A green roof is a vegetated roof system designed to retain and slow rainwater runoff on the tops of roofs. Green roofs are generally planted with drought and wind tolerant plants to minimize the amount of maintenance needed. They can also be used for passive cooling or insulating of a building, drastically reducing the amount of energy needed.
When considering whether to invest in a green roof it is important to contact a knowledgeable professional who can properly retrofit or develop a green roof for your specific project. See below for green roof professionals in your area.
Absorbs and stores rainfall and filters it.
Lessens the need for detention.
Helps cool the area and the building.
Can provide opportunities for outdoor living or recreational space as a rooftop garden.
“The Green Roof Directory,” Greenroofs.com, www.greenroofs.com
Green Roof Vendors
City of Chicago green roof, residential green roof: Emily Pilloton, Inhabitant
Green roof construction: Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
Evelyn Pease Tyner Nature Center, Glenview, IL: SMC