Green Roof Sheds Light On Sustainability

As far as green roofs go, this one might win an award for being the smallest. Despite its size, the sustainable shed will hopefully pack a big punch when it comes to showing people the benefits of being green. Originally built for the Junior League Show House Sustainability Project, the shed was dismantled and reassembled (at Urban Roots) by landscape architect Joy Kuebler. All of the pieces used to build the shed came from Buffalo ReUse. And of course the crucial feature, the green roof, will be maintained by Urban Roots (and Mother Nature of course).

The plants on top of the shed will help to maintain a cool temperature within the structure. Plants of choice are succulents due to their ability to retain water and their shallow growing medium. This is a fun project to observe. The green benefits can easily be transferred to larger projects – the important aspects shown hers can be viewed in a very digestible manner. So often we hear about living roofs, but don’t quite get the full picture since there are none around to check out. This one is not only practical and easy to build, it is beautiful, efficient easy to maintain at the same time.

The next time that you head over to Urban Roots, be sure to check out this living roof. And be sure to stop on over to Five Points Bakery for one of their blueberry muffins. I am convinced that they make the best organic muffins on the planet. Then, before you head home, grab some live ladybugs for your garden – I saw them today and they look hungry for aphids.

Urban Roots
428 Rhode Island
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 362-8982

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

5 comments
burlapwax
burlapwax

It took me a day to catch the "shed" pun in this post's title. [hehe]

I want to see more sod roofs around -- I need to do a shed re-roof on my new place, and something along this line could be fun...

resident@heart
resident@heart

Well done Urban Roots (and Buffalo ReUse)! It's good to hear that there is finally a green roofed building in Buffalo!

Architorture
Architorture

shouldn't that exposed EPDM roofing be white...

Eisenbart
Eisenbart

Uhh it does look interesting and pretty. But for those of us that are less ambitious and uneasy about a project such as this rain barrels are a nice alternative.

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