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July 27, 2010

The Green Roof at The Austonian Provides Respite from the Summer Heat

_MG_9924sdp As we near August (and the 100-degree mark), Austonian residents are enjoying the 10th floor Lawn to keep cool while spending time outdoors. The Lawn, designed by landscape architecture firm TBG Partners, is a central area for residents to relax, swim and entertain.

When creating the 10th floor community area, The Austonian team decided to use a green roof system, which provides a cooling effect.

Flat, dark roofs can reach 160 degrees in the summer months. Alternatively, The Austonian’s green roof incorporates 65 types of native plantings that reduce the temperature in the air, resulting in reduced air conditioning needs in the building and a pleasant outdoor area for residents to spend time. These plantings are watered by condensation captured from the building’s cooling system rather than the municipal water supply, meaning that no water is wasted through the process.

Amenities incorporated into the Lawn include a reflecting pond with sculpture, a 75-foot saltwater lap pool, hot tub, private luxury cabanas, two outdoor kitchens and a 600-square foot dog park.

(Copyright 2010. All Rights Reserved. Photo credit Thomas McConnell.) 

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