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A greenroof is simply a building with a cover of live plants as opposed to traditional roofing.  Typically there is a waterproof membrane and then soil or other growing media.  It may also be vegtative mats or modules linked together to form a living rooftop.  There are many advantages to constructing  a greenroof.  These include:   

  • Reduction in both the heating and cooling needs for a building.
  • Lessening the amount of stormwater runoff.
  • Reduction of the urban 'heat island' effect.
  • Filtration of air and water of pollutants.
  • Adding new habitats for beneficial insects and birds.
  • Increasing the lifespan of the roof.
  • Use of the rooftop as an amenity to building occupants.


Vegetative Mats
Vegetative Mats

To learn more about greenroofs, you can go to one of these sites:

Greenroof resources for Portland, OR

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