Green roofs are being installed in Hoboken, NJ in response to new stormwater regulations put in place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. According the City of Hoboken, A new Municipal Stormwater Management Plan has been developed to address the key issues of flooding, water pollution and public safety related to the impacts of stormwater on the City. The addition of green roofs has provided many benefits for the citizens of Hoboken and the ecosystem. A big part of the plan is the use of green infrastructure, mainly pervious ‘soft’ surfaces including green roofs, rain gardens, grass paver parking lots, and infiltration trenches. All of these methods will decrease the volume and speed of stormwater run-off, and allow water to slowly seep in to the ground, recharge the water table and filter out harmful pollutants and toxins. Here is a recently completed project using the GROWVista modular green roof system.
The November 2016 issue of Charleston Magazine featured the modern designed home of web developer Rich Yessian. The home was built on top of a two story building on King Street in downtown Charleston and highlights many modern design features including a rooftop oasis with a green roof and solar array. Read the article here.
New green roof benefits are growing a top the Guerrieri Academic Commons at Salisbury University
Stormwater runoff has been a growing concern and problem in the State of Maryland. Steps are being taken to help reduce the adverse effects of contaminated stormwater runoff in the State. One solution is the addition of green roof benefits on existing and new buildings. The green roof on top the new Guerrieri Academic Commons building at Salisbury University is a perfect example of this solution in action.
In the summer of 2016, Green Roof Outfitters provided 20,000 square feet of GROWVista 2X-6 (6″ deep) modules, pre-vegetated with Sedum-Mix Blankets from Sempergreen. Each Sedum-Mix Blanket contains 9 to 15 different species of drought tolerant Sedum plants. These plants are low growing and require low maintenance. The GROWVista 2X system features perforated side walls that allows roots to grow between modules for this deeper system. It is estimated that this green roof will retain almost 40,000 gallons of water per rain event! Other added green roof benefits include creating energy savings, reducing air pollution and making the roof membrane last much longer.