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Their "UGLY" GREEN ROOF -- or is it?

                                                                             green roof in asheville                            You may have guessed by now that  besides being a REALTOR® here in Asheville, NC, . . .I'm also an old schoolteacher. So when I got this request to help out a neighborhood elementary school, (see graphic to the left) it set me off on a journey to find out more about living roofs or green roofs  and what I/we as REALTORS ®
and you might do to help out. . ..

First....a definition:

  1. According to Living Roof Systems, a  living roof building is above ground, "with increased opportunity for omni-directional natural daylighting, ventilation, views, and access. " 

Now on to 5 important points about the green or living roof system: 

  1. "It affords none of the, primarily psychological perceptions of earth shelter, as dark, stuffy, cold, damp, and entrapping... 
  2. ..."a living roof never needs to be replaced, and once established needs little or no maintenance
  3.  .... a living roof can be self-sustaining and maintaining indefinitely, i.e., regenerating. ...
  4. The care involved requires no more than a typical lawn or garden, and even this is optional.
  5. A living roof may even perform best if just left alone. ..." green roof in Europe

 

But, seriously,,,,,what do green roofs look like, anyway?
Are they UGLY?


Here's one photo of European green or living roof
I found at Wikipedia.
Looks OK to me...how about YOU?

But do we have to  travel all the to Europe to see examples of living roof in full splendor?  Isn't there something a little closer to home?

Right here in Asheville:  According to Asheville's  Mountain Xpress ....."gardening has reached new heights at The North Carolina Arboretum  --- about 40 feet off the ground, on top of the arboretum's recently completed Operations Center. The new horticultural venture (and exhibit) is a "green roof" ...

"It's one of the center's many features that meet the state's new "High Performance Building Guidelines."

In addition to simply improving the view, a green roof helps the environment by:

* reducing storm-water runoff (a major pollution problem in urban areas) by absorbing rainfall and allowing it to evaporate into the air or be absorbed by the plants on the roof;

* cooling air temperatures through biological processes such as transpiration, when plants release moisture into the air;

* extending roof life by reducing maximum surface temperatures; and

* providing thermal and noise insulation."

 

To find out about the Features and Benefits of Living Roofs for my clients (and for all of us) ...all I had to do was look closer to home! Maybe there are examples near you, too.   Now I want to see for myself! Shall I head on down there, as we often do on Mother's Day, to take a few personal photos?  I can post  them right here on the BLOG... Let me know.

 

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Comments

This is very interesting.  I think one would wonder what happens when you have to "replace" the roof!  Also, I wonder how that would work with all the snow we get in New Hampshire.  It certainly looks like a great option to look into.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago
It looks great to me. Much better than the typical ugly roof.
Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) over 10 years ago
What a wonderful idea. I hope that it gains traction. Every little bit we can do to maintain a balance between our lifestyle and good stewardship of the mother planet is progress.
Posted by John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) over 10 years ago
JaneAnne, this would be a true cost saving in roof repair or replacement. I will watch for this one in my area.
Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago

Joan~ 

I am wondering about moisture barriers and how that might affect longevity...but from what I have read, the living roof is sustainable...and cost effective in that way. I don't know about long snowy winters...let's look into that! GOOD POINT!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Cheri~

This may be a case of "ugly is as ugly does"...maybe we should be considering the living roof from the standpoint of what it could mean in terms of fresh herbs for neighborhood families...and/or fresh flowers for the dining room table (??)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

John~

I smiled when I read your comment..."...Every little bit we can do to maintain a balance between our lifestyle and good stewardship of the mother planet is progress...."

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Frank~ 

There ARE some roofs that I find very attractive...I like blue roofs...and I like GREEN roofs (of course)...I lke roofs made of sustainable materials...but the idea of a living roof really captures my imagination. Now you brought up a great question...back to the drawing board to look at costs and  effectivness. Have you checked how much a new roof costs?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

RESEARCH on roof costs...

On average, metal roofing costs tend to be about three times the cost of conventional asphalt roofs. The difference in cost is attributed to a much higher cost of metal roofing materials, and a highly technically involved installation process that requires specialized skills, and specific training for the metal roofing system being installed. The often tedious and time-consuming installation process requires longer hours, precision and patience. On average, metal roof takes about two to three times longer to install than a conventional roof.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

RESEARCH on GREEN/Living Roof costs...

