"Green"roofs are one of the most exciting developments in sustainable building design. Sometimes called vegetated roofs, eco roofs, or living roofs, green roofs offer a number of sustainable advantages on an otherwise empty, unused space.
Depending on load capabilities and other application-driven requirements, green roofs can be planted with herbs, grasses, flowers, even trees, in an exciting variety of colors, textures, scents and heights. Patios and walkways can become a useable part of the roof environment. Today it’s clear: vegetated roofs offer many social, environmental and economic benefits.
Key environmental benefits:
- Reduce storm water run-off which, in turn, reduces the stress on urban sewer systems and decreases run-off related pollution of natural waterways
- Insulating qualities mean reduced energy costs for building owners
- Air quality improvement – lower rooftop temperatures mean less smog from the “urban heat island effect”
- Noise pollution reduction – studies show noise levels in a building can be reduced by as much as 40 decibels
- Extended life of the roof system due to moderated temperature swings that cause a roof system to expand and contract as well as protection from everyday wear and tear.
'Single Source' Delivery and Warranty Program for Green Roofs
Sika Sarnafil has established partnerships with leading full-service green roof installers and can provide customers with the advantages of a 'single source' project delivery solution, backed by a 'single source' Sika Sarnafil warranty that includes the vegetated cover and the Sarnafil waterproofing system.
Under this program, customers access a single contact for support, regardless of the issue, and a single warranty covers the green roof assembly. The single source warranty is available for 5, 10, 15, and 20 year periods.
Green roof installers partnering with Sika Sarnafil are ...
Apex Green Roofs, Inc. - Somerville MA
Botanicals Nursery LLC - Wayland MA
Furbish Company, LLC - Baltimore MD
Intrinsic Landscaping, Inc. - Glenview IL
Roofmeadow - Philadelphia PA
Tecta America Corporation - Skokie IL
LiveRoof, LLC - United States
Sika Sarnafil Green Roofs at Work:
Oaklyn Branch Library, Evansville, IN - The Oaklyn Branch Library uses about the same amount of energy during the summer as the smaller building it replaced.
Chicago City Hall, Chicago, IL - Chicago City Hall's roof temperature accurately reflects the City's temperature during the summer while its neighbor's roof can reach nearly 160 degrees.
40 Years of Green Roof Experience
The most important function of a green roof is to keep the water out of the building. Sika Sarnafil's waterproofing Loose-Laid System was selected to protect the Chicago City Hall due to its proven performance on rooftops throughout Europe over the past three decades. The Sarnafil durable, highly puncture and root resistant membrane, along with our knowledgeable technical staff, gave the architects and planners confidence in their waterproofing system decision.
Sika Sarnafil membranes have passed the most stringent European test standards for root resistance including both the German FLL standard test and the Swiss SIA 280 material standard. The German FLL standard test is by far the most critical measurement, exposing the waterproofing membrane to four years of accelerated root growth. The SIA 280 material standard, although not of the same duration of the FLL test, exposes the waterproofing membrane to aggressive root exposure and uses bitumen as a comparative control. In both cases, Sarnafil membranes have proven to be superior to bitumen-based materials in both the laboratory, as well as in real world conditions.