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But What If It Leaks?

One of the most common questions we get about green roofs is what happens in the event of a leak. The process is very straightforward: a portion of the green roof is removed, the leak is repaired, the green roof is replaced, fingers are not pointed. Let’s get into more detail, but first we’ll start with the basics. Green roofs do not cause leaks. Roofing membrane breaches cause leaks, which …Read More

Green Roofs by Season

People often ask us “what will my green roof look like in winter?” We get questions about other seasons as well. Green roofs have several beautiful visual changes throughout the year. These are living things that change appearance and function just like trees and other vegetation. We hope this page will be informative and inspirational. GREEN ROOFS IN WINTER In the winter, some green roof plants, such as Sedum album, …Read More

Biodiversity Reigns King

Regency Apartments in Washington DC – a DC Senior Housing project, has one of Furbish’s most distinctive and natural green roofs. Planted in 2008 with natives and perennials in pockets of deeper media, the roof has evolved as seeds from plants as a part of the original plant palette and ones that have spread from surrounding areas becoming dominant species. One of the most distinctive plants at Regency is Elymus …Read More

Jessica Green: We’re covered in germs. Let’s design for that.

Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes — some good for us, some bad for us. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments? Jessica Green wants people to understand the important role microbes play in every facet of our lives: climate change, building ecosystems, human health, even …Read More