Sunday, March 07, 2010

The New Age of Sustainable Roofs

The days of old style roofs with membranes and shingles will soon be replaced with smart roofs that last a life time and serve more than the shelter function. Green planted roofs now reduce storm water generation, save energy and allow rain water harvesting. The base membrane would now last 40 - 50 years because the sun rays never reach it.
White roofs have reflective layer to reduce heat gain and save energy in summer for air conditioning. As we observe the development of green and white roofs a new trend of interactive design is coming up in conversations.. it is called " Blue Roof". What it implies is that roofs could be designed to hold a sheet or layer of rain water and allow it to evaporate to provide cooling. This is an excellent means of storm water management and also good for energy conservation at the summer time of when high demand takes place. Interactive designs should provide for storage of rainwater and the application of stored water to automatically maintain a layer of water on the roof. These concepts reduce Energy, help Environment and improve Economy with the money saved. Why not call these smart roofs "E-Roof" ?

2 Comments:

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Fort Collins Homes for Sale said...

Very Cool. I like to see this kind of innovation. I was just thinking the other day about how the Europeans build their buildings to last where as many Americans build homes that really only have a 30 year life span due to the low quality building materials.

Green building is many times for the wealthy, but if it can also help with energy costs, hopefully this will be something that everyone considers.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger ram shrivastava said...

What we need is an outlook to think long range and finance the long range projects over the life of the investment.
Green projects are investment in the future and require long term financing options.
Energy independence can be achieved faster as our leaders establish such funding sources in each community.

 

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