Green roofs may be pretty but they are a plaintiff construction lawyer’s dream come true. Many of them leak or contribute to indoor air quality issues and the growth of mold. Commercial insurers- including Zurich- are taking note, and advising their insureds to make sure that their green roofs are being properly maintained and were installed as required in the first place. Over at gbNYC, we pointed out an article in Property Week magazine that quoted a Zurich consultant noting these concerns. Part of the solution, as always, is to consider a comprehensive risk management program in advance of a green project designed to mitigate non-traditional sources of risk unanticipated by the project team.
Some major insurers are becoming increasingly concerned about risks arising out of green roofs drying out and becoming flammable, particularly in connection with scholastic installations.
In good news for green building across Kings County, Brooklyn has placed fourth on a recent list of cities ranked by square footage of green roofs.
Green Roofs, Cool CitiesUploaded by RiverWired I wrote about how Queens is leading the charge to green New York City’s rooftops earlier this year, so I’m pleased to see that Vanessa Rae and the folks at RiverWired’s weekly Pulse video podcast have put together a terrific production about Gotham’s green roofs focused primarily around the […]
Earlier this week, I received a press release describing the launch of a new solar roofing company called DRI Energy (announced yesterday). A subsidiary of one of the larger roofing contractors out West (the DRI Companies), the new venture will assist clients in each step of solar installation, from concept through engineering and financing, as […]
New York City-based Pantheon Properties, which owns nine industrial buildings in the New York area (mostly in North Jersey, the image to the left is of a property in Bayonne) and Florida, will retrofit its portfolio to green standards over the course of the next twenty-four months. Moreover, it will now evaluate future acquisitions based […]
While (some of us anxiously) wait and see if the Mets’ CitiField will join the new ballpark in Washington for the Nationals in seeking LEED certification, a variety of other ambitious green projects are either underway or in the works over in Queens. The Queens Botanical Garden The first, the Queens Botantical Garden’s Sustainable Landscapes […]