GREEN ROOFS FROM THE SCHUNDLER COMPANY

GREEN ROOFS FROM THE SCHUNDLER COMPANY

Roof of Heinz 57 Center

in Pittsburgh, PA

So-called "Green Roofs" are being built more and more thoughout the world, especially in Germany.

They are used on both commercial/industrial buildings and residential homes.

According to Dr. Edgar David, an Associate Professor of Landscape Architechture at Temple University/Ambler, "green roofs mimic the natural processes that the buildings replace. It is a new and exciting technology that has the ability to improve our air quality and water quality."

The roofs also save energy cost by providing much better insulation, and last much longer than traditional roofs that degrade and deteriorate due to exposure to ultraviolet sunlight and heat. Dr.David has suggested that typical green roofs can last "two or three times longer than traditional roof systems."

A office/school complex with a green roof

In some German cities, green roofs are being encouraged by tax incentives and regulation. And in some cities, like Stuttgardt, the use of green roofs is practially mandated in some construction.

According to Fritz Hammerle of Arti-Grun (located near Stuttgardt), green roofs have developed for a number of reasons:

  • Water Retention and Stormwater Issues
  • With many non-impervious surfaces or developed areas with 5% or less of impervious area, 90% of the water from a storm will run off within 9 minutes. With green roofs, only 30% of the water will run off within 2 hours. As a result of increased development in many areas along the Rhine River, for instance, Koln has had three 100-year floods within ten years!
  • Visual and Environmental Improvements
    • Roof gardens and green roofs have proven to be visually appealing and desirable—especially in urban areas where there is less and less open space available or visible.
    • With green roofs (in Germany pesticides and insecticides cannot be used on green roofs, and fertilizer is used sparingly,) the amount of pollution from stormwater run-off has been significantly reduced.
    • Energy Savings
      • Green roofs have proven to save heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. They also reduce the amount of stormwater that has to be processed in stormwater systems and municipal waste water operations.
      • As a result of these and many other concerns, Germany has seen a significant growth in green roofs. In 1994 only 11% of all flat roofs (roofs with a slope of 5% or less) were being built as "green roofs"—in 2001 the number has increased to 14%!

        To read more about green roofs, which use lightweight mixes using perlite and/or vermiculite for water retention, proper drainage, and lightweighting —there are a number of interesting sites.

        Picture Supplied by Roofscapes, Inc.

        For more information about the use of vermiculite and perlite in green roofs, here are some links:

        Greening New York One Roof at a Time by Elizabeth Ruksznis an article that appeared in New York Spirit

      • The Greening of Ameria" —published by the National Roofing Contractors Association
      • Green Building Starts at the Top —an excellent article by E. Daniels
      • Green Roofs.Com —with links to both commercial and non-commercial sites
      • The Filter, Drain, and Water Holding Components of Green Roof Design —a very good basic article on design issues related to green roofs
      • A Link To Roofscapes, Inc (Charles Miller)
      • Green Roofs For Healthy Cities
      • Green Roofs: Stormwater Management From the Top Down — an article that appeared in Environmental Design and Construction
      • Green Roof Plants Green Roof Plants is a nursery operation dedicated to the propagation and supply of plant materials for extensive green roof projects.
      • If you need any more information or think we can help in any way, please call us or contact us at:

        The Schundler Company

        150 Whitman Avenue,

        Edison, New Jersey 08817

        732-287-2244 or www.schundler.com

        Roof of Heinz 57 Center

        in Pittsburgh, PA

        So-called "Green Roofs" are being built more and more thoughout the world, especially in Germany.

        They are used on both commercial/industrial buildings and residential homes.

        According to Dr. Edgar David, an Associate Professor of Landscape Architechture at Temple University/Ambler, "green roofs mimic the natural processes that the buildings replace. It is a new and exciting technology that has the ability to improve our air quality and water quality."

        The roofs also save energy cost by providing much better insulation, and last much longer than traditional roofs that degrade and deteriorate due to exposure to ultraviolet sunlight and heat. Dr.David has suggested that typical green roofs can last "two or three times longer than traditional roof systems."

        A office/school complex with a green roof

        In some German cities, green roofs are being encouraged by tax incentives and regulation. And in some cities, like Stuttgardt, the use of green roofs is practially mandated in some construction.

        According to Fritz Hammerle of Arti-Grun (located near Stuttgardt), green roofs have developed for a number of reasons:

        • Water Retention and Stormwater Issues
          GREEN ROOFS FROM THE SCHUNDLER COMPANY
        • With many non-impervious surfaces or developed areas with 5% or less of impervious area, 90% of the water from a storm will run off within 9 minutes. With green roofs, only 30% of the water will run off within 2 hours. As a result of increased development in many areas along the Rhine River, for instance, Koln has had three 100-year floods within ten years!
      • Visual and Environmental Improvements
        • Roof gardens and green roofs have proven to be visually appealing and desirable—especially in urban areas where there is less and less open space available or visible.
        • With green roofs (in Germany pesticides and insecticides cannot be used on green roofs, and fertilizer is used sparingly,) the amount of pollution from stormwater run-off has been significantly reduced.
        • Energy Savings
          • Green roofs have proven to save heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. They also reduce the amount of stormwater that has to be processed in stormwater systems and municipal waste water operations.
          • As a result of these and many other concerns, Germany has seen a significant growth in green roofs. In 1994 only 11% of all flat roofs (roofs with a slope of 5% or less) were being built as "green roofs"—in 2001 the number has increased to 14%!

            To read more about green roofs, which use lightweight mixes using perlite and/or vermiculite for water retention, proper drainage, and lightweighting —there are a number of interesting sites.

            Picture Supplied by Roofscapes, Inc.

            For more information about the use of vermiculite and perlite in green roofs, here are some links:

            Greening New York One Roof at a Time by Elizabeth Ruksznis an article that appeared in New York Spirit

          • The Greening of Ameria" —published by the National Roofing Contractors Association
          • Green Building Starts at the Top —an excellent article by E. Daniels
          • Green Roofs.Com —with links to both commercial and non-commercial sites
          • The Filter, Drain, and Water Holding Components of Green Roof Design —a very good basic article on design issues related to green roofs
          • A Link To Roofscapes, Inc (Charles Miller)
          • Green Roofs For Healthy Cities
          • Green Roofs: Stormwater Management From the Top Down — an article that appeared in Environmental Design and Construction
          • Green Roof Plants Green Roof Plants is a nursery operation dedicated to the propagation and supply of plant materials for extensive green roof projects.
          • If you need any more information or think we can help in any way, please call us or contact us at:

            The Schundler Company

            150 Whitman Avenue,

            Edison, New Jersey 08817

            732-287-2244 or www.schundler.com


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