610 - The Benefits of Green Roofs in Sustainable Developments
Mike Remington, President, INSPEC, INC.
Vegetated roofs, also called green roofs, can provide numerous environmental and economic benefits. These benefits include reducing the amount of stormwater runoff, improving the quality of stormwater runoff, improving energy conservation, increasing the life span of roofing membranes, improving aesthetics, providing biodiversity and habitat, and even reducing air and noise pollution! This presentation will provide an overview of the main types of vegetated roofs, how they can provide these benefits, and some potential drawbacks to be aware of. Attendees will learn the basics of vegetated roofs to be better prepared to respond to and discuss these issues if their organization is considering installing a “Green Roof.”
- Gain a basic understanding of the types of green roofs and differences in design for a better overall understanding of these systems.
- Use the information provided to determine whether this type of design would be beneficial to your facility.
- Gain general information on costs and the benefits and issues related to green roofs to aid in explanations to board members and for better promotion to the community at large.