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    Default Would you ever cover your roof in vegetation?

    I think this is a really great way to keep your house cool and energy efficient. The vegetation provides insulation and is a useful tool for storm water management. Plus it looks really cool too! So would you ever consider installing a green roof to reduce your electric bill or is this too much green for you? Here is a great article to help you make an informed decision. Green Roofs: Benefits of Having Rooftop Vegetation | Organic Soul
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    There is another entire section on various "green roofs".

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    In Alaska quite some years ago a master carpenter named Dick Proennecke built a log cabin in the wilderness and filmed the entire procedure including how he greened his roof by first laying over the beams a cover of tar paper and some other kind of sheeting to prevent the wooden planks from rotting under the moist green layer of vegetation. He lived there for 35 years until age and the Alaska winters forced his retirement. The cabin has become a protected part of an Alaska State Park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by organicjake View Post
    I think this is a really great way to keep your house cool and energy efficient. The vegetation provides insulation and is a useful tool for storm water management. Plus it looks really cool too! So would you ever consider installing a green roof to reduce your electric bill or is this too much green for you? Here is a great article to help you make an informed decision. Green Roofs: Benefits of Having Rooftop Vegetation | Organic Soul
    Another one post wonder, in the wrong section, and with the main purpose of spamming.

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    I used to work in nyc and the building I worked in installed a green roof. The management company told me that by doing this they saved almost 10% immediately. This also sparked a green revolution in the building. From changing light bulbs to implementing sunblocking shades. it was really interesting to learn about all the various ways to go more green and save $$ at the same time.

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    I would love to cover my roof in vegetation I've seen buildings do it in different places in BC but I own a A-frame style house and I think the pitch of my roof may be too steep I have to redo my roof in a-couple of years and want to know if this is even an option for me. Anybody know?

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    Of course an A frame is too darn steep for a vegetation roof. Good for mounting solar panels if it has a south facing side. Also, if facing south it would be good for a thermal solar window with insulated shutters, shining on a high mass dark trombe wall (closed at night or on cloudy days, R 30-40).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val View Post
    Of course an A frame is too darn steep for a vegetation roof. Good for mounting solar panels if it has a south facing side. Also, if facing south it would be good for a thermal solar window with insulated shutters, shining on a high mass dark trombe wall (closed at night or on cloudy days, R 30-40).
    Unfortunately my roof faces east and west but I have a south facing garage that would be perfect for solar panels thanks for the tip. My biggest project for saving energy right now is to get rid of the old appliances in my house just bought this house in May and have been impressed with the insulation, and all new windows but the dishwasher and laundry got to go!

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    Green roofs generally do not choose high plants. Floating layer of turf can be OK , Sedum and other plants ! Green roofs can also be used on soilless cultivation techniques to extend the life of the roof to prevent roof leaks !

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    never,but i think this is a good idea

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