- OCTOBER 29, 2003
Tom and Anne Woiwode hired an architect to plant pink, green and white
flowers on the roof of their home in Okemos. Six hundred square feet
of the couple’s roof is now inhabited by plants, making it the
first “green roof” in mid-Michigan. Grass roofs cool the
interior of a building by absorbing the sun’s energy, which reduces
the cost of air conditioning by about five percent. They also retain
up to 60 percent of rainwater.
McDonough and Partners
River Rouge Ford plant in Dearborn is the first of its kind to utilize
“green roof” technology.
like the Woiwode’s roof will be featured in an upcoming Green
Building conference and expo. The event is organized by the Mid-Michigan
Environmental Action Council, and will show how green building technologies
can create environmentally friendly homes. The event will take place
on Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center in
According to a 2001 study by Professional Builder Magazine, eight in
10 consumers now say that new homes being built today do not meet their
demands for sustaining the environment.
The conference’s keynote speaker, Paul Majka, will explain how
to balance energy efficiency and indoor air quality, while still controlling
moisture in your home. Majka is a Building Performance Trainer from
Shelter Source, a building diagnostics and research company in Minneapolis.
Breakout sessions will include presentations on how to market energy-efficient,
healthy homes, Energy Star ratings for homes, the American Lung Association’s
Healthy House Program, and on other challenges facing Michigan builders
such as mold, sound and energy. The expo area will feature vendors of
energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building products, materials
and service trades.
The registration fee of $35 ($20 for students) includes entrance to
all sessions, conference materials, continental breakfast and a buffet
lunch. For registration, contact the Greater Lansing Home Builders Association,
at (517) 323 3254 or go to www.glhba.org.
– Daniel Sturm
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