Friday, April 15, 2016
Barry Grummer worked in a variety of contracting and construction positions before taking a job as a mechanical assistant in the company he would later co-own. Currently the president of KR&R, a restoration and roofing business in New York City, Barry Grummer keeps up to date on his interests in contemporary home improvements, such as green roofs.
Green roofs are an environmentally friendly way for homeowners to make the most of their property. When properly constructed, they can reduce energy bills and the need for costly drainage systems, and provide a beautiful escape from daily life.
Though they may sometimes be overlooked by people on the ground, a number of well-known buildings in North America sport green roofs that soar high above the streets.
One of the most famous architectural structures, the Empire State Building, has four green roofs that total almost 1,000 square feet of green space. The park, which is almost 1,500 feet above street-level, was created in 2011.
The California Academy of Science in San Francisco focuses on sustainability in its courses. It lives its teachings through the unique, hilly landscape on its roof, that is home to a variety of wildlife.
In Chicago, the green roof that makes up Millennium Park spans just over 24 acres. Developed in 2004, the park provides a beautiful outdoor environment to visitors, and is home to many architectural and sculptural artworks.