Green roofing can achieve a reduction in power consumption through heat reflection and improved insulation. A living roof achieves this as well as providing a means to clean the air and providing a habitat for fauna.
A living roof as opposed to a green roof has many advantages, but needs to be carefully planned from its very inception. A living roof will bear a lot of weight and needs to be engineered to do so. The plantings of a living roof should also be designed in consultation with a horticulturist to give a finish that is appealing, low maintenance, and suits the locality of the building.
The very nature of a living roof system creates an excellent insulation system, and has the advantage of being able to be used in fire-prone areas. This insulation not only keeps the building cooler in summer, but can also assist in heat retention in winter making it a true green roof.
With some forethought and smart design a living roof system can also act as a bio-filtration system for the catchment of rainfall.
A living roof can also be designed to be more of a useable landscape feature than purely a rooftop. By integrating paths and outdoor living spaces into the roof it can become an extension of the usable landscape.
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