Growing Grass Turns Roof Into a Lawn (Jan, 1933)

Growing Grass Turns Roof Into a Lawn

Covering a roof with growing grass might seem fantastic to most persons, but Louis Koefoed, an architect of East Rockaway, N.Y., has found it practical as well as decorative. Since he applied a roofing of sod over tar paper to his dwelling last fall he has experienced a welcome decline in his coal consumption. Moreover, he expects the heat-insulating covering to keep his home twenty degrees cooler next summer. Pipes along the peak of the roof spray the growing grass with water and keep the “lawn” roof green.

  1. Erika says: September 20, 20076:55 am

    I hope that roof was made to support the weight of the wet grass……love the idea though – I’ve only ever seen it on flat roofs, or on custom-designed houses….

    uh oh – did I just read ‘sod over tar paper’? what on earth happens in the event of a leak?

  2. Stannous says: September 20, 20075:25 pm

    And I think the frosty winters in Long Island would be a bit hard on that pipe.

  3. Rick Auricchio says: September 20, 20079:45 pm

    I like the way he has to mow the roof. Risky!

  4. Steve Z says: October 9, 200711:21 am

    Uh-0hh… would make a quite challenging GOLF terrain.

  5. Steve Z says: October 9, 200711:22 am

    Didn’t the Viking houses had the same idea already? For their pre-Columbus settlement of North America.

  6. NightRaven says: March 3, 20082:33 pm

    This is still quite common to see here in Norway, particularly on cabins, and I’ve seen it in Ireland as well. Ancient idea.

  7. Janice says: October 29, 20106:34 pm

    I bet he had one heck of a bug problem.

  8. Firebrand38 says: October 29, 20106:52 pm

    Janice: And he wouldn’t have DDT until six years later!

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