I came across this article in the WI State Journal regarding green walls. While Madison is not at the forefront of the green roofs and green walls movement, it certainly has a fair number of buildings incorporating these architectural features. For those that are unfamiliar with the concept, green roofs and walls significantly reduce energy costs, and add to the aesthetics of a building. Picture looking out of your office window at the roof of a neighboring building, and seeing a park where you would typically see a rubber roof membrane. There are many reasons that green roofs make sense.
In December, I’m scheduled to take a green roofing course offered by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, which will make me eligible to sit for the Green Roof Professional exam. In the near future, Guttersmiths will be able to offer green roof installations as a service to local builders and homeowners. Check back for updates!
For a super brief timeline and some good pics of green roofs, check out this Green Roof Timeline. As you’ll see, Germany is way ahead of the game when it comes to green roofs. I’ll try to grab some pics of green roofs in the Madison area for folks to check out. I’ll post them to the blog when I have them uploaded.
– The Guttersmith