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Eco-Friendly Green Roofing For Your Home Or Business

Eco-Friendly Green Roofing For Your Home Or Business

This guest post is by www.rubberbond.co.uk.

Green roofs have become an increasingly popular roofing solution for many home and business owners across the world. Whilst the green roofing concept has been used in Scandinavia for centuries, green roofs in their modern form were brought to the fore in Germany in the 1960s.

What is a green roof?

The term green roof is used to describe a roof which has been covered with grass or vegetation and placed atop a waterproof roofing membrane. Green roofs come in a variety forms, including full grass roofing systems or those which make use of other planted materials.

Green Roof

Depending upon your maintenance requirements and space limitations, there are 3 main types of green roof.

1)    Intensive build up roofs: these are high maintenance roofs which essentially replicate a ground level garden and may include paving and decking.

2)    Bio-diverse roofs: these require no maintenance and recreate a pre-existing ground ecosystem.

3)    Extensive roofs: these require low maintenance and utilise low growing plants.

The desire for a green roof can be driven by a variety of factors, including the need for ecological and financial benefits, creation of additional outdoor space or a more aesthetically pleasing building appearance etc.

What are the benefits of green or grass roofs?

Ideal for urban environments where green space is lacking, green or grass roofs bring about many benefits to homeowners and business owners alike; including a selection of environmental and financial advantages as described below:

Environmental & Ecological Benefits

  • Helps to facilitate the removal of CO2 and other harmful pollutants from the atmosphere
  • Minimises the heat island effect by helping to absorb radiation from the sun, leading to decreased temperatures within urban dwellings.
  • Improves building insulation and overall levels of energy efficiency.
  • Helps to absorb rain water and improve water quality
  • Provides wildlife with an ideal environment in which to inhabit.
  • Helps facilitate a ‘grow your own’ culture with regards to fruits and vegetables

Financial Benefits

  • Lowers costs due to improved energy efficiency in both cold and warm weather – improved insulation leads to lower heating costs in cold weather and heat absorption decreases temperatures in warmer weather.
  • Increases property value due to the desirability and overall benefits of a green roofing solution
  • Improves roof lifespan meaning replacement costs are minimised

Other Benefits Of Green Roofing

  • Helps to improve the visual landscape, especially when used on buildings placed within a rural area.
  • Increases sound proofing due to the use of multiple layers which help to absorb, reflect or deflect sound waves. This can lead to increased workforce productivity due to better workplace conditions.
  • Increases the amount of outdoor space, especially ideal for properties without gardens such as those within urban environments.

Whilst the initial installation costs may be higher than those of a traditional non-green flat roofing system, the long term cost savings coupled with the numerous benefits make green roofs an attractive option well worth considering.

So if you are in the market for an eco-friendly green roof, contact your local roofing contractors today and see which options are available to you!

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Green Home Buying and Renovation

10 Useful Tips and Terms for Green Home Buying and Renovation

This guest post is by Robert Tutolo of Total Mortgage.

As the dominant species on this planet, we as human beings have a responsibility to preserve and protect all other forms of life to the best of our ability. We are expanding at such a rapid pace that we generally tend to neglect the world around us. We understand that it’s tough to make time to save the environment when we hold full time jobs, raise a family, and attempt to maintain some sort of a social life. However, it may spark your interest to know that it is very possible to achieve an efficient standard of living, while still living your life to the fullest.  Here are some simple ideas that can help you renovate or build a green home.

1.     Advanced House Framing

This is otherwise known as optimum value engineering. When you’re building a house with a wooden frame, this method uses only the required amount of lumber, which results in less waste and use of resources. This is possible because installation material is used in place of the lumber in certain places. The installation material also helps to make the house more energy efficient.

2.     Drip Irrigation

This is a watering system that consists of underground tubes with holes placed at strategic intervals for the maximum hydration of gardens and flowerbeds. Miniscule amounts of water are lost to evaporation because this system allows for the water to get right to the roots of the vegetation. This method is also an efficient replacement for the common sprinkler.

3.  Green Roofing

Green roofing is exactly what it sounds like. The shingles on your roof will be entirely replaced with soil and plants. This type of roof only applies to smaller single-family homes, but it provides superior installation, absorbs harmful CO2 chemicals and creates oxygen.

4.     Pervious Concrete

Unlike standard concrete, pervious concrete is so porous that rainwater passes right through it to become ground water, rather than wasted water that runs off into a sewer.

 5.     Active Solar Electricity Generation

This is an approach that employs one or more panels into converting solar energy into electricity. With the proper climate, panel, and battery storage, all of the needs of a home with lower to moderate energy usage; will be supplied by the sun.

6.     Wind Turbines

If you live in open and windy areas then you may want to consider investing in a wind turbine. While they are relatively expensive, and require proper zoning permission, wind turbines will help to lower the cost of your energy bills as well as decrease your dependency on coal powered electricity. All of the unused energy will be stored in batteries, and can be used on non-windy days.

7.     Daylighting

This is a low tech method of strategically placing windows, skylights, and light tubes throughout your home so that you can maximize the amount of natural light, and minimize the amount of artificial light in your home.

8.     Low E-Windows

Low E-Windows are appropriate for any climate. They are coated with layers of microscopic metallic oxide that provide excellent installation. The outer panels of the window prevent heat from entering the home in warmer climates, and the inner panels trap heat in the home if you live in a colder climate.

9.     Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs

These light bulbs last up to ten times longer, use 85% less energy, and generate 90% less heat than standard light bulbs. The only downside to these bulbs is that they contain small traces of mercury in them, so they could be dangerous if there are young children in the house.

10. Energy Efficient Mortgages

If you are interested in purchasing or building an energy efficient home, then you could qualify for an energy efficient mortgage. This special type of mortgage allows you to credit energy efficient features of the home to the actual mortgage. This would give you the option of taking out a larger loan (which could help you financially), as well as promoting energy efficient living (which benefits the environment).

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