Green Roof Systems for Vancouver BC, Calgary AB & Western Canada
Integrated Green Roof Assemblies for All Types of Construction from InterCoast Building Solutions
Designers & Specifiers appreciate the flexibility to use trays, layered assemblies, sedum tiles or vegetation blankets as the project specifications dictate. Building owners love the single source ‘Roof to Green Roof’ warranty options provided through our roofing partners. InterCoast, through our carefully sourced specialty green roof partners provides the most flexible designs for your green roof project, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Our innovative range of green roof products, from complete Green Roof Systems to Green Roof Landscape Edging, have been specifically chosen to give many years of performance and to maximize stormwater retention, creating the ideal environment for optimal plant health.
Etera® SEDUM TILE® Pre-Vegetated Mats are an innovative option for immediate on-roof planting and instant 'Green Roof'. Etera's Sedum Tile can be installed quickly by crews on-site and the coconut fiber base assures effective rooting of plants in the tray and to the roof growth media base.
Sempergreen® vegetation blankets instantly provide mature roof and ground covering. At least 95% of the vegetation planted in our carefully cultivated blankets is already thriving upon delivery, allowing you to enjoy the immediate effect of a green and sustainable system.
Curv-Rite® has been manufacturing quality aluminum landscape edging and aluminum brick paver edging since the 1980's. Designed to be easy to install and to last a lifetime, Curv-Rite Landscape Edging products are the perfect choice for your next green roof landscape and edging project.
Benefits of a Green Roof:
- Reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and also delay the time at which runoff occurs
- In summer, depending on the plants and depth of growing medium, green roofs retain up to 70% of the precipitation that falls on them; in winter they retain between 25-40%
- Green roofs can sustain a variety of plants and invertebrates, and provide a habitat for various bird species
- 2x-3x Prolonged life of roof membrane
- Provide year-round energy savings; green roofs act as a thermal blanket saving energy and costs for both heating and cooling – as many as fourteen Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) credits
- Aesthetics; Attractive amenity spaces and increased property values and occupancy rates
What is a Green Roof?
A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and growing medium, planted over a waterproof membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier, drainage and irrigation system. Container gardens on roofs, with plants in pots or planters, are not generally considered to be true green roofs, although this is debated. Rooftop ponds are also considered green roofs, often used to treat a buildings greywater.
Green roofs are truly multi-purpose, absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, increasing benevolence and decreasing stress of local inhabitants by providing a more aesthetically pleasing landscape, reducing ambient noise levels and helping to lower urban air temperatures by mitigating the heat island effect. They effectively utilize the natural functions of plants to filter water and treat air in urban and suburban landscapes.
The largest impact that green roofs have is on stormwater management. Continued expansion of urban development throughout the world has resulted in increasing amounts of impervious (hard) surfaces. These impervious surfaces decrease both infiltration and evaporative water loss from soils and plant surfaces due to the removal of native vegetation and natural ecosystems. In addition, pollutants deposited on these surfaces run off into our rivers and streams; further degrading water quality and surrounding natural habitats. GReen Roof Assemblies significantly decrease stormwater runoff, while also creating more energy efficient and sustainable buildings.