Portland Offers Incentives For Sustainable Roofing

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With the warmer, Spring-like temperatures approaching, higher cooling costs are a fact of life. Today, heating and cooling costs account for more than 40% of your home’s energy bill, with much of your heating and cooling costs unfortunately escaping through your roof. To offset the increasing cost of energy, energy efficient roofing, such as solar panel roofing, live roof systems, or the so-called “ecoroof” are gaining popularity. Many local Portland roofing contractors are now specializing in these eco-friendly roofing systems.

To capitalize on this environmentally friendly movement, the city of Portland is offering incentives to promote eco-friendly roofing. Builders and Home Owners can receive cash incentives of up to $5 per square foot for the installation of an eco-friendly roof. With an average installation cost of up to $5-$20 per square foot for a new ecoroof, many homeowners are expected to take advantage of this opportunity and opt for a new, sustainable roof.

Once you make the decision to invest in eco-friendly roofing, what are the options? The use of solar paneling is known as black roofing. In contrast, a green roof uses vegetation, grasses, shrubs and trees as an alternative to conventional roofing. An excellent example is an ecoroof project completed by Gresham Roofing in Portland,Or. The Sacramento Roof Project is a luxury condominium project with six 300-square-foot eco-roofs designed to grow plants.

Regardless of which direction you go, an ecoroof will likely increase the life of your roof two or three fold, adding insulation and reducing storm water runoff. The long term benefits of sustainable roofing include reduced energy consumption, fewer pollutants, improvements in air quality and lower heating and cooling costs.

The recent economic incentives make the future look bright for eco-friendly roofing and the industries that support them in Portland.

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Source by Jessica Rosales