Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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A 50% credit against stormwater usage fees was given to properties in Minneapolis that improved stormwater management systems, which includes green roof installations. Nashville, Tennessee, reduced a building's sewer fees by $10 per square foot of green roof. The Green Roof Tax Abatement Program in New York City offerd $4.50 per square foot of area, up to a maximum of $100,000 for a given project. Government entities in Ohio received below market rate loans for the design and construction of green infrastructure on economic development projects. Expedited permitting and low rate loans with longer payback periods were made available, through the Properly Assessed Clean Energy program, to San Francisco commercial developments that included vegetated roofs. And in Washington, D.C., rebates for eligible green roof construction ranged from $7 to $10 per square foot. Mandating Green Construction San Francisco was the first place in the U.S. to enact a law calling for green roofs - requiring between 15 to 30 percent of a roof's area on most new building projects to be planted with vegetation, installed with solar panels, or a combination of both. In 2017, voters in the city of Denver passed an initiative that required green roofs on new Above: At the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful headquarters, the green roof system was designed with a high- efficiency irrigation system. Once the plants are established, the roof requires as little as 50 gallons of water each day, even during the hottest, driest weather, to thrive. 52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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