Advantages: Significantly reduce the need for air conditioning in summer and provide insulation in winter; can act as a sound insulation barrier; contribute to the reduction of a number of polluting air particles and compounds.
Company: GSA Building
Location: Chicago, IL
Company: Regency House Apartments
Location: Washington, DC
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Most green roof surfaces stay cooler than conventional rooftops under summertime conditions leading to less heat transfer to the air above the roof helping to keep urban air temperatures lower as well.
Roofing materials with high solar reflective value can lower roof surface temperature, decrease the amount of heat transferred into a building and significantly reduce air conditioning costs.