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Denver Will Soon Require New Buildings to Have “Green” Roofs

Denver Will Soon Require New Buildings to Have “Green” RoofsAlong with New York City, London, Paris and San Francisco, Denver is the latest city to require contractors to install “green” roofs on new buildings. Green roofs usually feature either solar panels or rooftop gardens, and these cities have made it mandatory for companies constructing large new buildings to find a green solution for their roofs. Proponents of this effort have argued that green roofs can not only benefit the environment, but also reduce energy costs in new buildings.

Denver became the latest city to make green roof construction mandatory in November.

According to ABC News, a ballot measure requiring builders to incorporate green roofs into new buildings passed with 54 percent approval. Barring some unforeseen circumstance, Denver residents should see a noticeable increase in the number of green roofs in the city over the course of the next few years.

Denver is actually taking things a step further than other cities with green roof initiatives, too.

While the other cities listed here only require new buildings to have green roofs, Denver officials want to see older buildings with green roofs as well. Under the terms of the recent ballot initiative, builders will also be required to retrofit older buildings with environmentally-friendly solutions when their roofs are replaced. If an old building is unable to support the weight of a green roof, however, it can receive an exemption from the city.

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we love to hear what cities like Denver are doing to promote sustainable building practices. Interested in outfitting your own home or office with green building materials? Give us a call today at (707) 578-5380 or contact us online to speak with a representative!

Five Things to Know About Solar Ready Requirements

Solar is becoming an increasingly common and affordable alternative for generating electricity. Estimates are that more 1 million homes in the U.S. now have solar panels installed. California is a leading proponent of home solar panels, and has implemented solar ready requirements for new homes. Here are five things the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency Division… Continue Reading

Using Renewables to Boost Water Supplies?

California is now amid its fifth year of serious drought, and state and private agencies alike have been trying everything from water usage restrictions to exploring alternative sources of water as part of efforts to balance demand with availability. The problem with converting alternative water sources like recycled wastewater, brackish groundwater and seawater into potable… Continue Reading

Solar is Coming: San Fran to Require Panels

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a new law that will require all new buildings that are 10 stories in height or smaller to add solar panels. The new rule goes into effect January 2017, building on an existing California law that requires all new small- and mid-sized buildings to make a portion… Continue Reading