|Prairie Grass Roof|
Walking Mountain Nature Center
Ford's green roof was one of the first large-scale commercial projects of its kind and has been benchmarked by an industry leaning towards greener practices.
Not only industrial facilities can benefit from living roofs overhead. Residential homes and even garden sheds have incorporated plants into construction design. The primary benefits of a green roof for the site owner are improved insulation against heating and cooling loss and rainwater run off absorption.
|Sedum Roof, Ann Arbor, Michigan|
Low maintenance sedum sports a shallow root system, tolerates drought, resists disease, adapts easily to environmental challenges, and requires no supplemental nourishment. Yet, any significant installation design should include an expert's opinion as the vegetation blanket's weight increases as the plants grow, multiply and absorb water.
There are thousands of varieties of the stonecrop species. The most suitable are short and compact as tall species can suffer breakage. If aesthetics are part of the equation, available sedum colors range in color from bright yellow, to green to burgundy red.
New York City offered tax abatements for developments sprouting living roofs.
One thing's for certain, sedum plants won't limit themselves to the roof. The spreadability factor which makes stonecrop so attractive for roofs doesn't end at the gutter.
Expect sedum to reseed at ground level.
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