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Green Team at Green Roof Technology, - Friday, July 22, 2016

 

Does this ever happen in North America?

While in North America the average size of Green Roof is around 8,000sf this size would be considered a small size Green Roof in Germany. The average size in Germany is likely over 25,000 sf and the amount of Green Roofs build every year is probably 10 times higher.

Despite higher energy costs, the costs for the installation are lower in Germany because they build them in less than the half time, with fewer people, with hardly any middle men, without pre-planted plastic boxes and without consistently reinventing the wheel.  They don’t try to sell warranties – they are actually installing Green Roofs. They also spend no or less time posting their projects on all social platforms and don’t need to say this is the biggest, nicest, most divers, highest or any other superlatives.

They just do it because they understood the environmental and social benefits of Green Roof mass production instead of trying to grow one carrot in a city for millions of people just to be on TV. Green Roofs in Germany are done for everybody vs. in North America it is often done for personal vanity.

16 years of North American Green Roof industry and still researching? When does North America think big?  

The Time is Right for a Natural Swimming Pool

Green Team at Green Roof Technology, - Tuesday, May 21, 2013

by Andrew Yanders

Another beautiful weekend has passed us by.  The sun was shining high in the sky and it was very warm, bordering on hot.  Thankfully Memorial Day is just around the corner and pools all across the country will be opening.  Cooling off will simply be a dip away.

Like many of my friends, traditional chlorine pools no longer interest me in the least.  They are actually a thing to be avoided.  I am lucky to be from central Pennsylvania where fresh mountain-fed streams and lakes are abundant.  Whenever I’m home in the summer, my first thought it to go to the mountains and find an ice cold stream or ‘dam’ to swim and relax in.  The water is refreshing and the complete immersion into nature is just what the soul requires. 

Unfortunately, this level of natural luxury isn’t available to all, whether due to geography or downstream pollution.  For those who do not have easy access to streams and lakes, a natural swimming pool is the next best thing.  Natural swimming pools can be designed for sizes ranging from single-family backyards to public town pools. 

Natural swimming pools are a careful orchestration of various plant types that work together to filter the water to pristine levels.  This system is cared for much like a water garden and is great for those with sensitivity to chlorine.  Natural swimming pools are naturally filtered and cleaned, providing an unparalleled swimming experience in the comfort of your own garden

These fantastic pools are stunning all year round, during the winter they can freeze without a problem and during the spring and summer the plants put on a glorious display of blooms.


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