Green Roofs

April 5, 2015, 5am PDT
The French Parliament has approved legislation requiring commercial buildings to partially cover their rooftops in either plants or solar panels.
Architizer
February 5, 2014, 7am PST
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently completed an economic analysis of white roofs versus their green and black counterparts. The debate over the relative merits of white versus green roofs is far from over, however.
Inhabitat
May 25, 2012, 9am PDT
A new book by trained architect-turned photographer/pilot Alex MacLean captures the ironically suburban trappings of New York City's hidden rooftop world. <em>Web Urbanist</em> author Delana pens a review.
Web Urbanist
March 31, 2012, 1pm PDT
Tom Stoelker reports on the progress of New York City's Zone Green initiative, a comprehensive effort to make it easier to construct green buildings and retrofit existing ones, that passed the City Planning Commission unanimously this past week.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 27, 2012, 7am PST
Metropolis blogger Joseph G. Brin interviews Charlie Miller, P.E., of Roofmeadow, to find out why green roofs have been slow to catch on in the United States.
Metropolis
November 9, 2011, 7am PST
Industrial building developers, who had previously decried the price tag of green roofs now standard to many buildings in Toronto, may get the OK to construct an alternative, reflective roof instead.
National Post
October 19, 2011, 1pm PDT
Washington, D.C. residents are getting creative with their green roofs, writes Sarah Meehan, from keeping bees on them to hosting league bocce games. Even those without roof access might get lucky and have a view of one that's artfully designed.
The Miami Herald
April 27, 2011, 6am PDT
Despite the continued struggles of the U.S. economy, green roofs have proliferated with the market increasing 30% from the previous year.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
February 7, 2011, 6am PST
The Architect's Newspaper explores the "fertile new approaches to building" springing from the growing use of landscaping in contemporary architecture.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 21, 2011, 6am PST
The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State has indentified five particular species of plant that work well in semi-arid climates for green roofs.
Energy Daily
November 12, 2010, 1pm PST
Chicago is trying to position itself as one of the greenest cities in America, but longheld plans to upgrade the city's overburdened stormwater system highlight how far it has to go.
Green Source
October 2, 2010, 11am PDT
Last year Toronto became the first North American city to mandate green roofs on all new residential, commercial and institutional buildings larger than 21,500 square feet. Now it has created a 118,000 square foot example on top of the City Hall.
Metropolis Magazine
September 24, 2010, 11am PDT
Neal Pierce argues that retiring Mayor Daley's achievements in Chicago "stand out as beacons for mayors, American and worldwide, to emulate." He attributes some of his success to sheer political skill, but also examines seven effective policy shifts.
Citiwire
May 20, 2010, 1pm PDT
Green roofs are growing on the tops of schools in New York City, where small farms are being integrated into the curriculum.
The Architect's Newspaper
April 23, 2010, 8am PDT
Chicago City Hall boasts one of the world's most famous green roofs. As a result, the city has a reputation for being the capital of green roofs. But as architecture critic Blair Kamin notes from a bird's eye view, that's not exactly the case.
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2010, 8am PST
This piece from <em>Urban Omnibus</em> looks at ideas to counteract global warming by adding more trees to urban areas.
Urban Omnibus
January 2, 2010, 5am PST
Portland, Oregon planners are updating the city's zoning to make home improvements for solar panels and eco-roofing easier to do, but some developers think it will actually make things more difficult.
Daily Journal of Commerce
December 24, 2009, 5am PST
Malcolm Wells was a pioneer of sustainable design, with an emphasis on green roofs and underground buildings. He died recently at the age of 83.
Design Boom
December 11, 2009, 1pm PST
A new report shows that green roofs not only help by cooling the sun's rays, they also are effective for carbon sequestration.
Miller-McCune
December 2, 2009, 10am PST
In a battle over contracts to build green roofs for Chicago's public buildings, landscapers have come out on top.
The Chicago Tribune