The trend developed in Germany during the 1960's and since then, urban greening or "green roofs" have become increasingly popular all around the world.
Fort Wayne's new downtown development will be complete in 2016 and it will feature the city's first green roof. Urban greening provides better energy efficiency, a more durable roof, local job creation, fire protection, radiation reduction, noise reduction, marketing, and several other benefits.
During the summer, green rooftops retain between 70-90% of the rainfall that reaches them. The water is stored by the plants and naturally filters water that may runoff.
Green roofs reduce stormwater runoff and decreases stress on the sewer system. The plants can capture airborne pollutants and also filter gases. A rooftop is where the most heat in a building is lost in the winter and the hottest point of a building during the summer.
Green roofs provide insulation and can reduce the amount of energy needed to moderate the temperature of a building. The green roof above Fort Wayne's newest development can serve as a community hub, increasing social togetherness and the sense of community in our area.
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