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Green roofs, which are vegetative layers on top of a roof, provide many benefits, including producing oxygen, cooling and insulating, energy savings, reducing storm water run off, protecting a building from the elements, as well as providing stress-reducing green spaces ‘in the sky’ for people to enjoy and use.
Green roofs can be as basic and simple as a few inches of ground-cover to a complete park-like setting with plants, trees and recreational space for people to use.
What Should a Business Know if Considering the Installation of a Green Roof?
How Much Does a Green Roof Cost?
Costs vary greatly for green roofs based on design and building elements, but a ballpark price for basic green-roof installation ranges from $10-$25 per square foot with maintenance costing $1.25 a square foot per year.
Green walls are becoming increasingly popular because they are a dramatic design feature and one that also has benefits like creating oxygen, dampening the noise in a space and making clients feel more relaxed. Green walls can be designed into indoor lobbies, outdoor courtyards and the sides of high rises. They are incredibly beautiful, but they also need to be designed in a way to allow for the right growing conditions.
Considering Installing a Green Wall? Here are a Few Additional Things to Consider.
Green roof photo courtesy of John Mini Distinctive Landscapes.