County Office Building Celebrates Being Green

August 23, 2007

Right now they're celebrating the second anniversary of their green roof. Over 9,000 square feet of the building's roof is covered in sedum plants helping make the entire building energy efficient.

“The biggest benefit is that it really reduces your heating and cooling costs. Some of our temperature studies showed that in the summer the green roof is actually 40 degrees cooler than a conventional roof,” said Gregor Patsch, Albemarle County Water Resource Engineer.

The roof is the first of its kind in the region following cities like Chicago and Portland, Oregon.

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