Energy Efficiency Reaches New Heights: The Rooftop Garden

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Posted on by Conor MacGuire

France has recently implemented a new law that requires all new commercial buildings to either have solar panels or a roof garden partially covering the roof.

While it’s not the first country to implement this kind of law, (Canada and Switzerland have already beaten them to it) France leads the way in new energy efficiency measures with even the Eiffel Tower becoming a renewable powerhouse.

The green roofs efficiently help to insulate the buildings thus saving money used to heat and cool the building. They also retain rainwater, thus helping reduce problems with runoff, while favouring biodiversity and giving birds a place to nest in the urban jungle, ecologists say.

Green roofs cost more to install and maintain, and their price and complexity deter many homeowners and developers. Yet a 2008 University of Michigan study found that their benefits, including a longer-than-average lifespan, more than offset the extra up-front investment.

If your keen for a Rooftop Garden just remember to follow some of these tips!

 

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