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Constructing green roofs with Icynene improves quality of city life

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Constructing green roofs with Icynene improves quality of city life

Building a rooftop garden is one of the best ways to put Icynene spray foam insulation to work in green building projects for both residential and commercial use. This unique roof structure has a variety of benefits for improving the usability of the space, enhancing water runoff control and even providing health benefits to residents or office workers. Using Icynene will ensure that these flat roofs remain watertight, maintain internal climate control and enhance the overall efficiency of the building.

Finding the value in Icynene rooftop structures
The main purpose of green roof elements is to help control water on flat roofs. This is a common building feature in commercial structures, as well as buildings in certain parts of the world that are more accommodated by hot temperatures much of the year and therefore don't require hipped roofs. Installing a flat roof on its own can sometimes result in significant maintenance and drainage issues, factors that the installation of green elements will remove. Using Icynene products within a green roof system can help enhance the effects of green roof benefits even further by making the building process more efficient and ensuring that results will last for years.

A green roof works by adding garden elements around the top level of a structure. These plants assist in soaking up rain water, depleting heat factors that might serve as a detriment to the roof and blocking winds and debris that might otherwise blow onto the surface. Adding spray foam insulation to the decking of these structures allows the building to retain heating and cooling regularity, assisted in part by the addition of green elements to the roof. Icynene spray foam insulation can help address drainage issues in commercial and residential structures, increasing savings to heating and cooling bills by up to 50 percent^. As a product that is known for helping reduce moisture retention and helping buildings avoid incurring water damage, the effect of adding green spaces to Icynene-inforced flat roofs makes it an ideal mix for providing the best return on investment possible for organizations.

Additional health benefits from Icynene installations
Green roof projects are ideal for buildings that have a flat roof surface. Some parts of the world are more friendly toward these types of designs, but even in colder climates, adding a rooftop space to a commercial or residential structure can give that unit extra value. What's more, the addition of green elements can make employees work harder and residents feel better overall. A study by the European Center for Environment and Human Health found that people with access to green spaces expressed better physical and mental wellbeing than those who lived or worked in areas with less access to such natural elements.

Icynene's unique installation process is very consumer-friendly thanks to its unique application techniques. Using water-propelled instead of chemically aided installation methods makes most of Icynene's spray foams a great option for roof gardens, since it is less likely to have any negative feedback on plants through leaching or runoff. What's more, the added value a homeowner can enjoy through adding a green space to an otherwise empty roof is boosted by the fact that Icynene products will ensure no negative effects are felt on heating and cooling bills.

With Icynene, dangers of energy waste and respiratory issues are reduced, as this spray foam insulation allows you to feel a difference every day - in your home and in your pocketbook. Using Icynene spray foam to reinforce green roof spaces will add value to these structures in multiple ways, making it a desirable addition to any building project. 

^ Savings vary. Find out why in the seller's fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.

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