The Benefits and Eco-Friendly Nature of Vegetative Roof Systems

Careful design of a vegetative roof will promote plant growth, provide protection from wind and offer good water retention

Careful design of a vegetative roof will promote plant growth, provide protection from wind and offer good water retention

As sustainable, eco-friendly products become more popular, so do sustainable building methods. “The virtues of vegetation,” an article in the August issue of NRCA‘s trade magazine Professional Roofing reports vegetative roof systems are gaining increased popularity in the U.S. after many successful years overseas.

“Vegetative roof systems are becoming more affordable and readily available in major cities,” says Eric Kirberg, author of the article and president of Kirberg Co. with offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, Mo. “Any low-slope roof of any size can become a green roof that’s good for the planet.”

NRCA defines a vegetative roof system as an area of plantings and/or landscaping installed above a waterproof substrate. The article details the ins and outs of this roof system and outlines the composition of new sustainable roofing projects.

Along with prolonged roof system life and improved environmental water quality, the article also includes information about controlling storm water runoff and erosion, conserving energy, improving the environment and decreasing costs from government incentives.

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