Green Roofs Embrace Renewable Solar Energy

Green Roof Technology has announced the “Sun-Root” solar-living roof system, the first fully integrated, non-penetrative solar and extensive green roof system in North America.

The “Sun-Root” living roof system is the most advanced green roofing technology available on the market. The “Sun-Root” living roof system was unveiled for the first time in North America on November 30, 2011 at CitiesAlive 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.

Green Roof Technology has been at the forefront of green roof innovations for over three decades and remains the leading authority on green roofs in North America. With unsurpassed experience, Jorg Breuning, Principal of Green Roof Service LLC, and his dedicated team of green roof experts are proud to once again push the North American industry to new heights.

“The ‘Sun-Root’ living roof system is a breakthrough in green technology,” said Kat Harrold, Green Roof Technology’s senior green roof designer.

“The combination of solar and green roofing technologies produces a harmonious system that benefits each technology equally.”

The “Sun-Root” living green roof system optimizes photovoltaic (PV) element energy production by creating a cooler surrounding micro-climate through evaporation and evapotranspiration. “Heat is the enemy of energy production,” said Jorg Breuning.

“Any time atmospheric temperatures on a roof begin to rise PV elements lose their efficiency and can shut down if temperatures rise too high. “We sought a way to counteract this negative phenomenon by combining solar modules with an extensive green roof. People have been using green roofs for centuries to keep their roofs cool in the summers and warmer in the winter. It was a no-brainer combination.”