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GreenRoofs in Phoenix
Inmany parts around the world, humans have effectively enhanced theenergy efficiency in their buildings, whether commercial orresidential (Holt, 2014 Tassicker, Rahnamayiezekavat, &Sutrisna, 2016). The installation of rooftop vegetation, commonlyknown as the green roof, is one such initiative adopted by manypeople. Unfortunately, there have been limited research studies onthe significance of the green roofing in arid areas where thepotential to save energy is valuable (Williams, Lundholm, &MacIvor, 2014).
Thesisstatement: Green roof technology is a suitable housing technology in the hotand arid parts around the world, for instance, Phoenix, as it aids insaving energy costs through cooling houses naturally. The featuremakes the residences in the region habitable during the scorchingsummers.
Phoenixis a populous city in Arizona, with over 1.5 million residents. It isalso regarded as the Valley of the Sun due to the high temperatures(La Roche & Berardi, 2014). Specifically, it has a subtropicaldesert climate. The area has previously been dependent on agricultureand mineral resources (Yaghoobian, & Srebric, 2015). However, theemergence of high-tech industries has changed the economic forces inthe area. One notable change was the utilization of air-conditioningapproach to cool the residential areas. Most residences are notcomfortable for habitation during the hot summers (Rowe, 2011). Assuch, there is a great need for the residents and local authoritiesto implement better approaches that will enhance the comfort of theinhabitants. Besides, sustainability and environmental conservationhave become essential in the current society. The effectiveness ofgreen roofs in hot areas such as Phoenix requires the utilization ofscaled model buildings within a controlled physical environment(Whittinghill, Rowe, Andresen, & Cregg, 2015).
Greenroofing in Phoenix is an essential stride towards improving thehabitation of the area. The move would allow the productivity ofresidents in economic activities throughout the year. The greenalternative has numerous benefits to the residents (Salamanca et al.,2016). The approach will assist in getting the right figuresregarding the energy-saving. It will also provide the platform forfull-scale usage in green roof establishment.
Agreen roof can aid in the cooling of houses even during the hottestsummers. In fact, Berardi and GhaffarianHoseini (2014) indicate thatthe approach can help the roofs to stay at least fifty degrees coolerthan the average hot sun temperatures. Madumadhi et al. (2016)suggest that a vegetative roof lowers the temperature absorbed by aconcrete rooftop. Cool rooms are habitable to humans hence, the needto consider the option. Maintaining rooms at cooler temperaturesallow residents to conserve their food items. The interior comfort,furthermore, is significantly improved as the residents can live inthe rooms at the pleasant temperatures (Veisten et al., 2012).Moreover, cool spaces reduce the propensity of health conditions suchas skin rashes that are caused by excess heat.
Still,Behm (2011) reveals that green roofs reduce the energy costs. Peopleliving in hot rooms are required to use gadgets that reducetemperatures through air-conditioning. As such, it is clear that themethod has numerous benefits not just on energy conservation but alsoon cost reduction for maintaining a house (Porsche & Köhler,2013). The residents can contribute to energy conservation by usinggreen roofs advocated by researchers. Also, green roofs aid in thereduction of ‘heat island’ impact, which is a resultant effect onthe weather conditions in the area (Madhumathi, Radhakrishnan, &Shanthipriya, 2016). Additionally, the roofing is reasonably pricedhence, accessible to people across all economic classes (Francis &Lorimer, 2011).
Intheir study, Li and Yeung (2014) assert that the introduction ofgreen roofs enriches the urban biodiversity. Such designs alsopromote urban biodiversity by bringing together the fragmentedhabitats. The inaccessibility of green roofs to the public makes itpossible for different species of birds, insects, and microorganismsto have an undisturbed habitat (Middel, Chhetri, & Quay, 2015).Green roofs have the potential of reducing noise pollution. Dzhambovand Dimitrova (2014) reveal that green roofs are cheaper and naturalthan materials such as metal, concrete, and plastic. It is alsonoteworthy that vegetation has an impact on the manner in whichpeople perceive sound in urban settings, as it appears to alter itsphysical properties. Tolderlund (2016) also argues that a buildingcan conform to the appropriate sound quality levels by having a greenroof as it reduces the noise levels. Green roofs also have the socialbenefit of promoting urban agriculture in areas where food productsare less available, particularly in arid areas such as Phoenix.Berardi and GhaffarianHoseini (2014) propose that the installation ofgreen roofs enhances urban agriculture as they are mostly suitablefor vegetable production.
Inconclusion, with the green roofing technology, homeowners enjoybetter experiences, including environment-friendly setting. In thewake of environment awareness, green roofing is friendly to theenvironment. Care for the environment is essential in thecontemporary society. Less carbon footprint is emitted from thehouses. Less energy is required compared to the normal houses hencemaking the houses adaptable for green energy. Residents using greenroofing technology serve a significant purpose in the contemporarysociety, particularly in the conservation of the environment andnatural resources. It is, thus, appropriate for the local authoritiesand residents in Phoenix to adopt the green roofing technology toassist in energy-saving and cooling of homes. An effective masterplan is necessary for the implementation of the scheme in bothresidential and commercial buildings throughout the Phoenix City.
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