Green roof industry is growing

I love reading about stories of growth despite the recent economic recession, especially when it's environmentally friendly growth. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities reports that the green roof industry grew by 16.1 percent in 2009, in the midst of the worst economic recession in decades.

This growth was measured through a survey of the group’s corporate members. The survey also shows that the city of Chicago, Ill., is still tops when it comes to green roof installations. The city has over 500,000 square feet of green roof space. This is significantly greater than the 190,000 square feet installed in the number two city — Washington, D.C.

The city of Minneapolis, Minn., was the only other city on the list to top 100,000 square feet of green roof space (with about 120,000 square feet). The rest of the top 10 green roofs cities in North America includes Baltimore, Md.; Newtown Square, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; Redmond, Wash.; Montreal, Quebec; Quebec City, Quebec; and Milwaukee, Wisc.

Green building in Namibia is dedicated

Green building is definitely a global trend. On Tuesday, Hifikepunye Pohamba, the president of the Republic of Namibia, inaugurated the Mutual Tower in Windhoek, Namibia. The 20-story office building uses about 40 percent less energy than its traditional counterparts.

The building has 20 levels with office space on 11 of these levels and four basement levels. A system is in place to pump groundwater that accumulates in the basement levels back into the plumbing system. The groundwater is then used to flush toilets and water the landscaping.

Mutual Tower is the home of Old Mutual, Mutual & Federal, and Nedbank.

Green building programs across the country

Cities and communities across the country are embracing the green building trend. In Telluride, Colo., the New Community Coalition is hosting a building science and green building training session on June 9 and 10. A variety of topics will be covered including indoor environmental quality, why third-party verification is essential, and water management. For details on this event, contact Kim Wheels at (970) 728-5208.

In the state of [skipwords]Washington[/skipwords], Clark County has recently adopted the National Green Building standard. The adoption of this code came after builders provided feedback to the county. Residential customers wanting to build a more energy-efficient home were looking for a standard set of guidelines that contractors and builders could use. Participation in this program is voluntary and is only active in unincorporated areas and small towns in Clark County.

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