Ecoroofs can save money

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Rooftop plants can save businesses money by doubling the life of a roof and reducing energy and maintenance costs.

This economical incentive is helping to fuel the ecoroof trend, with 22 ecoroof projects totaling 2.8 acres winning approval for city grants in Portland since 2008.

The program's goal is to fund 43 acres for $6.5 million by 2013, diverting 17.6 million gallons of precipitation from the city storm water utility to save roughly $9 million in upgrades and maintenance. It has awarded $1.3 million to help install 98 ecoroofs around Portland in two years, totaling 6.12 acres between business, institutions and residences.

Participating businesses have included apartment buildings like the 1200 Building, as well as mixed-use developments like newly constructed Tabor Commons at Southeast 57th Avenue and Division Street, hospitality operations like the Hawthorne Hostel at 3031 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., and restaurant ¿Por Que No? at 3524 N. Mississippi St.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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