An Affordable Green Roof

http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/earthbag-green-roof.aspx

 

earthbag green roof 
  PHOTO BY OWEN GEIGER
 

 

Owen Geiger of Earthbagbuilding.com built an earthbag dome with a green roof and wrote an article about it for Mother Earth News. Green roofs have several positive aspects:

  • They retain water from precipitation instead of creating problems with runoff.
  • They reduce the cooling load on a building and reduce the "heat island effect" in cities.
  • They provide extra insulation.

The Huffington Post asked readers to submit photos of green roofs. Geiger submitted a photo of the earthbag dome, and it made the top 10! Now it's time to make it No. 1! You can vote for your favorite here (hint: the earthbag dome is photo No. 9).

Earthbag construction is a low-cost method of making sturdy, long-lasting buildings. The do-it-yourself article explaining the process of this method is scheduled for the August/September 2009 issue of Mother Earth News.