Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Green Roofs to keep buildings cool

We set new records in Rochester as the temperature in Rochester NY exceeded 100 F and energy demand peaked causing high energy costs for everyone. Fortunately, Green roofs on many large flat buildings, warehouses could have saved all those folks over 20% in energy and given them a roof top garden for employees to enjoy.

When it rains igreen roofs would reduce the runoff and flooding problems. It treats the stormwater and makes it reusable for non potable uses. The life of roofs get extended by 25 years. So what prevents us all to use more green roofs? The technology is new and the cost is slightly higher.

Considering all the benefits, long term low rate financing can make it possible to afford them just like car leasing versus buying. Low cost 10 - 15 year financing can give a big boost to this effort and save a lot of resources in the Country. Government green bonds with tax free and low interest rates should be made available as loan in every state to conserve power and help the environment. Our leaders should invest in such programs and support sustainability.

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