July 7, 2006
Friday marked one year since Albemarle County installed a green roof on top of the county office building on McIntire Road.
The green roof uses plants to improve energy efficiency.
The greenery shades the building from the sun and manages storm water run-off.
One of the planners says making the conversion from a conventional roof to a green roof is pretty simple.
The one in Charlottesville serves as a model for the rest of the area.
"There's unlimited things you can do and this is just one of them," said Sean Dougherty, a senior planner in Albemarle County. "To get this one in place really helps to show people that it's not a crazy idea, That it's not unsafe. And now that it's here, people are saying 'Well why don't we have this everywhere?'"
The county's green roof is the state's largest, at 9,000 square feet.