For those of you looking to remodel your homes with sustainability in mind, these roof designs by up-and-coming architect William McDonough (of Cradle-to-Cradle fame) might just might be the next big thing. Already lauded for their multiple environmental-friendly uses (providing insulation, habitat, and storm-water management), McDonough is determined to take his green roof designs to the corporate world.
Check out this McDonough design for Ford:
The only downside is that the price tag is still a bit on the hefty side: McDonough put together this Ford design for $13 million, and green roofs typically cost about $8-$10 per square foot (vs. $4-$6 for a typical tar roof). Tax incentives and requirements that buildings using city financing must have green roofs have increased their popularity in urban centers (like Chicago), but for the present, you’re still more likely to see vegetation in corporate/business districts than private homes.