It is a common misconception that green roofs are only for rural development and home building projects. The concept of green roofs is catching on with several cities throughout the world. The green roof concepts has several benefits that it’s increase the sustainability of the building, durability of the building and improve area surroundings. The following are a few of the benefits that property owners may find by switching to green roofs for their apartment complexes.
One of the largest benefits of a green roof for apartments complexes, townhouse complexes and city residential development property owners is Rainwater management. A green roof allows rainwater to be stored and to be used by the plants on that roof where it will evaporate back into the a air. This reduces the chance of water damage, Rainwater runoff and possible leaking damage that would normally be sustained from standard roofing.
Another key benefit of the Rainwater management offered by green roofs is the reduced amount of stress on city sewer systems and the added increase of Rainwater during peak flow periods. Many building owners have found discounts and financial benefits during tax season’s from the city based on the reduction of stress placed on the city sewer systems and reduction of other environmental issues that would be otherwise apparent due to standard roofing.
Air Quality Improvement
One of the benefits that is lost in translation or not considered at all by many individuals is the improved air quality that a green roof provides. By planting grass, plants and other natural substances on green roofs the plant products will capture any pollutants and atmospheric issues their airborne. This means that these pollutants will not be released back into the air and the air quality is cleaned in the process. Noxious gases can also be filtered through the plant life developed on green roofs. This is especially beneficial in larger cities such as Chicago. The overall air quality benefits stretch to temperature benefits offered by green roofs. In fact, green roofs can reduce power plant demands and can decrease the amount of CO2 byproducts in the air.
Benefits for Residents
A key benefit that many residential business owners, apartment owners and developments property owners find with green roofs is the ability to offer the green roof as a living benefit. In fact, many property owners have found that offering the green roofs as a community garden space, commercial garden space for restaurants or cafés and recreational space for children’s playgrounds in inner-city developments is one of the key benefits for having a green roof. For a apartment complex owner residential business owner with a green roof option they can find that the green roof will bring in a larger percentage for rent. A green roof option for a community garden or recreational space for children can increase the rent potential I up to 20% or more.
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