Living Roofs


Living Roofs can accommodate many different types of garden habitats. They are defined by being a roof space that is partially or completely covered in vegetation. There are two types of green roofs, intensive and extensive. Intensive green roofs are meant to be used and occupied by people, like gardens at any level; they are thicker and can support a wider variety of plantings and activities, but are heavier and require more maintenance. These are more common in urban areas because private outdoor space is limited, inspiring people to make the most of what they have. Extensive roofs are lighter; they are covered in a thin layer of vegetation that is only intended for viewing. Both types serve very different human functions but have similar environmental and economic benefits. All living roofs decrease storm water runoff, reduce impervious surface areas, increase building energy efficiency through insulation, provide habitat for beneficial species, increase oxygen and lower air temperature reducing urban heat island effect. There are many incentives for installing green roofs; in New York there is a redeemable tax credit for up to 100,000$ or one third of installation cost. So why not consider bringing your otherwise wasted space to life?