A Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia roof is ch-ch-ch-cheaper

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 28, 2008 - 9:33 PM
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JoshuaRobsonJun. 28, 08 5:07 PM

Every bit of insulation you can get helps, and anything that prevents water from running off into the river from downtown is a good thing. But I would like to see city hall as a giant Chia pet though, let's get on that right away. Everybody buy a couple of chia pet kits, and then we'll need a bunch of free climbers and enough donuts to bribe the security guards...

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scottrcsJun. 29, 08 8:34 AM

Barbara Flanagan can write her periodic column to tell us when downtown's bangs need trimming. Do older buildings develop pattern baldness?

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boyoboyJun. 29, 08 8:36 AM

Our tax dollars at work! What will they think of next? $460,000 and that's just for the planting. I suppose it'll take a couple million a year to maintain this garden of Eden that's visible only to low flying aircraft. Next these legislators will be subsidising low income famalies to plant gardens on their roofs.

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ladysweet12uJun. 29, 08 2:00 PM

Are you serious??? Yeah right...grass roofs. And what is gonna happen in a drought...are people gonna get to water their roofs....lol And think of all the bugs and gnats....not to mention the people who get bored and decide to toss a firecracker on one of these grass roof and the house starts on fire...if anyone does this kind of thing in the end the people that promote this will be laffing at you.....hahahaha

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rosenoseJun. 29, 08 7:38 PM

Maybe before we start condemning something we should all do a little research first. Aside from the fact that yes it is expensive to build a green roof, maybe the question of why build a green roof is in order. The benefits of a green roof are so numerous we may all soon be asking ourselves why not. * The first benefit of a green roof is that it helps to stabilize the temperature inside of a building. It helps cool the building during the day, and helps to retain heat at night, which in turn saves on cooling and heating costs. * The second benefit is that a green roof generally lasts twice as long as a normal roof. It shields roof membranes from ultraviolet radiation, excessive freezing and thawing, and absorbs water which would otherwise collect in pools on a roof. * A third benefit of a green roof is that it absorbs rainwater, which slows the normal drainage process of a roof, thereby helping to slow down rainwater runoff into burdened sewers. The foliage also helps to filtrate pollutants our of the water. * A fourth benefit is that green roofs help to reduce the urban heat effect. * Other benefits of green roofs are, they help to clean the air, they reduce noise pollution, and they are aesthetically pleasing. Think all of this from just one roof! And there are also different types of green roofs. Ones that people can walk on and sit out on. Ones that just include grasses. Ones that have trees, and so on. In fact Germans have thought that green roofs are so beneficial that they have built them all across their country. Just look out from the roof of the Reichstag and you can see numerous green roofs within a stones throw of the capital building. So next time we all don't agree with something maybe we should ask why something was done in the first place. Maybe the short term finances don't make perfect sense, but in the long term I believe that green roofs are economically a viable option.

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allarson73Jun. 30, 08 8:26 AM

I fully appreciate that, but lets throw out a few facts about why a green roof is not as good or better than a tar roof. It fine if its not but it is not explained in this article. Then I think we can take the writer of the article a little more seriously. Right now I am sensing he might have an agenda.

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calliarcaleJun. 30, 08 8:33 AM

You might not remember when he was writing Backfence, but he's a humor columnist. So he most certainly does have an agenda, and that's to make people laugh. ;-)

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securpoJun. 30, 08 9:50 AM

I applied chia pet paste to my face one Halloween, and it worked great! The only problem was that it was impossible to get rid of. And, months later, when I finally did get the ch-cha-chia pet removed from my face, it had spread to the rest of my body. To this day, some of ot remains. Just a word to the wise, that ch-ch-cheaper is not always better.

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erechJun. 30, 08 5:10 PM

I called the city to inquire about putting a green roof on my home. I am thinking from the response I received that nobody has actually thought about this yet as far a regulations for the residential home here in Minneapolis. To be fair they are going to get back to me on it. I will let you know.

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neoalecJul. 1, 08 2:14 PM

I called Chia to inquire about putting a Chia roof on my home. They said they will get back to me. I will let you know.

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