Lubbock business goes green - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/29/09

Lubbock business goes green

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock company is using interesting and innovative ways to keep energy costs down. Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper, an engineering, architecture, and landscape company, planted several different types of plants on their roof.

They say the plants help with insulation and cut energy costs in the summer. They also set up a system to absorb storm water and reuse it to water the plants, so they're conserving water too. "It helps us reduce the heat island effect. When we see that our cities are hotter because we have so much pavement and hard-scape and roofs that gain heat during the day. A green roof doesn't really do that. It's plants, and they kind of cool the environment around us," Chad Davis with Parkhill Smith & Cooper said. 

The company says pioneers used similar techniques years ago, but this one is the first modern green roof in Lubbock.

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