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.

8 comments
  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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