Tips from the Tree People Centre: make a Green Roof!
The next time you feel like doing something nice for the planet take a trip to The Tree People Centre in Los Angeles says Michael Norton in his book 365 Ways to change the World.
Walk through it online and check out its many green features. You will find many easy tips to green your world!
Copy its ‘green roof’ planted with native vegetation which cools the home in summer.
It has a bicycle storage to coax cycle use.
A water harvesting storage tank to collect rainwater to use for your plants.
You can see low flow plumbing and waterless fixtures to reduce water use.
Renewal energy supply for half of the building’s energy consumption.
Recycled building materials, safer paints, carpents, sealants which improve indoor air quality.
Daylight illumination to reduce artificial light.
Learn how to save water: take a green buildings tour at: tours.virtuallygreen.com and ZED buildings at: www.zedfactory.com
Store your roof-water run off, or use it to recharge the groundwater. Why not install a composting toilet? Plant a garden on any flat roof and let the rain water it!