The West Side’s sprawling Jacob Javits Convention Center is soon to become home to one of New York’s largest green roof systems. Durham-based company Xero Flor has been called in to transform the roof into an energy-saving green haven. The plan is to cover the 292,000 square foot roof with grassy sedum grown on a farm in upstate New York.
Xero Flor’s green roofs support local and independent farmers all over the country, and grow their grassy greenery to maturity for 9 to 12 months before installing them on clients’ rooftops. Founded by Dr. Clayton Rugh, Xero Flor is a multi-layer system that combines sod, dirt, seed and fertilizer with energy-saving technology.
Once installed, the green roof system will save the Javits Center heaps in energy costs each year. Since the sod system acts like a giant sponge, it will absorb and divert a whopping 6.8 million gallons of water per year, helping to prevent flooding along the West Side. The green roof will also insulate the massive convention center, keeping heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter.
Aside from all the climate control and energy benefits, the planted surface will also help the roof of the Javit Center last much longer, safeguarding it from weather-related wear and tear- and also serve as inspiration for other buildings in Manhattan!
Via Wral Techwire