37 Benefits of Green Roofs

Sustainable green roofs are one of the most economically feasible and environmentally friendly ways to integrate urban agriculture and vegetation into design and development.

1. Decrease storm water runoff which is typically a source of pollution

2. Provide natural rain water absorption

3. Become a great way to harvest rainwater through catchment, filtering, and recycling

4. Mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

5. Lessen the Urban Heat Island effect

6. Increase biodiversity by creating wildlife habitats and sanctuaries

7. Improve local ecology

8. Reduce transportation emissions when used in roof-to-plate restaurant concept

9. Increase green infrastructure while lowering presence of non-sustainable/harmful urban infrastructure

10. Provide landfill diversion due to longer lasting roofing materials

11. Contribute to improved air quality for the city

12. Reduce community’s carbon footprint

13. Create therapeutic and healing spaces for building’s residents and workers

14. Provide natural and organic food options for local community

15. Improve indoor air quality reducing risk of respiratory concerns and in some cases reversing problems

16. Become a community collaborative and hub for teamwork

17. Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation: The risk posed by electromagnetic radiation (from wireless devices and mobile communication) to human health is still a question for debate. Nevertheless, green roofs are capable of reducing electromagnetic radiation penetration by 99.4% (Herman 2003).

18. Provide educational opportunities and demonstration areas

19. Improve psychological well-being of residents and workers

20. Lower stress and anxiety

21. Establish biophilic practice reconnecting humans with nature


22. Reduce energy consumption with integrated solar power system

23. Increase revenue potential by selling back to the grid

24. Reduce water consumption with rainwater harvesting system

25. Establish business model by selling locally-grown organic food

26. Increase re-sale value through aesthetic improvement

27. Increase longevity of roof materials

28. Reduce sound transfer (less need for sound barrier materials)

29. Increase insulation capabilities

30. Prolong life cycle of heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems

31. Decrease reliance on sewers and city infrastructure

32. Generate revenue by renting out rooftop spaces for private functions, classes or workshops

33. Create local jobs

34. Expand market base of growing industry

35. Availability of city incentives and government rebates

36. Improves fire retardation

37. Provides greater ROI and asset value

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PowerHouse Growers
PowerHouse Growers teaches you how to sustainably integrate urban agriculture into your cities, businesses, and homes. We provide clear solutions and benefits for better health, increased productivity, and lower environmental impact. By connecting you with experts, we bring awareness to solutions that may not be top of mind.