Residential Green Roof - 13th St. NE
Green roofs play an essential role in protecting, preserving and restoring our watershed. Covered with soil media and plants, green roofs provide tremendous benefits for our communities, neighborhoods and individual property owners. Every municipality in the watershed is encouraging green roofs and AWS is here to help you learn more and get them installed.
Green Roof Tools
Click here (PDF) to learn about our 2009-2011 green roof projects with the World Wildlife Fund, American Chemical Society, Capitol Plaza One and American University.
Click here (PDF) to see a variety of roofs funded in 2011-2012. Projects include Sibley Memorial Hospital and a variety of residential and commercial green roofs throughout the District.
Click here (PDF) to see information on five of the most recent green roofs we’ve helped fund in 2012-2013. Projects include Rhode Island Row, Catholic University’s Aquinas Hall, a residential green roof, the French Embassy and Canal Park.
Green Roof on Susan Bensch's Property
“Designing and building my green roof was a joy. Even better is the now-daily pleasure of watching it grow - and eating produce from it including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, lettuce, basil, even asparagus. I planned the roof with a friend. Together we started by reading (there are 5 books on green roofs in the DC public library!) and surfing the web. We drew a design for the roof, and we got our building permit from the DC Regulatory Agency. With another friend, I drove to Baltimore to get most of the materials we needed - felt to spread over the roof, and large plastic panels for drainage. Those were easy for two of us newbies to install together. Our "green roof medium" or soil was delivered by dump truck, and we did get help to move all of that onto the roof. I made the planting design myself - not difficult with the help of books and gardening friends - and did all the planting in a couple of days. Now, after just two years, it is so lush and vigorous that I've got plants to give away. Sedums, anyone? Strawberries? I am also happy to show my green roof to those who are interested, and to help other do-it-yourselfers who want to build their own.”
- Susan Benesch
These and other efforts have resulted in the installation of numerous green roof projects across the District. We have identified a small group of Showcase Green Roof Projects [PDF] – each of which provides practical green roof data and contact information for site visits or further investigations.
We are currently accepting applications for the District Department of the Environment's RiverSmart Rooftops program which provides rebates for the installation of green roofs within the District of Columbia. Rebates of up to $15/square foot are available to eligible projects based on roof size and property location.
To be eligible for this new rebate amount, projects must register after November 1, 2014. Rebates are available for new green roofs on existing buildings of any size.
*For renovations larger than 5,000 square feet or new construction green roof applications must be submitted to Anacostia Watershed Society before applying for building permits.
Please review the “Application & Rebate Process” (PDF) and complete the Registration Form below. If your roof is under 2,500 ft2, you can also apply for a structural engineer rebate.
Once we receive and approve your completed registration form, we will send an Application. Projects will be placed in the rebate funding queue only after AWS receives a completed Application Form with all supporting documents.
The RiverSmart Rewards Program and Stormwater Retention Credit trading program may increase your savings for installing your green roof. DDOE RiverSmart Rewards and Clean Rivers IAC Incentive Programs
Step 1: Learn More about the Program and Find a Greenroof Contractor
Green Roof Rebate Program Flyer – Overview of the program and Green Roof Benefits.
Application and Rebate Process- Download this for more detailed information about our program.
Structural Engineering Rebate for Buildings under 2,500 sq. ft. – Includes a description of rebate. A list of potential engineers can be found on the Green Roof Contractors pdf below.
Green Roof Contractors – Download this for a preliminary list of contractors in the DC area. You can use any licensed contractor you want – whether they are on this list or not.
Step 2: Fill out and submit registration form
Registration Form – Download and complete this form to begin the application process.
Step 3: Receive application form from us and send back completed
Step 4: Apply for a Discount on your Stormwater Fee
Additional information about the District Department of the Environment’s (DDOE’s) Green Roof Rebate Program is available at DDOE’s Green Roof Website.
Property owners in Montgomery County can receive technical assistance and funding for Green Roofs and other Landscape Improvements through the Rainscapes Program. AWS is also available to help. Learn More
Prince George's County Council unanimously passed bill (CB-45-13) that established a Clean Water Act Fee in 2013 to fund projects that reduce polluted water run-off. â€¨Stormwater is one of the county's biggest challenges as it causes flooding, property damage and polluted streams. For more information about support for Green Roofs and other LID practices through their RainCheck Program, click here.
If you have questions please contact us by calling 301-699-6204 ext.114 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.