Sidwell Friends School located in DC Photo by Furbish Co. of Baltimore

Sidwell Friends School, located in D.C., installed a green roof on an addition built in 2006. The roof, which was redone in 2008 after the original roof failed, was constructed in three parts with varying soil depth.

Graduating to a Green Roof

A green roof can also help with cooling costs, producing energy savings over time. There are also the benefits that are harder to quantify, like aesthetics and the aid provided to the storm water system.

A growing number of urban schools and universities are utilizing a commonly ignored campus asset–the roof.

These educational institutions are part of a nationwide trend toward choosing a green roof, a roof structure incorporating waterproof membranes, a growing medium (usually soil), and living vegetation, as an alternative to a conventional roof. That increase will likely continue and the cost of installing and maintaining green roofs will go down, says Dr. Brad Rowe, a profess

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