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Friday, July 1, 2011

Green Roof Video Friday - The Solaire

I hope you enjoy this video about the Solaire, an apartment building in New York City with two green roofs.  The building also has on-site water treatment as well as a 33 KW solar system.  It is LEED Gold (the first multi-family high rise to do so)!

One of the most important elements of the green roofs on the Solaire is that they reduce storm water runoff.  In New York City, property owners are assessed a tax based on the volume of storm water runoff.  Fortunately, there is a tax reduction if the building has a green roof.

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The green roofs also reduce the heating and cooling costs by insulating the roof for both the heat of the sun, as well cold winds.  The green roof also reduce the heat island effect, which is when buildings in large cities absorb the heat of the sun and release the heat through convection.  This convection can raise the city's temperature over 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

6 comments:

Barrhaven Roofing said...

Very nice, all the new high rise buildings should be built this way including all the government building since they consume and waist the most energy.

Roof Cleaning said...

Leave it to New York to have the first green multi-family high rise ever! I love it. The coolest part is that the solar panels were incorporated into the building materials in a way that makes up a large part of the shell of the building. Ingenious.

plumbing said...

Green roof technologies not only provide the owners of buildings with a proven return on investment, but also represent opportunities for significant social, economic and environmental benefits, particularly in cities.

asheville roofing said...

Thanks for sharing this helpful and inspiring post. I appreciate it very much and it gave me an interest in shifting from metal roofs into green roofs. Good work.

Hilary Kimbel said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I really have been interested in getting a green roof in Vancouver... Maybe one day I will!

outdoor water features said...

Thank you for this post. This is very good. someone once told me about this green roofs but since then have not heard anybody talk about it. But i think you have confused me alot and i will even research more.
Thanks do much