LOCAL MATTERS: Green Roofs and Colorado

by Dave Logan


Green roofs have been popular in Europe for a long time now. However, here in the states the idea of green rooftops is somewhat new but becoming more attractive for two primary reasons: environmental benefits and reduced energy costs. Homeowners, businesses, and even cities are taking a closer look at the benefits of green roof systems.

In short, green roofs last longer than conventional roofs, reduce energy costs, absorb water, and create and promote relaxing green environments for people and animals. For cities as a whole, green roofs improve the air quality and reduce urban heat.

There are essentially two kinds of green roofs: intensive and extensive. An intensive green roof is basically an elevated park with bushes, trees, shrubs, flowers, and walkways for people to access and enjoy the park-like environment. Extensive green roofs focus more on native growth for the ground cover and require very little maintenance. This roof’s purpose is strictly environmental with no accessibility.

Our great state of Colorado is actively participating, researching, and embracing the green roof technology movement. On Thursday, June 17, 2010 the Green Roofs for the West Symposium will gather at Denver Botanic Gardens to discuss green roof innovations and a future of more sustainable cities in the western United States.

If you’re interested in attending this event, check out Greenprint Denver for details and registration.

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