Ecoroof industry grows


Portland’s ecoroof industry is expanding and becoming more affordable, due in part to the city’s incentive program.

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Portland’s ecoroof industry is expanding and becoming more affordable, due in part to the city’s incentive program.

The goals were all in the crosshairs when the City of Portland began providing incentives for green roof construction in 2008. Setting sights on funding 43 acres of ecoroofs for $6.5 million by 2013, the “Gray to Green” program was designed to divert 17.6 million gallons of precipitation from the city storm water utility and save it roughly $9 million in upgrades and maintenance. The program provides grants of $5 per square foot toward the cost of ecoroof construction.

Its creators hoped the incentives would have the added benefit of helping Portland become a learning center for ecoroofs, building a new industry around local expertise for such projects and branding Portland as a pacesetter for similar policies internationally.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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