Green roof success sealed with a KISSS
July 22, 2010
STOKE-ON-TRENT, UK – Green roofs are a good way to cool buildings, reduce stormwater runoff and increase a facility''s overall sustainability and these plush environments usually depend on underground irrigation devices, such as the KISSS Subsurface Capillary Irrigation System, according to an article from AZoBuild.com.
According to the article, KISSS is the most advanced subsurface irrigation system available and its purpose is to sustain plant growth while reducing evaporation.
The popularity of green roofs continues to spread across the globe as a viable means to achieve several sustainable benefits.
Edmund C. Snodgrass, a green roof expert from Maryland who has collaborated with colleges and universities to research the subject said: "There are a number of cities now that are encouraging green roofs, most notably in the East where the biggest stormwater problems are. There is Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago. In the West there is Portland and Seattle."
While traditional roofs, added the article, absorb the sun''s energy and return it as heat, some of the benefits of green roofs include: Lowering air temperatures; absorbing rainwater; reducing runoff; creating wildlife habitats; combating air pollution; and bringing urban areas "back into balance" with nature.
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