As we slog through the dog days of summer, I can't help but long for the shady cool of a grassy green roof. Enterprising city dwellers with limited square footage have long embraced the roof as an outdoor haven for grass or veggies, and even homes with plenty of space can reap some major benefits from growing a roof. Rooftop garden anyone? These roofs are green in more ways than color; they're environmental rock stars, too. They insulate to keep your space cool in summer and warm in winter, which cuts down on energy use (and cost). They absorb rainfall to prevent landscape erosion and water waste, and they provide a healthy habitat for insects and birds.
It kinda makes a plain roof seem like a wasted opportunity.
Tell me, have you thought about investing in a green roof?
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4. Patrick Bingham Hall for Guz Architects via Architectural Digest
5. Albert Vecerka/Esto via Architectural Digest
6. Photo of Des Moines Public Library/NRCS
7. Ben Rahn/A-Frame for Levitt Goodman Architects via Inhabitat
8. Alex McLean for his book Up on the Roof via Co.Design
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