof Assemblies by the National Roofing Contractors Association, green roofs are comprised of many layers of components that function to retain water while at the same time promoting positive drainage. Some components are required in any green roof installation, while others are optional depending on how the green roof should perform. For more information regarding green roofs visit: www.greenroofs.com and www.greenroofs.org.
Green roofing: not just a trend
People have been using Earthen Roofs for centuries, and they have played a vital role in our ability to survive in harsh conditions. From the Highlands of Scotland to our very own Cockspur Island, green roofs not only have the ability to insulate our living spaces, but they also have the ability to clean water. The first green roof to be implemented in Savannah, GA is located on a massive structure known as Fort Pulaski. This Fort, designed by Robert E. Lee, uses a series of drainage pipes that run through the Earthen Roof to 10 individual cisterns located within the walls of the Fort. The pathway of the water through the “terrepleins” naturally cleaned the water so that the regimen stationed there could access drinking water at any time.
Today, green roofs can play an important role in providing solutions to the problems we find in our densely urbanized built environments. Not all design professionals are able to provide the necessary expertise required for designing and implementing a green roofing system. With the rise in new EPA storm water regulations being imposed on municipalities all over the SE region, green roofing is being utilized as one component of Best Management Practices for storm water management. These types of designs are best carried out by an Accredited Green Roof Professional who is knowledgeable in the many factors involved for successful and sustainable roof applications.
Atlantic Star Landscape Architecture/Living Roofs LLC Green Roof Designs
Considering using a Green Roof on your next project?? Call our Accredited Professionals to schedule a free consultation to determine if a green roof is right for your project. We are ready to assist you with your development challenges, and answer any questions you may have about green roofing!
Living Roof Benefits
- Aesthetic Improvement
- Waste Diversion
- Storm Water Management: Quality and Quantity
- Reduced Urban Heat Island Effect
- Improved Air Quality
- New Amenity Spaces
- Local Job Creation
- Energy Efficiency
- Increased Membrane Durability and Longevity
- Fire Retardation
- Blocking Electromagnetic Radiation
DESIGN SPECIFIC BENEFITS:
- Noise Reduction
- Increased Bio-diversity
- Improved Health and Well-being
- Urban Agriculture
- Educational Opportunities