LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System Can Help Building Projects Earn LEED® Credits in Categories Worth 20 or More Points

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LiveRoof, the Green Roof Solution that Establishes a Naturally Functioning Ecosystem with Thriving, Full-grown Plants, Contributes to LEED Green Building Certification

LiveRoof®, LLC, the horticultural experts in the green roof industry, announced that the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System can contribute to projects earning LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits in categories worth twenty or more points. The LiveRoof system is the most advanced and horticulturally sound green roof solution. LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a green building certification program that encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices.

"LiveRoof goes above and beyond for LEED," said Dave MacKenzie, horticulturalist and president of LiveRoof, LLC. "Our modules are made in 100 percent recycled material, and we have a national network of regional growers for sourcing our soil and plants. That's why LiveRoof can generally have more impact on LEED credits than other green roof systems."

LiveRoof can help projects achieve LEED credits in several categories, including:

SUSTAINABLE SITES

Protect or Restore Habitat and Maximize Open Space: SS 5.1 Site Development, Protect or Restore Habitat (1 point) and SS 5.2 Site Development, Maximize Open Space (1 point)

Storm Water Design: SS 6.1 Quantity Control (1 point) and SS 6.2 Quantity Control (one point)

Heat Island Effect: SS 7.1 Heat Island Effect - Non-Roof (1 point) and SS 7.2 Heat Island Effect - Roof (1 point)

WATER EFFICIENCY

Water-Efficient Landscaping: WE 1.1 Reduce by 50 percent (2 points) and WE 1.3 No Potable Water Use or No Irrigation (2 points)

ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE

Optimize Energy Performance: EA 1.1 to 1.19 (1 to 19 points)

MATERIALS & RESOURCES

Construction Waste Management: MR 2 (1 or 2 points)

Recycled Content: MR 4.1-4.2 (1 or 2 points)

Regional Materials: MR 5.1-5.2 (1 or 2 points)

Rapidly Renewable Materials: MR 6 (1 point)

"For some projects, LiveRoof may contribute for Innovation in Design credits, such as Plant Preservation and Restorative Use of Vegetative Waste," said Shannan Gibb-Randall, landscape architect, InSite Design Studio, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich. "And up to four points are possible in Regional Priority for having a green roof."

With LEED, so much depends on the size of the green roof and the extent to which different defined features are integrated into overall building design," said Teresa A. Nelson, ASLA, LEED AP, Roof Top Sedums, LLC, Davenport, Iowa. "That said, LiveRoof can contribute in categories for 20 or more LEED points."

About LiveRoof®, LLC

LiveRoof, LLC (http://www.liveroof.com) is the horticultural science company that developed the LiveRoof® Hybrid System: the only green roof solution installed as a naturally functioning ecosystem with thriving, fully mature plants. Combining the best elements of proven green roof technologies, LiveRoof establishes a seamless vegetative surface rooted in a continuous layer of soil. This design maximizes environmental benefits, energy savings and rooftop aesthetics. Regional growers in its national network adapt LiveRoof plants for local conditions and customize plant selection for every project. LiveRoof's natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance at the lowest level of acquisition-installation-maturation-maintenance costs. The proof is on the roof -- showcased in LiveRoof projects that stand out as signature elements on commercial, public, university and school buildings in more than two dozen states and Canada.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council

NOTE: LiveRoof is exhibiting at RCI's 26th International Convention & Trade Show, April 8-10, 2011, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nev. LiveRoof will be at booth #224. The company is also exhibiting at the School & College Building Expo, April 12-13, 2011, Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill. LiveRoof will be at booth #314.

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