11 Jul '12, 10am

Green Roofs & Solar Panels: The Future of Renewable Energy?

Green Roofs & Solar Panels: The Future of Renewable Energy?

Adding a green roof to a building offers several benefits, including reducing harmful stormwater runoff, lessening the “heat island” effect, conserving energy and noise, containing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and extending roof life. Green roofs have been shown to increase people’s productivity and offer a new habitat for plants and animals. According to an EPA estimate, the “heat island” effect– when highly developed urban areas are significantly warmer than their less developed surroundings – is responsible for 5 – 10% of community-wide electricity demand . Building owners can save money through lower heating and air conditioning bills and decreased municipal sewer system fees via a green roof. A 2012 study revealed green roofs to be capable of cooling indoor air by 3.6° F in summer, reducing annual energy demand by 6%. Green roofs contain 50 – 80% of ann...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/07/11/green-roofs-solar-pan...

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