From Concrete Jungle to a Green Jungle: CornerStone’s Retaining Wall Helps to Create Green Roof
Retaining Wall Blocks Transform Rooftops
Imagine a cityscape that is nothing more than a typical concrete jungle so common in many cities. Roaming the streets, you’re met only with buildings and high rises forged with concrete and steel, a sight you’ve no doubt grown accustomed to if you’ve spent any time in an urban area. It’s easy to feel walled in and want to look upward desperately for a scant glimpse of blue sky, and finding any greenery in a city is rare, unless you make your way to a city park.
Now, contrast that image with city housing buildings that have been constructed using retaining wall blocks for green roof, like many we offer at CornerStone Wall Solutions, and the landscape suddenly shifts from drab and tired to open, airy, and full of life and color. Our retaining wall blocks are a great choice for green roof urban planning. Not only do they (literally) infuse residential and commercial buildings with life, but they can be used for a variety of practical and environmentally impactful uses.
Our retaining wall blocks have a hollow core, perfect for green roof applications, which allows for a number of functions, such as adding lighting, corners, curves or extra drainage for water. The hollow core of these blocks also means that handling them is much easier than solid blocks, shipping them is less of a hassle for all parties, and lifting them up with a crane for use at heights is far less arduous and expensive. Saving developers and General contractors money.
Green roofs are gaining in popularity because they can improve the environment. We are excited that our retaining wall blocks have already been used for green roof structures in many urban projects, such as the Calgary Beltline, in Calgary, Alberta. Stella, Nova which was built 7 years ago and contains 2 residential towers housing 300 condo apartment units. The second floor garden area has benches and a common area green living for the residents.
In this project and many others, our retaining wall blocks offered many great options for creating green roof pathways. Their hollow cores make it easy to maintain things like sprinkler lines to bring water to the rooftop gardens or simply cutting the blocks to add lighting, helping to improve the appearance of the buildings and the overall quality of life of the residents.