Garden roofs increase the value of a property. They also make things look aesthetically pleasing. If for example if a building is facing the roof of another adjacent building of you property and you can see the tar on that roof, it does not look all then great. This is especially true for hotel rooms or housing complexes facing the conventional or gravel roof tops.
Also, the federal government, counties, municipalities are giving many incentives for taking on such initiatives, Some of these initiatives include getting grants, tax breaks, and assistance programs, these can help off set the costs. However, with a green roof you save in the long run anyway. Each place has different programs so you would have to look into that.
Gardens enhance the quality of life. Research suggests that life is improved by exposure to the fresh air, Hospitals and healthcare institutions use natural environments use to help healing by its exposure. Gardens have traditionally been a place of respite, meditation, and refuge. A place to enhance oneself inwardly. Gardens can also supply natural, organic, and Non Genetically Modified organism (GMO). As an example, in the 1990s the city of Chicago’s department of environment began to promote green roofs. They did this by providing grants. So Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital got a grant. In July 2004, US News & World Report, cited Schwab hospital as one of the top U.S hospitals, referring to its therapeutic environment of green roofs as one of its main reasons. The hospital’s green roof is paved with a special a wide, gently graded walkway; the walkway is highly reflective of the sun’s heat– meeting the Energy Star requirements. The roof has an open joint assembly, which helps run the rain water towards the drainage below.
The roof has deep planting beds, trees, and beautiful running stream that is built up above the roof deck at the level of the soil on top. The roof is accessible from the therapy rooms. The therapists at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital have designed for sensory stimulation and for learning relaxation techniques. Patients in wheelchairs can plant flowers in wheelchair accessible flowerbeds. The tasks of planting, weeding, and watering improve manual dexterity and metal coordination. The staff members and the patients are very appreciative of the safe environment. Also, the ability to go outside, when patients in most hospitals get no outdoor and sun exposure which has its own health benefits. The idea of the green roof for hospitals is a natural way to save costs in energy, in drainage systems, and also provides therapeutic and recovery benefits to the patients of the hospital.
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