Green Roof Construction
At this time, these jobs are found more in urban areas rather than rural.
Green Roofs have become a very important component of sustainable urban development within the last 30 years. Growing environmental awareness and the
striking economical and ecological advantages are the driving forces for this great success.
Environmental benefits of green roofs in an urban setting include:
-reduces stormwater runoff that affects water for drinking and swimming, as well as habitat in local rivers and lakes, reduces energy consumption, reduces the
urban heat island effect by lowering the City's temperature and therefore reduces cooling costs, beautifies the City, creates more natural green spaces in urban
areas,provides more habitat area for wildlife including migratory birds
Planted roofs can absorb storm water, helping to relieve our backed up storm pipes and drains. Additionally, eco-roofs can help reduce greenhouse gases and
act as insulators for buildings, making them more energy efficient. They also last about three times as long as traditional roofs.
At present, Green Roofs, sky gardens and rooftop gardens can be found in nearly all big cities around the world, benefiting the urban environment and their
Check out some of these links:
GRHC Training and Accreditation Program
DC Greenworks Training: Green Roof and
Low Impact Landscaping Training
International Green Roofs Assoc.
Workers install sod onto the Ford factory's living
roof. Photo ©2003 Ford Motor Company and Wieck
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