Monday, March 7, 2011

a green roof!


A green roof, or 'living roof' really helps regulate the temperature of a house or building, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. You can even graze your goats on them! Indeed: goats can climb ladders, they are quite agile! generally only grass or wild plants that do not require deep soil are used or found on living roofs, and it is better to plan a building from the beginning to accomodate a green roof, retro-fitting is an expensive idea...but you can also have plant boxes on your roof, and even consider living walls! inside or out.

12 comments:

The Apathetic Procrastinator said...

Someone had this linked on Facebook and I LOVE it! What a fantastic idea! I've always wanted a subterranean home, but this is much more interesting! I love the artwork!

Anonymous said...

I like the concept very much and I know that its something that has been done for centuries...but I have one question...can and do critters make a home in the type of thing and by critters I mean ..snakes and gophers and the like thanks

that guy said...

just try finding anyone in the building community who's heard anything about anything like this, tho. sigh.

Ree said...

This is a neat idea, I know when I lived in Europe they took advantage of every little space and had beautiful gardens and enough veggies to feed their family from container gardening...

Aramis said...

ME TOO I LIKE THE CONCEPT..FRESH & HEALTHY..

Aramis said...

Love the Concept...FRESH AND GREEN !!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a green roof? Or walls? I'd like to see the pictures of a real one!

Corbin Linder said...

The idea of goats climbing ladders is so amusing. Haha! Perhaps what city dwellers who would like to raise farm animals need is a green roof. Kidding aside, it would really be a great help to the environment if everyone would take advantage of the benefits of green roofs.

Regards,
Corbin Linder

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Robin Clugston said...

Wow, thanks everyone! (This is the artist of this piece, posting from my new account.)This reply is a long time coming, as I haven't visited this blog for a a very long time! (My current blog is robinclugston.tumblr.com if you are interested in what I have been getting up to art-wise!)
To answer the question posted by Anonymous on here, I personally do not (alas!) have a green roof or walls (yet). I am however very interested in the idea and many such ideas that revolve around Permaculture and sustainable living. Maybe someday!! :)
@Corbin Linder, yes indeed it would be a great benefit to the environment, to reduce the hest-island effect of our large areas of non-green paved areas and roofs as found in the city...I have recently been watching videos about re-greening the desert on youtube, super interesting! I recommend 'Hope in a Changing Climate' by John D. Liu.

Robin Clugston said...

sorry, that's *heat* island effect