Project Green: Local building's roof goes green

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Posted on October 22, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 6:19 PM

(WHAS11) - In this week's Project Green we head up to the roof of the American Life and Accident Insurance building on Main Street.

The building was built in 1973 and was in need of a new roof. They had two choices; more tar and gravel to repair it or choose to go green.

"We are saving up to 80% runoff of these big rain storms and probably 70% of the a/c cost and it insulates the building against heat loss or heat evasion," says Nana Lampton, CEO of American Life and Accident.

Going green is not cheap.? The initial cost of a living roof is about 30% more.? But Lampton expects the roof to pay for itself in a few years with the money saved in heating and cooling the building.

This 17,000 square feet roof top is filled with hundreds of thousands of tiny water absorbing sedum plants.? From the sky it looks like a continuation of the Belvedere.? By adding more green to Louisville's concrete jungle, American Life is helping to reduce the urban heat island effect and their carbon footprint.

"All these green plants absorb carbon dioxide, that's their job to absorb it.? We can't have trees up here, but we can have a lot of sedum," says Lampton.

She hopes other companies will follow their lead and go green.

Lampton says, "If we had roofs all over the city that were green, we could cut down on this river valley carbon dioxide a great deal."

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