Build Your Green Roof with Sod, Turf, or Straw green-roof

earth_lodge_64As an alternative to conventional roofing, the idea of a green cover over a house can be very attractive. You might choose a living roof for aesthetic reasons, or to help buffer the building from the heat of summer sun, to grow flowers, herbs, or other edibles, or simply to blend the house with its environment.

Covering a roof with soil may be the most natural way of not wasting the earth removed by the imprint of a new house. Take the turf or sod removed from the ground while excavating and put it back on your roof; instead of robbing the earth of its potential lifeproducing surface you will actually contribute to the planet’s life equilibrium, which is increasingly debilitated by the constant spread of asphalt roads, parking lots, and tar-covered roofs. Putting your local soil back on the roof is like a lung transplant for your environment.

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Unstabilized Earthern Floor

Unstabilized Earthern Floor Using Road Base earthern-floor This technique by Frank Meyer is an alternate method for making earthen floors. Tamped earth floors dry much faster than poured adobe and also cracks less.

hartshouseby Frank Meyer

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Troy's Green Roof

troys_greenroof1I (the homeowner) have owned a roofing company for 15 years and after looking at 20,000 roofs I started to see that roofs that grew moss on them stopped aging.

I think all green roofs should have at least a 3/12 pitch to allow water to run off. When you put a green roof on a flat roof you first have to pay to install a good roof then gravel to allow for drainage that will require engineering. My roof has no roofing under it; it is 10 Lbs. per sq. ft., so no engineering.

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Building With Earth For Free


earth_lodge_11Building for free; a wonderful concept that can be put into practice by anyone looking to create shelter for man or animal. Homesteaders and people seeking a simpler life are amazingly ingenious at discovering alternatives to store bought, high priced, over- processed goods.

And the "waste" generated by our consumerist culture makes for a happy hunting ground across the entire country. Most of us know how to scrounge for windows and doors, recycle, and barter for used cabinets, fixtures, yard sale and demolition materials. But beyond that are truly free building materials generated by the Earth herself.

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Green Roof Installation

earth_lodge_84This is a 200 square foot residential Green Roof installation completed in the spring of 2009 in Lancaster County PA.  The structure was engineered to handle a weight load of up to 50 lbs per square foot.  The system installed is a LiveRoof  modular system that should soak up 99% of the first of rain.  www.liveroof.com

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