France Leading the Way in Environmentally Conscious Roofing Legislature
As of last Thursday, March 19th, France passed into effect a law that poses some unique requirements to the roofing community. All rooftops in commercial zones enacted after this date must be either partially covered in plants or solar panels. This environmental legislation was proposed by the large body of environmental activists in France, and passed though the parliament. The approved law is far more limited in scope, but is still groundbreaking in its attempt to render the city more conscious of the environmental repercussions it is posing.
Why Green Roofs?
These “Green Roofs” are popular in Germany and Australia. In the city of Toronto, Canada they adopted a law mandating this roof style in 2009. With others jumping on board, the question is raised of what is so special about these roofs. First, they have an isolating effect which significantly helps in regards to reducing energy needs and costs. With such a roof installed, the energy needed to heat a building in the winter and cool it in the summer is substantially lower and therefore reduces the city’s carbon footprint year-round. Next, such cool roofs retain rainwater and consequently reduce problems with runoff. Additionally, ecologists vouch for this system, saying it favors biodiversity and provides birds with a place to nest in the urban jungle. Though environmentalists were vying for legislature much larger in scope, parliament accepted the idea for commercial buildings only. The law was also geared in a way to make it less cumbersome to business owners by only requiring part of the roof to be covered by plants, and giving the choice between plants or solar panels to generate electricity instead. What an interesting and inventive piece of legislature! We cannot wait to see the positive effects exemplified in the country following this law.
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Here at Chase Construction NW, INC, we are excited for the alignment of top quality roofing with the sustainment of our environment, and believe in the indispensable power that our natural surroundings hold. When you are in the market for your next roofing project, think of Chase Construction Northwest, Inc. We have been a trusted and esteemed partner for the greater Seattle area for 13 years and our dedication to excellence stands above the rest. Our referrals shine a light on our customer driven operations and capable work crew. We have received a 4.5 star rating stemming from our many customer report sites such as BBB, Google, and GAF. Our commitment to a higher standard deemed us worthy of the aspired GAF Master Elite status. We are one ofonly 12 Master Elite contractors in Western Washington as well as one of the few GAF Master low slope installers for flat roofing applications. We are also an IKO ShieldPro Plus roofing contractor. You can trust Chase Construction Northwest, Inc. with your residential re-roofs and your large flat commercial projects. You can contact us today to schedule your free estimate at 253-445-8950 or by filling out our free estimate form. Thank you for visiting our website and considering us for your next project!