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PIA 2013

Xero Flor: the only green roof system to win a 2013 Product Innovation Award.

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Cradle To Cradle

Xero Flor: the only pre-vegetated mat green roof system Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) Certified for superior sustainability.

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Xero Flor Green Roof Mats

Xero Flor pre-vegetated mats are locally grown and ideal for a variety of design applications.

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Light Weight Green Roof Options

Xero Flor's lightweight green roof assemblies are perfect for weight-restricted buildings

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LEED®

Gain LEED® credits with a Xero Flor Green Roof System.

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Proven Green Roof Systems

Xero Flor green roof technology has been proven and refined over more than 40 years of successful installations.

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Manufactured in the U.S.A.

All Xero Flor components for green roofs in the U.S.A. are 100% American-made.

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Founded in 2002, Xero Flor America (XFA) is at the forefront of the North American green roof industry. We’ve been here from the start.

XFA is the official and exclusive distributor in the U.S. for the Xero Flor Green Roof System engineered in Germany. While our green roof system has extensive roots in Europe, all our system components are 100 percent American made. Our green roof mats are supplied by local, independent farms located across the country. Our plants are grown with regional horticultural expertise and adapted to the regional climates where our systems are installed.

The Xero Flor system utilizes pre-vegetated mats based on advanced German technology — engineered, patented, and refined over more than 40 years of ongoing R&D. In Europe, where the green roof industry is long-established, Xero Flor is the technology of choice. Xero Flor has been proven successful and sustainable in tens of thousands of flourishing installations that cover hundreds of millions of square feet worldwide.

In the U.S., Xero Flor has been proven on many of the largest green roofs in the country – including the single biggest on any one building, the green roof on the Dearborn Truck Plant at Ford’s River Rouge Complex.

No green roof system available in the U.S. is easier to install than Xero Flor. And no green roof system available in the U.S. offers more performance validation based on independent scientific research than Xero Flor.

Xero Flor makes it simple… The smartest green roof system in the world – manufactured, grown and supported in the U.S.A.

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Xero Flor America Announcements

Read all the latest press releases and industry news from Xero Flor America about Xero Flor Green Roof System products and projects.

MetroTop Plaza Associates Installs Xero Flor Green Roof System at the MetroTop Plaza Office Complex in Woodbridge, N.J.
Xero Flor America, May 29, 2014

Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America Selected for Findlay Teller Apartments
Xero Flor America, February 25, 2014

Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America Wins Readers’ Choice Award
Xero Flor America, February 11, 2014

Xero Flor Green Roof System From Xero Flor America Wins Product Innovation Award
Xero Flor America, November 12, 2013

Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America Installed on the Empire State Building
Xero Flor America, September 26, 2013

Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America Showcased as a “Made in America” Green Building Product
Xero Flor America, September 4, 2013

The Point Community Development Corporation Installs a Green Roof with the Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America
PRWeb, June 21, 2013

Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America (XFA) Named a “Money-Saving Product” by Buildings Magazine
PRWeb, May 14, 2013

Providence St. Mary Medical Center Greens Up with First Green Roof in Walla Walla, Wash.
PRWeb, May 1, 2013

Xero Flor Green Roof System Selected for Massive Green Roof on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City
PRWeb, February 4, 2013

Xero Flor Green Roof Products Receives Cradle to Cradle Certification for Environmental Stewardship
PRWeb, February 2, 2012

Xero Flor America Videos

Check out videos from Xero Flor America on Xero Flor Green Roof System installations and product features.

Xero Flor Green Roof at Ford’s Dearborn, MI Truck Plant
You Tube, Ford Motors, October 21, 2013

Lake Toxaway, NC Green Roof Installation
Living Roofs, Inc. installation of a Xero Flor green roof system
You Tube, Living Roofs Inc., May 2, 2012

Duke Marine Lab: Green Roof Installation at Repass Center
Living Roofs, Inc. installation of a Xero Flor green roof system
You Tube, dukemarineIT, September 20, 2011

O’Hare building home to city’s largest green roof
FedEx Sorting Facility – Xero Flor Green Roof
ABC 7 News, Living Green With ABC7, October 7, 2011

Xero Flor green roof installation on the Green Hills School
Green Hills – Xero Flor Green Roof
You Tube, Melkras, September 23, 2010

Xero Flor America in the Media

Read articles, commentaries, success stories and case studies from Xero Flor America on Xero Flor Green Roof System products and projects.

