Denver Green Roof Initiative Meets Strong Opposition

An initiative that would require many buildings in Denver to feature environment-friendly “green roof” amenities that will appear on the city’s ballot this November, has met strong opposition from the commercial real estate industry, concerned about the negative impact the proposed ordinance could have on Denver.

The ordinance would require all new commercial buildings over 25,000-square-feet and all existing commercial buildings over 25,000-square-feet that replace a roof, to have at least 20 percent green space or solar panels. The larger the building, the greater the percentage — all the way up to 60 percent for buildings 200,000-square-feet and larger.

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Brush Fire Burns Roof Of Seattle Skyscraper

SEATTLE, WA – This isn’t your typical brush fire. A garden on the rooftop of a notable downtown Seattle skyscraper caught fire Monday night. According to pictures from the incident, it appears that some tall grasses in the garden were a main part of the fire

The fire was reported just after 7 p.m. Monday at 1310 2nd Avenue, which is the address of the Russell Investments Center. The same block also contains the Seattle Art Museum. The main building itself, the sixth tallest in Seattle, is 42 stories, but the roof garden where the fire broke out is located on a shorter building in front of the main tower.