County Office Building to Have Green Roof

Albemarle County has received a $23,450 grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program to fund the installation of a green roof on the county office building. (The structure need to be re-roofed, anyhow.) Rather than using traditional roofing materials, the new roof will essentially be a lawn on top of the standard rooftop. Green roofs have become popular for environmentally-friendly construction, because they keep the structures cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and handle runoff that would otherwise have to be dealt with through channelling. It won’t be whole roof, just 20%. Replacement will be done next summer. Liesel Nowak has the story in today’s Progress.

3 thoughts on “County Office Building to Have Green Roof”

  1. Very impressive move on the county’s part. Properly designed and installed green roofs pay for themselves in little time (though it’s better with new construction; still, I understand that the county is trying to set an example here), require very little maintenance, and are totally nonintrusive. Charlottesville would be a better place if every big-box store chose to install a green roof.

  2. I agree. This is an example of government encouraging a good trend. Bravo.

    On a somewhat related note…. I own a house with American-style shingles and ever since I visited Italy I’ve been wondering why we use such crappy materials for roofs over here. Although spanish tile doesn’t fit with the Georgian architectural theme of the area, I do believe that slate roofs are an excellent choice.

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