Big Convention Center Gets a Big Green Roof
Waterproof, Summer 2014

Green and Serene: Providence St. Mary Medical Center Goes Green with Vegetated Roof
Medical Construction & Design, Elizabeth Hart and Clayton Rugh, May-June 2014

Critical Success Factors for Green Roof Projects
Environmental Design + Construction, Clayton Rugh, February 2014

Going Green in a Big Roof Way
Commercial Building Products, January-February 2014

Green Roof Industry Puts Down Roots in Downtown Durham
North Carolina Sustainability Center, December 2013

Downtown Stormwater Management
Carolinas Roofing, November-December 2013

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Green Roof at Ten Years
Buildings Magazine, Buildings Buzz Blog, October 7, 2013

The Empire State Building Gets a Huge Green Roof
Earth Techling, Beth Buczynski, October 1, 2013

Green Roof System Installed on Empire State Building
Stormwater Solutions, October 1, 2013

Iconic New York Building Goes Green
Total Landscape Care, September 30, 2013

The Empire State Building Gets a 9,100 sq. ft. Green Roof by Xero Flor
Inhabitat New York, Lori Zimmer, September 30, 2013

Made in the USA: Green Builder Magazine Showcases Xero Flor Green Roof System

Jetson Green, Lynne O’Connor, September 30, 2013

Durham company hopes to grow green-roof business
The Durham News, August 20, 2013

Duke Medicine Going Green with Roofing
Today’s Facility Manager, August 2013

United States Roofing Corp. Installs a Vegetative Roof System on a New York Convention Center
Professional Roofing, July 25, 2013

The Republik Building/Xero Flor America HQ Green Roof Showcased as the Greenroofs.com “Project of the Week”
Greenroofs.com, July 22, 2013

BCBS Parking Deck Has Second Largest Green Roof in Michigan
Fox News Chicago, Robin Schwartz, May 1, 2013

Case Study: Green Roofs Provide Signature Element for Affordable Townhomes
Multi-Housing News, David Aquilina, April 17, 2013

Columbia University Now Boasts 18,180 Square Feet of On-Campus Green Roofs
Inhabitat New York City, Sherrell Dorsey, April 8, 2013

Columbia University Greens Up with Green Roofs
Land and Water, Clayton Rugh, March-April, 2013

Green Roof Retrofits and Your Success
Buildings, Christopher Curtland, March 25, 2013

Javits Center Upgrades Include Impressive Green Roof
Green Building Community, Lauren Browne, February 28, 2013

How Healthy is Your Hospital? The Clients Speak! – How Have Green Roofs Impacted Your Local Hospital?
Living Architecture Monitor, Jennifer Foden Wilson, Spring 2013

New York’s Javits Center Installing Green Roof
Earth Techling, Randy Woods, February 6, 2013

Javits Center to Get a 292,000 sq. ft. Green Roof
Inhabitat New York, Lori Zimmer, February 5, 2013

Project of the Week: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Greenroofs.com, February 4, 2013

Living, Thinking Houses
The New York Times: Opinionator, Diane Ackerman, August 5, 2012

Xero Flor Green Roofs Gets Cradle To Cradle
Jetson Green, Preston, February 2, 2012

Central Park Dentistry gets ‘green’ roof
Globe Gazette, Kristin Buehner, September 20, 2011

The Green Economy Taking Hold
American Rivers, Sean Foltz, April 20, 2011

FedEx Cargo Relocation Project, Main Sort Building
Greenroofs.com, 2010

Urban Green Council and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan
Urban Green Council

Green roof installed on technology building
University News, Appalachian State University, November 16, 2010

Blue Ridge House – Green and Gorgeous
The Alternative Consumer, Ross Dulmaine, August 24, 2010

“Green” Roofs Could Cool Urban Heat Islands and Boost Water Conservation
Scientific American, Katie Moisse, February 2, 2010

