EcoBuilding Pulse’s hometown is alive with sustainable design. More than 1.2 million square feet of green—or, vegetative—roofing was installed in the Washington, D.C., metro area in 2014, making Washington the city with the most green-roof installations in North America, according to the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. This multimedia series features four of our favorite green roofs that capture a sense of the nation’s capital: The American Society of Landscape Architects, 360º H Street Northeast, Potomac Plaza Co-op Apartments, and the Embassy of France.
The popularity of green-roof installations in the nation’s capital is rising because in addition to helping to manage stormwater runoff and maintain a building’s indoor environmental quality, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) offers tax incentives through its Riversmart Rooftops program. In coordination with the local Anacostia Watershed Society, the program offers building owners $10 per square foot of base funding to upgrade to a green roof and up to $15 per square foot for properties located in targeted watershed regions.
“With the recent adoption of rigorous stormwater regulations, an innovative Stormwater Retention Credit Trading program, and other progressive green infrastructure policies, our nation’s capital is using public-private investment to accelerate change with a focus on restoring and protecting our natural resources,” said DDOE Director Tommy Wells in a press release from the DDOE about the city’s leading in green-roof installations.
The Green Roof at the American Society of Landscape Architects:
The Green Roof at 360degrees H Street Northeast:
The Green Roof at the Embassy of France:
The Green Roof at Potomac Plaza Apartments Co-op: