Green Roof Sprouts on Top of Whipple Annex

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TownOnline - Ipswich Chronicle October 19, 2006 by Natalie Miller

Green Roof Sprouts on Top of Whipple Annex

A thick layer of soil now covers the Whipple Annex roof. Come spring it will look more like a Chia Pet than a traditional roof.

The installation of a "green roof" on the soon-to-be senior housing complex at the Annex has been completed and will sprout this spring! The green roof is a joint effort by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and the North Shore Housing Trust, which purchased the building from the town.

Green roofs consist of a waterproof membrane, a water-storing drainage mat, light weight soil and hardy, drought tolernant plantings. The rainwater is absorbed and pollutants are filtered through the living plants before the water is returned to the ground.

The roof provides thermal insulation which helps decrease heating and cooling costs.

A green roof will outlast a traditional roof.

Town of Ipswich Oct 23, 2006 at 2:43 PM
Town Hall 978-356-6600