DIY Green Roofs

diy green roofing

Even the least agile among us should be making a minimal effort to be a little green (in one way or another).  Green roofing is one of those things you can possibly handle yourself, if you’re not afraid of plummeting 50 feet to your eco-friendly death.  In any case, This Old House claims that it’s not that hard.  I can see Bob Villa now…

You know, guys, instead of asking semi-ridiculous questions, the lay-man can always check out Wikipedia.  Since I’m feeling a bit froggy today, here is your straight from Wiki list of benefits of green-roofing.  Don’t e-mail me asking about it until you read it.

Green roofs are used to:

A green roof is often a key component of an autonomous building.

You can get the This Old House DIY Green Roof Guide here.  Here’s a little excerpt from Stephen Milioti’s article:

Not that you can’t find the engineer, roofer, nurseryman, and architect to professionally install a green roof. But everyone loves an option that cuts out extra labor, materials, and middlemen. That’s why the eco-obsessed editors here at This Old House had to see GreenGrid, a DIY green-roofing kit. Its freestanding modules ostensibly give the same benefits as green roofs the experts install—if your roof’s already sound, fairly flat, and watertight. Don’t bet on the same polish as with a pro team. But you may see the usual improved cooling and heating and reduced rainwater runoff. (We’ll see how our kit fares.)


About brent

Brent founded the Hyphae Design Laboratory in February 2008; “the lab” is a consulting and design firm dedicated to bridging the gap between architecture and biological sciences. Brent is also an active member of greenmeme, an artistic design firm based in Los Angeles and The Chlorophyll Collective, an environmental education group based in Oakland, California. From 2005-2008, Brent served as the design director at Rana Creek, an ecological restoration and design firm based in Carmel Valley, California. Brent’s work included the design of large-scale living roofs, ecological landscapes, rainwater catchment systems, living walls, greywater systems and constructed wetlands. Hit me up if interested about the world before that.

One thought on “DIY Green Roofs

  1. Howdy! I was surfing the internet Saturday afternoon during my break, and found your blog by searching MSN for sustainable gardening. This is a topic I have great interest in, and follow it closely. I liked your insight on reen Roofs at green.mnp, and it made for good reading. Keep up the good work…

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