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New building features energy-efficient rooftop garden

When McCamy Development needed a new building for its offices, the firm worked with the architect, construction company and other designers to add a special feature: a large greenspace on the roof.

Almost 40 percent of the 1,300-square-foot roof is covered with greenery, provided by Michigan-based company LiveRoof LLC, reports business writer Ed Marcum in the News Sentinel.

The company uses drought-resistant plants in special containers that are placed together to create a seamless-looking landscape.

Local regional grower Southeast Green Roofs of Fairview, Tenn. selected and grew the green roof plants in the system's modules, which were installed by Dixie Roofing, based in LaFollette, Tenn.

The plants will require minimal maintenance, said Andy Sudbrock, plant ecologist, Southeast Green Roofs, in a press release.

McCamy Development has used the green space for several events and the building's second tenant, fitness studio Barre3, may use the space for outdoor classes.

LiveRoof reports many tangible benefits from its green roof installations in addition to the added space: 

--Green roofs filter pollutants out of rainwater water and act as a buffer against acid rain
--Protect roofs against damage from airborne debris, shield against UV radation and lessen damage from temperature extremes
--Shading and insulation of the plants keep roofs cooler, reducing energy demand from air conditioning and decreasing facility operating costs.
--Improved air quality: Every 1,000 square feet of an extensive green roof can filter about 400 pounds of dust and smog particles per year.
--Enahnced property values and reclaimation of useable space

"Green roofs provide green space as an architectural amenity and offer other significant benefits," said Bruce Bosse, president, Merit Construction, which worked on the project, in a press release. "Green roofs extend the service life of a building's roof, moderate stormwater runoff, and reduce energy demand and costs (especially for air conditioning in the summertime)."
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