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American Life Green Roof to Cut Cooling Costs 20-30%

Succulent_6cepholinaA vegetative roof atop the headquarters of American Life and Accident Insurance Co. of Kentucky will reduce heating and cooling needs by 20-30 percent.

The green roof, which also will help reduce storm water runoff, came as part of a building overhaul that also saw the installation of energy efficient HVAC equipment, as well as improved lighting and energy management systems, according to a press release.

The rooftop garden, which is 17,000 square feet, cost 30 percent more than retrofitting the roof to a typical tar and gravel roof, reports the Courier-Journal. However, the living roof will cut air conditioning costs 75 percent and cut storm water runoff by half, the Courier-Journal reports.

However, Vivienne Bross, Marketing Manager at Turner Construction Co., which handled the project, said the figure is actually closer to 20-30 percent, although additional savings are being achieved by interior fit-outs and renovations, along with other improvements.

The green roof will incorporate native sedum mats, as well as three test beds that will help determine which plants perform best for green roofs in the Midwest.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is handling the test plots.

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3 thoughts on “American Life Green Roof to Cut Cooling Costs 20-30%

  1. This is a lot of hooey. NO green roof EVER saved anywhere near 75% of a building’s air conditioning costs…… if this were true, everyone would have one (a green roof) already. Typical payback on a green roof is 50 years. There are far better ways to save money on HVAC costs than putting on a green roof.

  2. Hi John,
    Please show me the data that shows a typical payback on a green roof is 50 years.
    There are so many factors to this that disputing the effects of a green roof right before throwing out your own data makes your initial statement unbelievable

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