Greenery hits the roof

Architect Andrew Franz created a living roof for one of his clients in New York. This house was bought six years ago for less than US$2 million and, after a renovation that included installing a green roof, was put up for sale for US$4 million.
This house was bought six years ago for less than US$2 million and, after a renovation that included installing a green roof, was put up for sale for US$4 million.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Rooftop gardens not only help lower energy costs but can also boost the value of homes

NEW YORK • Interest in outdoor gardens has gone through the roof in New York.

Over the past decade, hectares of living roofs have appeared, as commercial building owners transform their rooftops into meadows of wildflowers, sprawling beds of sedum and vegetable farms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline 'Greenery hits the roof'. Print Edition | Subscribe