GREEN TECHNOLOGY: It pays to have green rooftops
GREEN rooftops are mandatory in new buildings in Toronto, Canada, and encouraged in many other countries.
Some countries have created new industries and entrepreneurs who utilise the roof for growing flowers, vegetables and spices. What started out as an innovative idea to reduce heat and combat other climate-change problems has now become an economic activity.
Technical professionals, such as architects, engineers, and agriculturalists, must adopt these new ideas in their designs.
Many countries, such as Singapore, are providing incentives, and this has resulted in many public and private buildings incorporating features to green the concrete buildings and thus, help lower the temperature, clear the air, and reduce the need for expensive and polluting power.
Financial professionals have a role to play to encourage the adoption and expansion of these new innovations, which can result in overall cost reductions in the long run.