InSite Goes Green
By removing our photovoltaic array from its traditional place on the roof to our innovative Solar Path, Team Middlebury opened up the entire roof of our home for a green roof. Green roofs are equally valuable for their practical benefits as for their aesthetic appeal. The green roof will provide a naturally beautiful element to our north sloping roof while also providing insulation for our home and absorbing storm water. Properly implemented green roofs can also outlast conventional roofs, helping save materials and make our home more energy-efficient. In addition, green roofs absorb pollutants in the air while releasing oxygen, and they can also help combat urban heat island effect, making them particularly helpful in urban areas.
Our home will be using an extensive roof system filled with self-regenerating plants such as sedum, which require little irrigation, fertilization or maintenance and are hardy plants which will survive through Vermont winters. Our green roof system is being provided by Eco-Roofs of Michigan.
Eco-Roofs is a grower and supplier of green roof modules and pre-grown green roof trays. Backed by over 40 years of growing experience and extensive research and development of green roofs, Eco-Roofs works closely with landscape contractors, roofing contractors and architects in providing exactly the right products appropriate for each application. Eco-Roofs has extensive roof systems experience with schools, institutions and governmental agencies. At the Solar Decathlon Competition site our home will feature 600 square feet of green roof, but when the home returns to its final site in Middlebury, all 1,000 square feet of the home will be permanently covered in green roof.
Written by Gwen Cook