Nearly as important is rooftop access. Many existing buildings only have some form of maintenance access, making converting the roof into a higher use difficult. Local laws also have a major impact on a roof’s potential. With the variety of rooftop enhancement options available, there’s likely at least one improvement that can be made for every building as long as you understand structural and legal limits.
Higher loads can support a wider array of rooftop uses. A green roof or rooftop garden can be surprisingly heavy, laden with soil and vegetation. Rooftops with lighter loads can still utilize things like lightweight solar panels or bee boxes for pollination. Amenities spaces like rooftop lounges, bars, and pools require public access, complicating rooftop design by necessitating guard rails and other safety measures. It’s also important to consider any work being done on the rooftop is going to come at a steep price. But with this price comes massive potential upside. A good rooftop pool can make headlines, drawing eyes to new developments. Studies have shown patrons tend to stay longer at rooftops venues. Green rooftops have been shown to reduce stormwater runoff and lower the urban heat island effect. Solar panels can augment energy costs, paying for themselves in less than five years. The right design can turn a rooftop into a building’s most defining feature. Need for Speed No Limits mod
“Over the past couple of years, owners and developers are incorporating rooftops as usable space in urban environments,” Furbish Director of Estimating Andrew Benenati said. Furbish designs and installs rooftops that give owners the benefit of green space and energy efficiency at the same time. “They want more roof spaces, amenities, trees, decks, a green roof that have four feet of soil to allow for plants to mature on the roof, Bocce courts. There’s a lot of potential to create amenity space, while still having environmental benefits. Buildings can achieve both things.”