Perfect Cabin Hidden Away in Woods of Washington

This tiny wood cabin may be small in size, but it's simple design is big on appeal. You can't help but want to stay a little longer when you take a look at this tiny house design full of rustic charm and warmth. There is so much to love about this little wood cabin hidden away in the woods of Washington. This charming tiny house design uses plenty of wood throughout from the cedar shingles to the front covered porch and side patio to the exterior of this tiny wood cabin. The living roof on this small house design is aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious and helps this tiny cabin fit right into its rainforest surroundings.

Green roofs seem to become more and more popular, but these living roofs have been around for hundreds of years. While it's no secret that green roofs look cool, there are also plenty of benefits to having a living roof. For starters, a green roof can be used for waste diversion. These roofs can help to prolong the life of waterproofing membranes, which in turn helps to reduce the associated waste that goes a long with that. Green roofs can also help with stormwater management; this is because the water is stored by the substrate of the roof is then taken up by the plants and returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. In the summer, depending on the plants and the depth of the growing medium on the roof, green roofs can retain between 70 to 90 percent of the precipitation that falls on them. And in the winter living roof can retain between 25 to 40 percent. For example, a grass living roof with about 1.6 to a 7.9-inch layer of growing medium can hold about 3.9 to 5.9 inches of water. Green roofs not only retain the rainwater but they can also moderate the temperature of the water and can act as natural filters for any of the water that happens to run off the roof. Green roofs can also reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and delay the time at which the water runoff occurs, which results in decreased stress on sewer systems at peak water flow periods.

This green roof is found in the rainforest of Washington, but green roofs that are used in cities can be of huge benefit to the environment. Living roofs can help with the moderation of urban heat. This cooling happens through the daily evaporation and dew cycle that occurs from plants on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. This can help to cool cities throughout the hot summer months and help to reduce the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. The light absorbed by the vegetation on the living roof or living wall would otherwise be converted into heat energy. This effect is also useful as it covers some of the hottest surfaces in the urban environment which is black rooftops. Green roofs and living roofs can also help to reduce the distribution of dust and particulate matter found throughout the city, along with helping to reduce the production of smog. This can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting urban areas to a future climate with warmer summers. It sounds like green roofs are something that should seriously be considered for urban centers as something that can benefit both the environment and the people who live in it.

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