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The grass is always greener up top

October 05, 2011
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DES MOINES, IA — Workers have planted sedum atop an abandoned grocery store, according to the Des Moines Register.

The renovation project, which is called Green & Main, is an effort to preserve the 1933 building while simultaneously conserving energy and reducing environmental impact, the article stated.

According to the article, the vegetative roof will help insulate the building and absorb rain, which will reduce stormwater runoff.

Roof Top Sedums, a Davenport company that provided the green roof, says the vegetation can conserve up to 90 percent of stormwater annually, the article noted.

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