Green Roof

Which Green Roof is Right for You?

It is no secret that the world is going green. With a focus on sustainability practices at an all-time high, businesses worldwide are looking for ways to make their commercial properties more environmentally friendly. Luckily, as the movement has grown, so has the number of options at our disposal.

Green roofing options not only help lessen your commercial property’s environmental impact, they also bring massive long-term benefits to you!  Designed with efficiency in mind, many kinds of green roofs can significantly cut your energy costs, helping you save a ton of money in the long run.

Here are a few different kinds of green roofs and the benefits they bring:

Solar Panels

When someone brings up green sustainability practices, solar panels are probably the first thought that comes to mind. It has become increasingly common to see rows of solar panels on the roofs of commercial and residential properties, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down with good reason. In a sunny state like Colorado, the amount of electricity generated by these panels can offset your energy costs by over 80% and pay for itself in as little as ten years! This efficiency reduces your property’s energy demand, decreasing its CO2 output and making it much more environmentally friendly.

Cool Roof Coating

Another common but lesser-known solution is cool roof coating systems. Cool roof coatings are thick paint-like coatings with white or unique reflective pigments that reflect sunlight. The benefits of applying cool roof coating to your roof are multi-faceted. The first and most prominent benefit is its reflective properties significantly reduce the energy required to cool your property, thus reducing consumption and costs. The second is due to its thickness and uniformity of its application; it serves as a sealant that can prevent leaks in your roof for 20+ years if it is appropriately maintained. These sealing properties, plus its resistance to UV and other environmental damages, can prolong the life of your roof exponentially, saving you money in repairs, or worse, total replacements.

Metal Roof Paneling

Not commonly associated with green practices, metal actually can be one of the most efficient paneling materials you can have installed on your property’s roof. Growing increasingly popular in the US, metal roofing systems are known for being sturdy and durable, withstanding even the harshest weather conditions. Metal roofing, being inherently reflective, offers the same energy consumption cutting benefits that cool roof coatings can provide. Additionally, due to the material’s sturdiness, metal roofing systems can last for 40-70 years with proper maintenance! When the time finally comes for your metal roof to be replaced, the material is 100% recyclable, making it one of the best green solutions.

Living Roofs

A growing trend of the last five years, living roofs are becoming increasingly popular in metropolitan areas. Commercial property owners have taken to turning their property’s roof into a garden area, giving it a gorgeous look with plenty of benefits. With plants and soil absorbing and reflecting heat that would otherwise affect the building, the insular benefits help you reduce energy costs while also converting CO2 into oxygen. Additionally, the plants and soil absorb rainfall, significantly reducing the chance of pooling and leaks on your roof. Finally, the pleasing aesthetic of a living roof has proven to increase the value of a given commercial property as high as 10%!

Going green with your commercial property’s roof has never been easier. Ripe with benefits for you and the environment, considering a green roofing system should be on your to-do list. Whether it’s the energy-generating solar panels or the visually striking and insularly living roofs, you have many options to choose from.

Let us help you decide what option is best for making your commercial property’s roof “go green”. Contact us today.

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Commercial Construction is Going Green

Commercial Construction is Going Green

Green sustainability practices have hit mainstream status across the world. The commercial construction industry is not exempt from this trend. As of November 2020, the size of the U.S. Green Building Market is $81 billion (per Statista).

Client and market demands have been a major driver of this movement for commercial construction boing green, and as the general population has adopted a sense of priority towards sustainability, both the public and private sectors are driven to enact policies to set us down the road towards this future. In Colorado, state and local governments have placed requirements on state-funded public building construction and renovations. In the private sector, companies such as REI, Columbia, and Kohl’s have announced a commitment to long-term sustainability, building future locations using green practices and working towards renovating existing locations to follow suit.

But what are some of these trends that make up green and sustainable commercial construction?

Green Building Materials

One major component to green building that is rapidly growing as the technology improves is using green building materials. Green building materials are defined as materials made from renewable resources that are manufactured using environmentally friendly processes, made from recycled content, and are recyclable at the end of their lifecycle. The material at the core of this movement is mass timber. This includes laminated veneer lumber, cross-laminated timber, and laminated strand lumber. The CO2 emissions produced by manufacturing these materials are a fraction of those created by producing concrete and steel. Additionally, these materials provide completely self-sustaining and renewable building material, if sourced responsibly.

Renewable Energy

Probably the most popular of any aspect of green construction is the renewable energy movement. Solar, wind, and geothermal energy are rapidly growing as primary energy sources for many residential and commercial buildings around the world. More and more commercial buildings are having their roofing systems lined with solar panels, to the point where it is becoming the norm in cities like Denver. Additionally, many companies including Tesla are bringing solar shingles to the market to provide the energy benefits of solar panels, while maintaining the appearance and function of standard roof shingles.

Building Certification Programs

While LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has been around since 1998, there historically haven’t been many recognized certification programs with green practices in mind. However, over the last decade, the number of recognized programs has ballooned to over 30,000. With a stringent list of standards to receive certification, these programs have been a driver of green practices as consumer attention on said certifications has grown. Additionally, systems such as the IgCC (International Green Construction Code) have been adopted as mandatory in many major cities in the US.

As we round the corner on kicking off the new decade, these programs and practices will only continue to grow. The benefits of adopting them have become too great to ignore, and the curbed environmental impact of our cities will continue to benefit us all in the long run. Plus, the mass influx of funding for these practices have created many jobs and created new sectors of the construction industry altogether.

Want to see how you can start making your property more green? Contact A-Line Contractors today.

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