The Escambia County Central Office Complex, located at 3363 West Park Place, recently announced the completion of its 33,160-square-foot green roof, the largest in the State of Florida.
After receiving a $1.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the green roof was constructed to allow a layer of native vegetation to grow. The newly created project provides insulation which reduces heat transfer by up to 50 percent, contributing to an overall 22 percent reduction in energy usage. The vegetated roof also provides a natural mechanism to reduce pollutants that enter waterways through untreated stormwater and serves to store stormwater and treat it naturally through the evapotranspiration of plants.
The green roof is a part of 79,000-square-foot LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified building and will serve as a demonstration for Florida builders and contractors who may be interested in incorporating these low impact designs in to their projects.