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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

By: for collective-evolution.com on April 2, 2015
World News
Photo Credits: inspiredbydahlface.blogspot.com

The view of Paris' Sacre Couer Cathedral from a rooftop garden

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

French environmental activists originally wanted to pass a law that would make the green roofs cover the entire surface of all new roofs. However, partially covered roofs make for a great start, and are still a huge step in the right direction.

Read more: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/04/01/france-declares-all-new-rooftops-must-be-topped-with-plants-or-solar-panels/

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