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Greater Than 80 Percent Growth in Green Roof Industry

The benefits of green roofing are widespread and include a significant reduction in storm-water run-off, better heat and sound insulation, energy savings, improved air quality and reduction in the City's urban heat island. Other benefits include increased park space, improved aesthetics community gardening and biodiversity.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a non-profit industry association whose mission is to increase the development of the green roof industry across North America, is pleased to announce the results from its first Corporate Members Survey independently administered by Kendon Light, E.A.

The survey asked member-companies to report on their completed 2004 and 2005 green roof projects in North America. Results indicate a 72 percent growth in green roof square footage across North America between 2004 and 2005, and over 80 percent growth in the United States. North American green roof infrastructure implementation increased from 1.3 million square feet in 2004 to 2.5 million square feet in 2005.

"We,re very excited to see the actual growth numbers which match the huge increase in green roof interest our association members see on a daily basis," says Steven Peck, Founder & President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

"We anticipate even greater growth in the future."

Green roof infrastructure (a.k.a. eco-roofs and vegetated roofs) involve the use of technologies that incorporate drainage systems, high quality waterproofing, a root-repellant layer, light-weight growing media and specially selected plants onto the roofs of buildings

The top ten cities by square footage planted in 2005 are as follows:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Washington DC
  • Suitland, MD
  • Ashburn, VA
  • New York, NY
  • Culpepper, VA
  • Austin, TX
  • Arlington, VA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Ottawa, ON.

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