So I found this article about "earth-sheltered homes." Let me just say, it is not easy to find a good real estate article or at least one that holds my interest.
Anyway, this article talks about "green" housing, specifically focusing on a "living-roof." I liked this article because the idea very original, this specific design is very unique, and the functionality is awesome. The article is about 5 pages in length, but is an easy read...easily skimmed and absorbed.
• Longevity for one, this roof provides protection against conditions that damage exposed roofing over time.
• Insulation as well, soil with vegetation keeps the home warmer in the winter. The provided insulation lowers heating costs.
• Cooling is also a plus. The shade from the plants and the evaporation of moisture on the roof keeps the home cooler. This effect, like the insulation factor, lowers cooling costs in the summer.
• Protection from fire, radiation, and sound is a product of the roof. Adding the soil and vegetation to the sidewalls of the home can also provide protection against earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
You may want to see the photo gallery for this article.
• Aesthetics are a huge part of what make a "living-roof" such an attractive option. Aside from the basics, the roof can be given a personal touch when choosing the vegetation scheme. This would be a great addition to any home, but especially to someone with a love for gardening.
I really do not think there is a downside to one of these "living-roofs." Once the roof is built, you could probably do the landscaping work yourself and save a lot of money. Also, you could change the look of the roof every year if you wanted. Personally, I would like a palm tree on my roof.
I hope everyone will read the article and I would love to hear any similar "green" housing ideas. That is, after all, the direction things seem to be heading.
Talk to you all soon,