Multifamily rooftops go green

Square footage of garden rooftops on private buildings is growing

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Rooftops represent ideal usable space for amenity-focused developers of luxury midrise and high-rise product. Turning a portion of a rooftop into a “green roof” appears to be an increasingly popular move made by developers looking to set their projects apart. Last year, more square footage of green roof was installed on private projects than public, according to a survey conducted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a nonprofit, green roof industry association. The survey findings are based on responses from 27 corporate member firms. Green roof installations at private projects accounted for more than 2.2 million square feet, while public projects attributed for nearly 1.7 million square feet. This finding represents a shift from 2013, when public projects led the way. The volume of multifamily project deliveries in 2014 suggests that rental developments accounted for a significant percentage of private green roof installations. A green roof is a partially or completely...