County Green Roof Wins Community Award
January 8, 2009
Fairfax County’s green roof on the Herrity Building parking garage was given an award today by the board of directors of the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia. The group lauded the county for its “imaginative innovation” for creating this demonstration project.
The award recognizes projects that merit special recognition for improving the overall appearance of the community and the Northern Virginia region.
This green roof will help the county better design eco-friendly roofs in the future. Green roofs, which are gardens planted on top of buildings and garages, produce many environmental benefits. A green roof reduces stormwater runoff, keeps buildings cooler in the summer and absorbs air pollutants.
This demonstration project also directly supports the county’s green building policy adopted last year. The policy requires that county buildings be constructed to meet minimum green building standards, if not exceed them.
The green roof will be monitored to see how much stormwater volume and related pollutants it absorbs. It will be compared against an unplanted area on the opposite side of the garage.
For more information about this project, contact Irene Haske, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Stormwater Management Division, at 703-324-5821, TTY 711.
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