The roof of a building can be designed to make the building more efficient. Two examples are white roofs and green roofs. A white roof is painted white to reflect heat off its surface. A green roof is covered with vegetation and protected by a water-proof membrane over its surface. Green roofs also provide habitat for wildlife such as birds and insects, and can store rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff and pressure on local drainage systems. In addition, green roofs can grow fresh produce.
Why this Matters
For My Organization
White and green roofs reduce energy costs by reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the building. Green roofs can also increase how long the roof lasts by protecting it from the elements.
For New Orleans
White and green roofs reduce energy usage in the city. Green roofs also decrease storm water runoff and the accompanying strain on the city’s storm drainage system. They also are aesthetically beautiful and promote a more natural and green New Orleans.