City of Charlottesville Installs Green Roofs

According to Seth Rosen at the Daily Progress the City of Charlottesville is planning to install green roofs on City Hall and the police department’s headquarters. Rosen says that “the roofs on both buildings have sprung occasional leaks and have reached the end of their useful lives. Because they need to be replaced, city officials seized the opportunity to invest in green roofs.”

The green roofs will cost the city $650,000 — traditional rubber roofs cost about $400,000. However, the roofs will pay for themselves in the long run because they will absorb the sun’s rays, keeping the buildings cool and reducing energy costs.

The City is following the lead of Albemarle County, which installed on a green roof on its County Office Building in 2005.

Rosen also says that in the past month the City of Charlottesville has “set a lower real-estate tax rate for energy-efficient homes, promised to purchase electricity from alternative energy sources and voted to hand out thousands of compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents.”

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