Green Roof Resources and Incentives
What is a Green Roof?
A green roof is a roof that has been covered with living vegetation to provide stormwater management, cooling, natural habitat, and other benefits. Green roofs can be added to existing roofs, and can cover all or part of the roof. There are two general categories of green roofs:
Thinking of Developing a Green Roof?
The most cost-effective time to construct a green roof is during new construction or when the roof needs to be replaced. Constructing a green roof as part of a new construction or redevelopment project can help you comply with Philadelphia's stormwater management regulations. To read more about these regulations, visit Philadelphia Water's Plan Review website.
Before initiating a roof retrofit, you will need to determine the capacity of your building to sustain a green roof by hiring a licensed professional, such as a structural engineer or architect, to examine the existing roof structure. You will also need to acquire a building permit through the Department of Licenses & Inspections.