Roof Gardens Offer Retreat in the Heights

While intensive green roofs are built for their visual, environmental and regulatory purposes, roof gardens serve as a place of people’s gathering, visit and pleasure. Roof gardens are quite different from simple green roofs –they require deep soil to sustain various plants that include native species, trees and bushes. Since roof gardens are landscaped using typical landscape techniques they also host fountains, ponds, labyrinths and playgrounds. Eight rooftops featured here represent havens of green tranquil amidst city clamor. Advertisement

Green Roof Plants: Mostly Tough With a Hint of Color

For anyone considering a green roof, choosing the right plants is the essential decision. It’s typically believed that a green roofing environment carries a resemblance to a delectable garden. The reality is quite different – tough plants, that establish themselves fast and are long-lived, are a building block of a green roof. Another shared misconception is that native plants are best suited for green roofs thereby serving as a part of landscape restoration. While theoretically this may make ecological sense {Read More}

Beauty and Brains: The Fabulous Benefits of Green Roofs

It’s tough to beat the argument that even the basic green roofs are more pleasing to the eye than black-tar and asphalt roofs. Yet, the recent surge of interest in green roofs is due to environmental; not aesthetic reasons. The tradition of green roofs is strongest in Europe and most documented benefits of green roofs originate from European countries. Only recently, the data coming from the US, Canada, Asia, and Australia suggests that green roofs can be beneficial in other {Read More}

Green Roofs: Combining Aesthetics With Ecology

When Charlie Miller, a stormwater engineer built his first green roof in 1998, extensive green roofs were practically unknown in North America. Miller built a simple, low-maintenance 3000 square foot green roof on the roof of the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, that stands up to this day. Today, green roofs are not considered a novelty they used to be in 1998, but represent a growing trend in green urban design that can effectively be combined with solar panels and wind {Read More}

Stay Cool and Reduce Your Energy Bills This Summer

Household energy bills increase with higher daytime temperatures, but you can adopt effective ways to stay cool and reduce your energy bills. Here are energy saving techniques to beat the heat during summer and keep electricity bills acceptable. They range from simple ones that you will be able to apply straight away. Others will require upfront investment but have a significant long-term payoff. Protect Your Windows. Consider installing white window blinds that reflect heat away from the house. The house {Read More}