NY Post Office Gets Green Roof
The roof at Colvin-Elmwood Post Office was built in collaboration with Onondaga County, N.Y., as part of the municipality’s Save the Rain initiative.
After being verified sound enough to support the additional weight of the soil, vegetation and other structural requirements, the roof was fitted with a new membrane, layers of drainage sheet, mat, separation fabric, indigenous vegetation and a wind blanket. Its expected lifespan is up to 50 years, twice as long as the roof it will replace.
The green roof will also will reduce the amount of contaminants in storm water runoff flowing into the municipal water system, USPS said, and it should help the post office reduce energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
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