Green Roof Monitoring
Living roofs are natural, aesthetically pleasing solutions for decreasing storm water runoff, reducing energy costs, moderating the Urban Heat Island effect as well as providing additional habitat for animals in the city. Water collected in these systems can support irrigation needs for your system as well.
Depending on project goals and desired outcomes, evaluating the benefits of installing a green roof can be done multiple ways. Data loggers powered by solar energy push data from soil moisture probes and water quality instruments to the cloud for a real-time look at the efficacy of your system.
Conservation Consultants, Inc. has been a strong advocate of energy conservation education for nearly 30 years. Its downtown Pittsburgh office, formerly an old vacant building, has become a green showcase with solar panels, state-of-the-art lighting, and efficient energy usage. Each year, hundreds of school children tour the CCI Center to learn the benefits of smart energy. One of CCI’s most recent green projects was the installation of a green roof atop its office building. A green roof is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil, or another growing medium, planted over a waterproof membrane.Read More
Officials at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, had begun work on a sustainable redesign of the college’s student union building. As part of their planning process, they decided to consult with those who use the facility most – the students. After talking with them, it became clear that students at Muhlenberg wanted to retrofit the old student union building to be less impactful to the environment. But as the students made clear to the administrators, they still wanted the union to retain some of its old-school charm.Read More
When planners sat down to put together designs for a parking lot in southeast Michigan, they intended for it to be the end of the road for cars traveling through a series of parks near Detroit. That’s why the parking lot turned out so large, covering 42-acres near Lake St. Clair. But instead of serving as a prime parking area, the planners soon found that drivers had begun utilizing surrounding freeways and the lot was left practically empty year round. The giant lot, though it supports many seagulls that live around the lake, became a concern for park managers because of the runoff it contributes to Lake St. Clair.Read More