Cities across the globe are facing major challenges with ever-increasing demands for energy, stormwater management and mounting levels of carbon pollution which lead to climate change. With more people moving out of rural areas and into [already] densely populated urban environments, space for parks, trees and gardens at ground level is rapidly diminishing.
An increasing number of governments are providing tax incentives to businesses go ‘green’, and many urban businesses and developers are now incorporating green rooftops in their projects. It’s good business economically and contributes to a better environment which means higher quality projects. Green roofs are a way of reaping the economic benefit of tax incentives that encourage a reduction in a business’s carbon footprint, lowers utility cost and provides natural habitats for beneficial birds and insects, whose natural habitats are disappearing into concrete jungles.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes up a green roof.
In its most basic form, a green roof is made up of a waterproofing membrane, growing medium and low-lying vegetation. A more complex green roof might include a root barrier, irrigation system and larger plants or trees.
Find out more about the different types of green roofs in our article Top 5 Benefits of Green Roof Design For Your Home
A green roof can save your business money!
In addition to the tax incentives previously mentioned, a green roof can save your business a lot of money on energy costs. The primary factor in the energy cost reduction is a decrease in the heat island effect associated with asphalt, concrete and metal surfaces – reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. It also provides a layer of natural insulation to buildings which lessens the demand for air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter.
Green roofs are good for the environment!
As we lose more of our urban green spaces we give way to destructive amounts of carbon pollution. Green roofs are able to absorb carbon dioxide out of the air, allowing urban dwellers to breathe fresher air while reducing overall carbon footprint.
What’s more, by absorbing rainwater and using it to feed the vegetation, green roofs have the potential of reducing stormwater runoff by 60%. The water that doesn’t get absorbed gets filtered through the green roof medium and flora, making it much cleaner when it goes into our storm drains, rivers, lakes and oceans.
Stay Ahead of the Curve – Be a Part of the Solution
Governments that have instituted tax incentive programs have been very successful at spurring construction of green roofs. Some governments have gone as far as implementing an ordinance requiring large buildings to have green roofs.
If you are a business owner looking for ways for your business to go ‘green’, or simply searching for an environmentally friendly way to cut costs, a green roof is definitely worth considering, and it will put you ahead of the curve.
If you are a building owner in a city that does not yet have incentives for green roof construction, consider encouraging your local government to create some. It’s good for the business economy, the environment and everyone living in cities across the globe.