Schools Are Taking the Lead in Eco-Friendly Roofing

November 12, 2010

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Since the U.S. Green Building Council has been encouraging schools to go green, our nation’s schools are now leading the way in educating their students and communities on the importance of maintaining a healthy environment and decreasing their energy needs.

One way they are doing this is by planting gardens on the rooftops of their schools, commonly called a green roof. The plants absorb most of the heat from the sun and act as a natural insulator to help control the temperature of the building along with other benefits. Students are involved in all stages of planning while getting lessons on how to decrease energy consumption and improve air quality for their schools.

Some schools are choosing to move away from the old black tar roofs and installing more eco-friendly white roofs or cool roofs. The black roof soaks up the sun’s heat and heats up the building beneath it as well as the surrounding area.  The white roof or cool roof reflects heat, keeping the building below cooler and reducing air-conditioning costs in warm weather.

There is a Fort Lauderdale roofing company already helping our schools attain their goals of going green by offering both of these types of roof coverings.  Best Roofing can install a Garden Roofing System (green roof) that is not only nice to look at, but has shown an average savings of around 15% in overall energy costs.

At St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish and School in Plantation, they have installed the Best Roofing Cool Roof System® (white roof). This will extend the life of their roof, lower room temperatures and reflect 73% or more of the sun’s heat away from the school, helping to keep energy bills down.

You can learn more about Best Roofing and their roofing services by contacting a representative at (954) 941-9111 or 1-888-723-BEST (2378).