Sustainable Architecture Example: Eco-Friendly Roofs

By June 8, 2016Architecture

Our Las Vegas architecture firm is always looking for ways to increase the sustainability and style of buildings. Lately, we’ve pursued higher achievements in sustainable architecture—literally. We’ve seen a growing trend in eco-friendly roofs.

What are Eco-Friendly Roofs?

If you’ve ever noticed, conventional shingle roofs are dull. While we are happy to have one over us, they not particularly interesting to look at, flake off in the wind and rain and lie around all day. Worst of all, conventional roofs are often times looked over when they can be utilized for increasing the sustainability of homes.

You have many options in increasing the sustainability of your roof.

Recycled Shingles


Recycled shingles made from old tires

Traditional shingles are comprised of waste paper, wood and asphalt. To create new shingles, a company needs to cut down forests, utilize chemicals and create waste. Recycled shingles are the eco-friendly response to this. Instead of reducing the natural resources on the planet, recycled shingles are the repurposing of old shingles and waste products. Not only are they as durable as traditional shingles but look just good as traditional shingles.

Metal Roofing

While it may not be a good idea to sit on it in the summer, metal roofs are an excellent sustainable architecture example. Metal shingles are recycled metals and can last up to 50 years. This saves you money in maintenance. Additionally, metal roofs can add a modern look to house traditional shingles cannot.

Green Roofs

Green roofs are the more fascinating eco-friendly roofing option available to people. Instead of a basic, boring roof, you can grow an ecosystem. Popular in densely populated urban areas, green roofs are just as efficient as a traditional roof but provide a little sanctuary for plant life and being one with nature.

green roof in sustainable architecture

green roof in sustainable architecture

Looking to Go Green?

No one should wait to make the world a better place. If you are interested in adding sustainable architecture concepts to either your private or public works architecture project, contact SH Architecture today.


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  • Norma says:

    We’re planning to do some renovations and re-roofing to on our humble home, and we were discussing the idea of having a roof garden. It surely is a good idea and it will really fit in with our eco-friendly home redesign. Thanks for the ideas.

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