It’s no secret that architects everywhere are now designing low carbon footprint buildings that either save energy, generate energy, or harvest rain in an attempt to conserve freshwater. Existing buildings, however, are being left in the dust, and architects are scrambling to find a way to retrofit these with green systems.
Existing buildings have been slow to adapt to new green technology because of the often exorbitant costs.
To combat this problem, Woohoo Park, an eco-conscious designer and architect, has designed the Energy Roof, a multi-purpose structure that can be installed on existing structures.
Woohoo Park’s concept integrates three technologies, all of which are environmentally friendly and generate renewable solar energy and harvest rain to produce freshwater. The technologies making this possible include a green roof, Solar Ivy technology, and a super hydrophobic metal.
The top of the structure features Solar Ivy cells that harness solar energy and vibrations caused by rain and wind to produce renewable energy.
Below the Solar Ivy structure is the super hydrophobic metal Structure and the super hydrophobic drain system. All three collect rainwater and store it in a water tank. The green roof helps to store the rainwater and reduces the heat island effect.
Woohoo Park believes the support structure of the Energy Roof and the roof itself can be customized to fit any existing building. The benefit? Existing buildings become both eco-friendly, and, according to the designer, more aesthetically pleasing.