In medical facilities, it can be immensely beneficial for patients and employees to find a peaceful environment within the building: a relaxing and aesthetically pleasing haven defined by utter tranquility, wherein daily stressors have no influence. A newly constructed medical facility located in Katy, Texas, sought to provide that exact place by creating a green roof to promote high morale amongst the hospital staff and patients.
A green roof can be characterized as a man-made garden that is installed on the roof of a building. It is maintained the same way as a garden, covering a part of the roof with a growing medium and vegetation. Installed over a waterproof membrane, the green roof provides an extremely high R-value to the building.