How much does a green roof cost?

The cost of a green roof varies considerably depending on the type and factors such as the depth of growing medium, selected plants, size of installation, use of irrigation, and whether they are to be accessible on inaccessible - intensive, semi-extensive or extensive. Intensive green roofs typically require greater investment but confer the benefits of accessibility. An installed extensive green roof with root repellant/waterproof membranes may be installed for $10-$24 US per square foot.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago
I'm all for green roofs, please do not get me wrong. But... yes! sometimes they are just downright fugly! The photo that you included is great, and often times they do look great. Most often on large commercial buildings with big flat roofs - cities are ideal places and they can greatly reduce the albedo and the heat island effect. However, once we get into residential homes. I'm not sure that I am that supportive of it. Green is great, and where we need to be. But the reason it is doing so well now is that we are leaving behind the notions of green being ugly, cheap, dirty and part and parcel of a hippy mentality. Just my 2 cents. Thanks for the great post.
Posted by Alex Mordas, Green Building Consultant (EarthSTEPS) over 10 years ago
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Colleen Kulikowski, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

What's not to like about green roofs? From "hippies" to general acceptance, based upon any number of important and practical benefits. Just one more of many creative ideas to originate in the fringe, destined to migrate to popular acceptance.

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) over 10 years ago

HI JaneAnne - How wonderful that you are using your teaching skills as you learn about new products! I live only 10 minutes away from LiveRoof in Spring Lake Michigan. Early last summer John took me on a personal tour of their facililty. Unfortunately, my camera batteries died after the first picture I took. I vowed to come back and get more pictures...I suppose I need to follow up on that!

They have a tremendous system for creating colorful roofs in almost any color you would envision! Living roofs are truly beautiful and have so many benefits to the environment which you listed above:

In addition to simply improving the view, a green roof helps the environment by:

* reducing storm-water runoff (a major pollution problem in urban areas) by absorbing rainfall and allowing it to evaporate into the air or be absorbed by the plants on the roof;

* cooling air temperatures through biological processes such as transpiration, when plants release moisture into the air;

* extending roof life by reducing maximum surface temperatures; and

* providing thermal and noise insulation."

It is inspiring to see you using your knowledge and continuing to teach values that matter to our youth!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 10 years ago

I was pleased to see this posting.  The other day I was at my oldest daughter's school and I was looking at the rendering for the new school (yippe!) that they are building in our community.  As soon as I saw it, I thought that it would be a GREAT candidate for a rooftop garden.  I should ask around to see if there is interest in installing a rooftop garden.

Posted by Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors (eReal Estate Corp) over 10 years ago

Sure sounds like an interesting concept--Will it work better in certain climates rather than others?

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 10 years ago

Alex~ 

Good point! You commented that ..."we are leaving behind the notions of green being ugly, cheap, dirty and part and parcel of a hippy mentality..."

does this mean we are becoming more like FLOWER kids?? =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Colleen~ Love to discover eco-innovation with "grass roots" =) 

John~Your comment bears repeating

"What's not to like about green roofs? From "hippies" to general acceptance, based upon any number of important and practical benefits. Just one more of many creative ideas to originate in the fringe, destined to migrate to popular acceptance..."

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

for those of you interested...here is a graphic showing the components of a green roof 

 

 pretty interesting, eh?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Mary~

Good point...having elementary school kids and their parents involved in the creation and unfolding of a GREEN ROOF Project  on the very site where they attend school ...IS a boon!

Now how about having such projects in Adult Care Facilities?

Can you imagine the benefits?

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Tiffany~

I  love the idea of a rooftop garden ...there to be created in so many places...schools, restaurants, libraries, apartment buildings, and especailly in places where grandparents live out their last days...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Hi janeAnne,  I saw a picture of an amazing live roof in the Phillipines one time.  It literally has a walking path, picnic table and everything.  They are gorgeous! 

They work really well as long as they are designed right, and water does not penetrate anywhere.  :)  I'd love to see pics of the school when it is done.

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

Stephanie~

good point about design (and construction)...it wouldn't be too cool to look up one day and see roots reaching down toward your head from the ceiling...I'll put some photos up of the elementary school roof when it's in place...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Wow, who knew.  Thanks for sharing.  It is great info

Posted by Leslie Stewart, Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker (Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals) over 10 years ago

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