Cool Facts About Green Roofs

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Green Roofs

I dream of a home with a green roof.

My recent trip to Michigan for the  2014 Ford Trends conference (Go Further with Ford) re-ignited my interest in how green roofs work.

Although the event was mostly about vehicle trends (I even got to test drive a few cars on Ford’s official test track and build my own Green Diva pinewood derby car), the highlight for me was the green roof atop the Dearborn F-150 plant.

Photo: Lynn Hasselberger

Photo: Lynn Hasselberger

Ford’s green living roof at one time the largest green roof evva in the world.

It has since been surpassed as largest in the world, but is still the largest living roof in North America at 454,000 square feet (10.4 acres).

As a green diva, of course I love that green roofs are beneficial to the environment. But you don’t have to be a green diva (or dude) to find green roofs appealing—they’re aesthetically pleasing and provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other creatures.

Ford built the green roof to reduce runoff from the factory and parking lots—vast impervious surfaces—which ended up in the nearby Rouge River (not as clean water, mind you!).

Here’s a great infographic with some cool facts about Ford’s green roof…

ford green roofIn summer, depending on the plants and depth of growing medium, green roofs retain 70-90 percent of the precipitation that falls on them; in winter they retain between 25-40 percent. For example, a grass roof with a 4-20 cm (1.6 – 7.9 inches) layer of growing medium can hold 10-15 cm (3.9 – 5.9 inches) of water. (source: greenroofs.org)

This infographic lays out some other cool facts about green roofs…

green roof infographic

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About the author / 

Green Diva Lynn

Lynn Hasselberger is the former Managing Editor of The Green Divas blog and was a producer of the Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things.

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6 Comments

  1. cbale@seattletrekker.com'
    Charlie@Seattle Trekker July 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    I was really impressed, this makes a definite difference as to who I look to when I purchase a eco-friendly transportation.

    • Green Diva Lynn July 10, 2014 at 7:49 am -  Reply

      Thanks for checking out my post, Charlie. Were you at the Further with Ford conference?

  2. bulletproofroofer@gmail.com'
    Hannan Ahmad August 28, 2015 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Green roofs not only make your house look more attractive, but they contribute to make your surrounding environment much better. The plants will make the air around you much fresher for you to breathe in. This makes your roof multipurpose.

  3. luca.d.parkinson@gmail.com'
    Patent Attorney September 1, 2015 at 6:18 am -  Reply

    Great post, it looks like having a green roof is a good idea!

  4. bonniethefnaffreak@gmail.com'
    William afton May 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    WOW this is a really good post good job

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