Vegetated Roofing

Vegetated Roofing, in collaboration with Ecologic Builders, offers design, construction and maintenance services for green roofs. Our work has focused on adapting green roofing technology to the Central Valley of California’s climate.

Benefits of Green Roofs

Benefits of a green roof:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Increased durability of a roof
  • Added growing space
  • Reduced sound pollution
  • Improved fire retardation
  • Stormwater management
  • Moderation of the urban heat island effect
  • Cleaner city air
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Beauty

Measuring Performance

A few years ago I used data loggers to measure temperature differences between my green roofed attic and my neighbors asphalt attic.

Several friends of mine work in energy efficiency and recommended HOBO data loggers.  They’re amazing and inexpensive.  I set mine to measure temperature hourly for several months.

hobo data loggers

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The results were good.  The green roof attic was on average 26 degrees (F) cooler.  The ‘blip’ in the data in early June was a rainy day.

Natural green roofs

My design philosophy for green roofs is to create the conditions necessary for a thriving plant community and minimize required later intervention. This requires careful plant selection and adaptation of green roof best practices to local climate. Ask me what is possible for your project!