Green roofs are 'sprouting' throughout New York City, and now the city is proactively taking it into their own hands.
Green roofs have vegetation that absorbs rainwater, provides insulation, and combats the heat island affect - higher temperatures in urban environments than surrounding areas.
Additional benefits? Tax abatement for property owners that install solar green roofs on their buildings as long as the installation meets design and other requirements under Laws, Rules, and Codes. In order to apply, owners must provide a maintenance plan for the existing time period, plus three years. Click here for FAQs provided by NYC Buildings.
Because this process can add quite a bit of weight to the top of your building, an architect or engineer must be hired to determine if the existing roof can support such a modification. That's where we come in!
We recommend beginning the process earlier rather than later. You never know what the status of your roof may be and what must be adjusted first.