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New Bill Could Bring More Green Roofs to Hoboken

The bill was sponsored by Hoboken's Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.

The New Jersey Assembly approved a two-bill package that is supposed to increase the amount of environmentally friendly buildings in New Jersey. The bill was co-sponsored by Hoboken Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.

The bills are supposed to encourage the incorporation of green and blue roofs into the design of new buildings.

One of the bills requires every new building that has more than 15,000 square feet to include a green or blue roof.

The bill would also allow buildings to have solar panels, provided that the solar panels do not interfere with the functions of the green roof or blue roof.

Green and Blue Roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly. These measures are designed to improve storm water management as well as save energy costs. 

The latest eco-friendly design in Hoboken, will be

Another environment friendly building is the uptown Garden Street Lofts building.

“It's time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow," Ramos said. "Blue and Green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment.”

Now, they wait consideration by the senate.

davidd January 31, 2013 at 06:38 PM
More 'hard' regulation? This is not the right way to go about promoting green. Very short-sighted big government. If this passes they'll be headlines about 'green' roofs built in the shade and a large number 14,999sq foot roofs.
franksinatra February 02, 2013 at 01:20 AM
you're absolutely right, davidd. this is a very stupid bill. more mindless legislation from ramos. in addition to what you mentioned, it will drive up the cost of construction and jack up the cost of maintaining a building, making Hoboken that much more expensive and out of reach for anyone but the rich. let's hope Christie vetoes it if it gets that far.
Eric February 02, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Huh? The 15k sq feet refers to the interior space, not the roof size, and how do you build a roof in the shade??

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