France to have rooftops covered in plants or solar panels
France is officially going vert! French parliament just approved a law mandating all new buildings in commercial zones to be partially covered in plants or solar panels making the country more eco-friendly.
According the The Guardian, the law is a limited version of the plan put forth by environmentalist s in France who wanted the entire roof of any new commercial building covered. Business owners will be able to choose between the panels or plants based on their needs and preferences.
European Federation of Green Roof Associations believes the environmentally sound roofs will improve air quality, boost biodiversity and wildlife, conserve energy and even store water during a rainstorm.
Germany is currently the world leader in green roof technology. According to stats from the United Nations University, the country is increasing the usage of green roofs by 10 to 15 percent each year.
Last year Tree Hugger reported that the Big Apple was turning to green roofs to mitigate sewage overflow. Brooklyn Grange, a massive rooftop garden in NYC, singlehandedly keeps millions of gallons of water out of the city's ancient sewage system.
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