Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Green Roofs moving East?
In 2008, one of San Francisco’s 10 pilot green building projects, the $429 million California Academy of Sciences will reopen in Golden Gate Park. The 410,000-square-foot natural history museum will sport a sustainable redesign by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.
The facility will attract visitors with both its aquarium—to hold an estimated 10,000 live animals—and its two-acre “living” roof To see how this works, check out Wal-Mart’s green roof in Chicago(right). Blooming with approximately 1.7 million native plants, the roof is projected to reduce storm water runoff by up to two million gallons of water per year. according to the Chicago Sun Times:
Designed to reduce rainfall runoff, the roof will not need an irrigation system. Expected to be completed with the new store this summer, Wal-Mart's green roof could be the first of many in Chicago. Last Fall, Mayor Daley launched the city’s environmentally-driven Green Roof program, which divvies out $5,000 grants to residential and small commercial business owners. Reportedly, the green roof program could, in conjunction with other green roofs, lower the city’s air temperature.
Are you taking notes New Jersey?