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Sloping Roofs Planted with Succulents Top Each Bancroft Green Townhome in Philly

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On May 11, 2011 @ 9:05 am In Architecture,Green Roof,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

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Bancroft Green was developed by the multi-talented Seibert brothers [1], G.C. and Scott, who are well-known on the Philly green home building scene. The sustainable-minded siblings scouted a series of vacant lots for the development, so the buildings serve as efficient urban infill [2] instead of taking up valuable land that could have been used for other purposes.

The verdant roof, which was designed and installed by Green Roof Works [3], acts as a barrier to UV rays, increasing the life of the roof, not to mention probably promoting the health and well-being of the residents who get to look at it everyday. Instead of lying flat, the sedum and succulent-planted plots are slanted towards each townhome, giving the illusion of a grassy green hill right outside the window. The plants also reduce heat-gain, keeping the homes cooler and capture storm-water runoff.

Inside the Bancroft, geothermal HVAC systems pump up energy-efficiency and push down owners’ electricity bills, something the Seibert brothers pride themselves on greatly. The homes also boast heat recovery ventilators, dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures. And to take it a step even further, the bricks for the facades and stoops are all re-used and even the rubber rooftop and backyard pavers are recycled [4] from old tires, and were produced locally in Lancaster County.

+ Green Roof Works [3]

+ Bancroft Green [5]

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[1] Seibert brothers: http://bancroftgreen.com/about-us/

[2] infill: http://inhabitat.com/the-grid-house-unlocked/gridhouse1/

[3] Green Roof Works: http://www.greenroofworks.com/

[4] recycled: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-materials

[5] + Bancroft Green: http://bancroftgreen.com/

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