'Ecoroofs' lure urbanites, planners back to garden
Wed Dec 4, 7:36 AM ET
Larry Copeland, USA TODAY 

ATLANTA -- Under court order to make $3 billion in sewer improvements to better handle stormwater runoff, Atlanta is joining the growing ranks of the 'ecoroof' movement. 

Ecoroofs, also called living roofs or green roofs, turn the tops of commercial buildings into gardens with plants growing right out of the roof.

Proponents of these roofs say they address several ills that occur in developed or urban areas:

* The roofs are natural sponges in heavy rainstorms and reduce water runoff by up to 90%.

* The greenery, soil and root system filter out pollutants picked up by rainwater as it drops through the atmosphere.

* They combat the dreaded 'heat island effect' that can raise temperatures significantly in heavily developed areas.

The above are irresistible lures to areas battling the effects of rampant development....

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Would you add this Eco-Roof to your home if cost wasn`t a factor?
`Ecoroofs` lure urbanites, planners back to garden

Wed Dec 4, 7:36 AM ET

Larry Copeland, USA TODAY

ATLANTA -- Under court order to make $3 billion in sewer improvements to better handle stormwater runoff, Atlanta is joining the growing ranks of the `ecoroof` movement.

Ecoroofs, also called living roofs or green roofs, turn the tops of commercial buildings into gardens with plants growing right out of the roof.

Proponents of these roofs say they address several ills that occur in developed or urban areas:

* The roofs are natural sponges in heavy rainstorms and reduce water runoff by up to 90%.

* The greenery, soil and root system filter out pollutants picked up by rainwater as it drops through the atmosphere.

* They combat the dreaded `heat island effect` that can raise temperatures significantly in heavily developed areas.

The above are irresistible lures to areas battling the effects of rampant development....

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/12/02 - 6:07:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, I want to make my home as environmentally sound as possible.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/12/02 - 6:12:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Looks a little odd, but it seems like a good idea
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/12/02 - 7:15:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I know, I wonder if they can come up with a way to make it look nicer too?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/12/02 - 9:11:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would look OK if you kept it trimmed. "I'm off to mow the roof dear..."
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 5:42:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
no I don't think I would want a roof like that.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 7:28:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure. I bet it would provide pretty good insulation, too. Are there any known drawbacks?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 1/30/03 - 7:31:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
cool, unless the roots eat through the roof eventually...I'd do it.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/2/03 - 1:23:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah why not?



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