Green Roof System Selected for Chattanooga City Council

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LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System Going Up for 5,260-Square-Foot Project

LiveRoof: Fully Mature Plants on the Day of Installation

The LiveRoof modules will be full of regionally adapted, locally grown plants

In December 2011, the Chattanooga City Council voted to authorize a green roof for the City Council Building. The green roof is part of a re-roof project for the building. The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System from LiveRoof, LLC (Spring Lake, Mich.) will be installed. Southeast Green Roofs, LLC (Fairview, Tenn.), a licensed regional grower and distributor for LiveRoof, has begun growing the plants in the LiveRoof modules.

“When we deliver the LiveRoof system for installation, the modules will be full of regionally adapted, locally grown plants that are lush and flourishing,” said Andy Sudbrock, plant ecologist, Southeast Green Roofs, LLC. “The plants, developed for their beauty and ability to thrive on the roof for decades with little maintenance, will be fully-grown and ready for the tough environment up on the rooftop. It will be a complete green roof on day one.”

According to Sudbrock, the green roof will provide substantial benefits, including improved stormwater management and extending the service life of the City Council Building’s new roof. “A green roof acts like a natural sponge and reduces the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff,” he said. “Green roof plants and soil also provide a protective shield for the roof itself. The new roof will last much longer.”

Reducing stormwater runoff is a priority for the City of Chattanooga. The tunnels of the City’s combined sanitary sewer and stormwater system lead into below ground caverns that in turn direct the flow to the Moccasin Bend Sewage Treatment Plant. During severe storms, excess runoff overflows and pollutes local creeks and the Tennessee River.

“Green infrastructure has more promise for revitalization of our impaired streams and waters while revitalizing our city than any prior approach,” said David Crockett, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Chattanooga. “Green roofs are one of the best examples with multiple positive outcomes.”

The LiveRoof system has been proven successful in the Chattanooga area. The Chattanooga Housing Authority installed LiveRoof in June 2011 for the 2,200-square-foot green roof at the Mary Walker Towers. Hamilton County Health Department used LiveRoof for its 1,500-square-foot green roof, completed in December 2011. The Creative Discovery Museum has a 3,800-square-foot LiveRoof green roof, installed in March 2010.

LiveRoof modules feature the Soil Elevator™ and Moisture Portal™, patent-pending innovations which establish a LiveRoof green roof as a unified, naturally functioning ecosystem. The Soil Elevator, a removable insert, lines the inside of modules so soil can be filled above the top. When the modules are installed side-by-side, and the Soil Elevators are removed, an uninterrupted layer of soil and vegetative surface then extends across the entire rooftop. The Moisture Portal™ is an opening on the sides of the modules and establishes soil-to-soil contact between them. Plant roots are free to grow in a natural way from one module to the next. This ecological integration between and above LiveRoof modules maximizes the cohesiveness of the soil and plant roots to optimize plant health, long-term green roof sustainability, and green roof benefits.

About Southeast Green Roofs, LLC

Southeast Green Roofs (SEGR) is the Licensed Regional Grower for the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System in Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Indiana. Specializing in drought tolerant native and adapted plants for green roof applications, SEGR provides successful and sustainable green roofs to clients throughout the region. A locally owned small business in Fairview, Tenn., Southeast Green Roofs prides itself on customer care and local horticultural expertise. For more information, visit or call 615-799-8719.

About LiveRoof

The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System ( is the industry’s most refined horticultural solution. LiveRoof modules establish a healthy, sustainable ecosystem on the rooftop to maximize membrane protection, energy savings, environmental benefits, and rooftop aesthetics. Licensed regional growers customize plant selection for every LiveRoof project. They deliver the modules abundantly vegetated with full-grown plants that have been selected, developed, and tested for beauty and the ability to thrive on the rooftop for decades. LiveRoof is simple to install. When installed, LiveRoof is an instant green roof with extensive coverage carpeting the rooftop. LiveRoof’s natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance with ultra-low maintenance costs. The proof is on the roof — showcased in over 600 LiveRoof installations that total more than two million square feet.

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