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Ford’s Green Roof Growing Strong 10 Years Later

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 22, 2013 01:01 AM
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by Nicholas Brown last modified Oct 21, 2013

Ford created a garden on the roof of its Dearborn truck factory. That was 10 years ago, when green roofs were unpopular in the U.S. (there were fewer than  50 at the time, according to Detroit Free Press). According to the same source, there are over 10,000 of them. Such an immense surge  in popularity! The post Ford’s Green Roof Growing Strong 10 Years Later appeared first on Green Building Elements .




 

 

Ford created a garden on the roof of its Dearborn truck factory.

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That was 10 years ago, when green roofs were unpopular in the U.S. (there were fewer than  50 at the time, according to Detroit Free Press). According to the same source, there are over 10,000 of them. Such an immense surge  in popularity!

A year ago, when a 2,500 square foot portion of the Ford headquarters needed to be redone, Ford resorted to water absorbing plants.

“Ford was incredibly courageous and forward thinking when they evaluated and moved forward with a green roof,” said Clayton Rugh, manager of Xero Flor America in Durham, N.C., whose parent company in Germany worked with Ford on the project. “They became a well-recognized pioneer.”

Other companies and places which installed green roofs include the Nintendo headquarters in Redmond (Washington), the Empire State Building, and a FedEx building at O’Hare International Airport.

Learn more about the history and details of Ford’s project.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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