The SkyScape vegetative roof system from Firestone Building Products features double interlocking trays that are easy to install and maintain, and have integrated irrigation and erosion control that promote air flow to keep plants healthy. SkyScape offers two planting options (modular trays and a multilayered system). Plants arrive on the job site ready to be installed in preplanted trays, as vegetative plugs or tile mats, or as cuttings that can be hydroplanted. The system also provides an insulating layer that improves heating and cooling efficiency, protects roofing material from UV and heat stress degradation, improves stormwater management, and shields the roof from wind and hail damage. www.firestonebpco.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.