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Garden Roofs

What are Garden Roofs?

Garden roofs incorporate vegetation on the roof’s surface. This can help to sustainably reduce stormwater runoff and combat the urban heat island phenomenon while also being aesthetically pleasing.


What is the urban heat island phenomenon?

Severe temperature increases have been observed in city centers. This is commonly known as the urban heat island phenomenon. This dome of heat creates an unhealthy environment of polluted air and smog.


Types of Garden Roofs

Intensive - Planned and designed roofs incorporating plants and shrubs with a minimal soil depth of six inches. Intensive garden roofs place a heavier weight load on the roof and require irrigation, fertilization and routine maintenance.

Extensive - Minimal weight load on the roof with a soil depth of three to six inches and the use of smaller plants. Extensive garden roofs also have lower maintenance, nutrient and irrigation requirements.

To learn more about your options for a garden roof, contact us today!

Photovoltaic Systems
Would you like to harness the power of the sun?

What is Photovoltaics?

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels are designed to produce electricity from exposure to the sun's radiant energy. This electricity is considered "free" electricity since no fuels are used to produce it. Silicon wafer semiconductors are exposed to the radiant energy of the sun and produce a small electrical current. To make enough power to be of significance, groups of these semiconductors are connected together in a panel. These panels are arranged in arrays so that the wattage produced is used to run equipment and other devices.

Photovoltaic

Potential savings when using Photovoltaics:

  • Federal Cash Grant or Investment Tax Credit
  • Local and State rebates available in certain markets
  • MACRS tax deduction (Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System)
  • REC's/SREC's/AEC (Renewal Energy Certificates/Solar Renewable Energy Certificates/Alternative Energy Certificates) which is the process of receiving certificates for creating your own power rather than drawing from the utility company
  • Federal Tax Incentive: Regional power companies may offer rebates for photovoltaic systems
  • For specific state incentives: www.dsireusa.org


In the correct conditions, your company could realize a photovoltaic system return on investment in as little as one year with an average return within 4-6 years. CentiMark can work with your organization to help you determine if a photovoltaic system is the route to pursue. It's easy to find out, just contact us for a free Photovoltaic Feasibility Study.

Let CentiMark demonstrate how photovoltaics might work for your facility. Contact us for a free Photovoltaic Feasibility Study.

Cool Roofs

What are Cool Roofs?

Cool Roofs use roofing materials that are highly reflective (also called high albedo roofs) of the sun's radiant heat. They may also have a high thermal emittance value. Thermal emittance is a measure of how much absorbed radiant energy is given off into the atmosphere - keeping the surface cooler as a result. These roofs can help combat the urban heat island phenomenon.


What is the urban heat island phenomenon?

Severe temperature increases have been observed in city centers. This is commonly known as the urban heat island phenomenon. This dome of heat creates an unhealthy environment of polluted air and smog.

CentiMark can help you determine if a cool roof is the best for your facility. Call us today!

Daylighting
Would you like to harness the power of the sun?

What is Daylighting?

Daylighting is a strategy that allows natural sunlight to illuminate the interior space of a building or facility without the need to rely exclusively on electrical lighting during the day. Commercial and industrial facilities with large flat roofs can benefit significantly from natural daylighting through the use of prismatic skylights and light tubes.


Benefits

  1. Energy savings
  2. Lowers greenhouse gas emissions and lessens pollution of air and water
  3. Aesthetically pleasing


Natural daylighting using prismatic skylights and light tubes generates almost no heat at all, which can cut down on a facility's use of electricity. Environmentally, daylighting reduces the load on power plants, lowers greenhouse gas emissions and lessens pollution of air and water, an associated by-product of generating electricity. The overall effect from natural daylighting is an aesthetically pleasing environment in which to live, work and interact that also helps manage the energy costs associated with maintaining your facility.

So… Are you ready to make the switch and go green? Contact CentiMark for a demonstration on how daylighting might work for your facility.