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Posted in green roof profesional, Green Roofs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by greenroofservice

Solar panels, also known as PV elements, feel as snug as a bug in the rug on extensive green roofs.

In summer the low growing and diverse blanket of green roof plants are like small air conditioners for the heat sensitive PV elements. At the same time these plants will retain more than 50% of the annual rainfall preventing it from running off into our already stressed sewer systems and waterways.

Compared to gravel roofs, reflective roofs, black tar roofs or metal roofs the cooling effect of modern green roof technology is much more advanced because the water stored in the plant and media system generates efficient cooling simply by evaporation. As a result the PV elements produce more reliable power during high summer temperatures.

Green roofs also reduce air born pollutants and dust drifts found on bare roofs. Less dirt on the photovoltaic panels equals better performance and less maintenance.

Picture: Optigrün AG

Green Roof Technology has developed advanced systems that allow easy and efficient installation of both systems without roof penetration or potential leaks of the roof. Furthermore our design and engineering solutions consider different growing conditions for the plants when combined with solar panels.  By addressing the needs of both solar and plant system in our design we maximum potential for evaporation.

Reduce the environmental foot print of your building and reduce your electric bill at the same time.  Having a combined solar and green roof is the best investment you can make for you and the environment.

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HONEY BEES FIND NEW HOME ON BALTIMORE GREEN ROOF

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by greenroofservice

BALTIMORE, MD. – Tucked into Baltimore’s eastern warehouse district something new is growing. Lead by Green Roof Service and ADI Architecture and Design Inc. the former icehouse of Resource Conservation Technology welcomed one of the regions first Honey Bee oriented green roofs.

Volunteers and honey bee enthusiast poured onto roof to be apart of the new habitat for honey bees. On lookers explored the garden as volunteers eagerly planted in the unique growing media.

“One of the greatest threats to honey bee populations today is the destruction of habitat due to urban sprawl,” says Diane Odell (ADI), bee keeper and the garden’s designer. To help remedy this, the honey bee green roof features 5,500 square feet of honey bee habitat complete with a small hive provided by State Beekeeper Oliver Snyder III.

Below the rooftop activities, Peter Normandt entertained visitors with information on bee keeping as they enjoyed a bountiful array of honey based snacks.

To make the rooftop garden possible, special engineering and the use of modern green roof technology was needed. “The end result is a light weight vegetated structure that slows and contains contaminated storm-water reducing runoff, reduces air-borne pollutants, protects the roof from damaging UV rays, and better insulates the roof reducing heating and cooling,” says Kat Harrold, accredited Green Roof Professional.

Another benefit the green roof structure provides which makes the bee garden possible is a cooler roof environment. “As water travels through the growing media, roots, and exits through the leaves it creates a cooling effect much like when one sweats. On a sunny day this can reduce the air temperature on the roof by about 10 F degrees,” says Jorg Breuning of 30 year green roof designer and owner of Green Roof Service.

The plants that compose the honey bee garden consisted of a wide variety of flowering plants ranging from bulbs to small trees. The specially selected vegetation provides continuous bloom from February till November.

“The installation was a great success,” commented Diane Odell. “I can’t wait for the spring when everything has been established and starts to bloom.”

For more information on green roofs please visit http://www.greenroofservice.com or contact Kat Harrold at (908) 752-2839 and kat@greenroofservice.com

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