Living roofs rise in popularity
American Public Media, Kevin Maki, January 4, 2010

‘Living’ roofs: Unusual crop protects homes from the elements
Missoulian, Betsy Cohen, August 26, 2009

Green Roofs
National Geographic, Verlyn Klinkenborg, May 2009

Green Roofs For Healthy Cities 2007 Awards of Excellence: Extensive Industrial / Commercial
Green Roofs For Healthy Cities, 2007

‘Green’ Roofs Sprout Up All Over
National Public Radio, Ketzel Levine, June 23, 2004

Robert O. Lemke, AIA, LEED AP, Professor of Architecture, Milwaukee School of Engineering President, Wisconsin Redevelopment, LLC

Stormwater Management

Green roofs have been demonstrated to retain 60-100% of incoming rainfall. Stormwater retention reduces wastewater treatment facility overflow events. Green roof installations are recognized as effective tools for stormwater management in highly developed urban areas.

Energy Savings

Vegetated surfaces deflect solar radiation and reduce thermal loading of roof surfaces and building structures, thereby requiring less energy use for air conditioning systems. These features also combine to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a phenomenon of increased regional temperatures caused by thermally loaded cityscapes.

Roof Lifetime Extension

Green roofs block UV radiation and reduce temperature fluctuation, adding decades to roof performance. The extension of roof life results in financial savings for building owners and reductions in landfilled roof demolition waste.

Biological Activity

The installation of green roofs helps return green spaces lost during urban development and encourages the return of biological activity. Green roofs can attract and provide a living environment for various forms of wildlife.

Ecological Benefits

Green roofs can greatly reduce runoff contaminants by filtering airborne pollutants, increase oxygens levels, and reduce greenhouse gases. Green roof plant’s foliage and roots naturally absorb airborne pollutants while releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.

Aesthetic Value

Green roofs help provide urban environments with aesthetically pleasing roofscapes. Green roofs convert unused roof spaces into relaxing break areas for employees, healing gardens for recovering patients, green cityscapes for office buildings, and many other visually appealing green spaces.

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Green Roof Research

About Green Roofs
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, December 8, 2009.

Green roof stormwater retention: Effects of roof surface, slope, and media depth.
VanWoert, N.D., D.B. Rowe, J.A. Andresen, C.L. Rugh, R.T. Fernandez, and L. Xiao. 2005. J. Environ. Quality 34(3):1036-1044.

Green Roof Runoff Water Quality
Robert Berghage, David Beattie, Albert Jarrett, and Thomas O’Conner 2007. In Proc. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Quantifying the effect of slope on extensive green roof stormwater retention.
Getter, K.L., D.B. Rowe, and J.A. Andresen. 2007. Ecological Engineering 31:225-231.

Green roofs as urban ecosystems: ecological structures, functions, and services.
Oberndorfer, E., J. Lundholm, B. Bass, M. Connelly, R. Coffman, H. Doshi, N. Dummet, S. Gaffin, M. Kohler, K. Lui, and B. Rowe. 2007. BioScience 57(10):823-833.

Thermal Performance of Green Roofs Through Field Evaluation
Liu, K. and B. Baskaran. 2003. National Research Council of Canada. Report No. NRCC-46412.

Heat Island Impacts
Envrionmental Protection Agency, February 9, 2009.

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Robert O. Lemke, AIA, LEED AP, Professor of Architecture, Milwaukee School of Engineering President, Wisconsin Redevelopment, LLC

Featured Xero Flor Green Roof Projects

Green Roof Projects Xero Flor Ford 1

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant

At 464,000 square feet, the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant green roof is the largest extensive green roof in North America.

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Xero Flor Green Roof Projects Duke University Medical Center 1

Duke University Medical Center

Along with other intensive green spaces, this green roof was installed to provide a scenic view for the patient recovery tower.

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Xero Flor Green Roof Projects OHare Building 1

FedEx Sorting Facility at O’Hare Airport

This sorting facility has the largest green roof in the Chicago, IL area and is projected to retain 2 million gallons of rainfall annually.

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Jacob Javits Convention Center

At 292,000 square feet, the Javits Center will be the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the U.S.

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