Sustainable Living

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How to Build a Green, Living Roof

February 27th, 2018
Green roofs (also known as "living roofs") have become increasingly more common in recent years. They're essentially when you build a garden on top of a roof. They not only pretty nice to look at, but also great for the environment too. Some cities have even offered tax incentives to encourage homeowners and business owners to implement green roofs at home and on their commercial buildings. The green roof phenomenon is not only about design or decoration (although having one will certainly catch the attention of passersby) – but these housetop gardens actually increase energy efficiency , too. Benefits of Green Roofs Green roofs act as a natural insulator for
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