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Company transforms roof into wildlife habitat
Company transforms roof into wildlife habitat

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A wildlife habitat is now gracing the roof of a Grand Rapids area home.

Tom Newhouse designed and built his home and design studio in 1978 as a solar, earth-sheltered, low energy place, complete with a green roof.  The project won a national design award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency at the time.

Last year, when upgrades were needed for his roof, Newhouse found Advanced Green Architecture.  Workers with the Grand Rapids business replaced his aging roof with a new modular green roof system that supports wildlife. AGA reused existing plants from the original green roof and added more than 30 varieties of Michigan native plants.  Workers also planted wildflower seeds, added a small pond to attract birds, insects and frogs, and installed a walking path and seating area.

The AGA Built-up Biodiverse system is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a national wildlife habitat.

AGA previously installed green roofs on Rockford Construction’s new LEED certified office, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Catalyst Partners Office, Howie’s Hockey and a Caledonia home.