5 most-read stories in September

Here are the top five most-read NRCA SmartBrief stories in September:

  1. Experts offer tips on photovoltaic panel installation
    Roofing experts offer nine valuable tips for installing rooftop photovoltaic panels. Before installing the panels, it is important to verify the fire rating of a rooftop photovoltaic system. Their suggestions also include properly marking a PV system and paying close attention to the location of direct current conductors when installing panels. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (9/1)
  2. Minneapolis Target Center unveils new green roof
    A new green roof on the Target Center in Minneapolis opened this week. The $5.3 million roof spans nearly three acres, is one of the largest in the world and is expected to save $300,000 in energy costs each year. KARE-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (9/15)
  3. 10 homes made of unusual construction materials
    From a party pad built out of a jet to an eight-person-capacity home made of paper, these 10 unusual dwellings make their owners the talk of the block. And that Lego house looks like it would make remodeling a snap. Gizmodo (8/31)
  4. Green Bay hospital touts state's largest green roof
    The new green roof on St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis., will cut the building's cooling costs and runoff from storm water, officials say. The roof has 16,000 square feet of plants, making it the largest green roof in the state. Officials say the roof cost about $450,000 to install, about twice the price of a traditional roof, but they say it will last about 30 years longer than a traditional roof. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (9/25) , WLUK-TV (Green Bay, Wis.) (9/24)
  5. Bloomberg, Gore tout benefits of white roofs
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Al Gore on Sept. 24 painted a section of a roof white as part of an effort to raise awareness of the benefits of covering roofs with reflective coating. The coating reduces the roof temperature by up to 60 degrees and cuts energy bills and emissions. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/The Associated Press (9/24)

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