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Home Depot and Evergreen Green Roof Project

by Community Forests International on September 21, 2010

Supported by Home Depot and Evergreen, CFI recently completed the first stage of its latest Canadian project by raising a timber-framed outdoor classroom with a 'green roof' at the Community Garden in Sackville, NB.  The classroom will house CFI workshops and community garden activities, and will showcase 'green building' techniques and alternative energy.

A mix of hardy groundcovers and Seedums fill the rain-fed hydroponic growing system.

A mix of hardy groundcovers and Seedums fill the rain-fed hydroponic growing system.

The low slope of the roof and carefully selected yet readily available materials and plants combine to create a 'living roof' that will be overflowing with greenery next year.

Timber frame and water-proofed roof.

Timber frame and water-proofed roof.

The strong timber frame that supports the exceptional weight of the 'green roof' is constructed entirely of traditional wooden joinery, no nails!  It is a building technique that is prevalent in the old barns that dot the marsh surrounding Sackville.

CFI has drawn on its members' diverse skills and experience in green building for this project.  Special thanks to the timber framing team, Zach and Estelle, and the green roofers, Graeme and Deborah.

The next step in this project involves installing a composting toilet, to improve the accessibility of the Community Garden in an environmentally friendly and economical manner.

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