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Public library gets 'green' roof

November 04, 2010
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FALLBROOK, CA — As if the vibrant teal, orange, red, yellow, you-name-it color scheme and planned avocado-shaped reading couch weren''t whimsical enough, the up-and-coming Fallbrook Public Library now boasts one more playful touch: A green roof, according to the North County Times.
Dave Batey, vice president for client services with Fallbrook-based Executive Landscape, said the plants are "low-growing and self-propagating," of short roots and little maintenance.
Low-volume sprinklers have already been attached to the roof to provide what little water the plants will need to survive, the article noted.
Jose Aponte, San Diego County library director, said the roof will not only help insulate the building but also manage storm water.
The roof will also last longer than a traditional tar roof because it does not come into direct contact with the elements, the article stated.
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