Green roof buildings are increasing in popularity all over the western world and they can have many different benefits, including social, environmental and economical. With that in mind, in this short body-of-text, we are going to briefly discuss four specific key benefits of green roofs.
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Many studies have shown that green roofs have a very positive impact on reducing a building's energy usage, as they provide excellent insulation. The excellent insulation properties of green roofs means that during the summer months, the requirement for high-energy air conditioning units is reduced and during the winter months the need for high-energy heating appliances is reduced.
Traditional roof surfaces are very susceptible to damage from the elements. Indeed, ultra-violet rays from the sun and dramatic temperature changes between the seasons can wreak havoc on a roof made from conventional materials. This means that traditional rooftops need to be repaired or, in some cases, completely replaced, somewhat regularly. Green rooftops, on the other hand, are very durable and provide a building with an
excellent defence against the elements.
Those who live in urban areas know that access to outside space can often be very limited. Consequently, homeowners in large cities can often add a lot of value to their properties by adding an accessible, green roof area their properties. Such an area can provide residents with a private outside space to relax and perhaps indulge in a bit of gardening. Some people even use their green roofs to grow vegetables, enabling them to save money on
weekly grocery shopping.
While green roofs will never be a direct replacement for ground-based habitats, they can still provide a great space for wildlife to flourish in urbanized areas. Well-planned green roofs can attract and sustain all manner of wildlife and plant life, and thus help to enrich the urban landscape. While DIY green roofs are a feasible option, it is advisable to seek
professional guidance when planing a green roof conversion in order to ensure that the roof is suitable for the surrounding area's biodiversity and the property itself.
Outlined above are 4 key benefits to green roof buildings.
Of course, there are many more advantages to green roofs and it is not hard to see why they are dramatically increasing in popularity.
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