Early-life roof runoff quality: Green vs. traditional roofs

Shirley E. Clark, Brett V. Long, Christina Y.S. Siu, Julia Spicher, Kelly A. Steele

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Sustainable stormwater management involves ensuring that site runoff not exceed the pre-development peak flow rate and volume, typically accomplished through the use of water retention, infiltration, and reuse onsite through rainwater harvesting. Certain roofing materials, however, may be a pollutant source, thus, influencing the runoff's potential for harvesting. This project focuses on the first four months of roof life for several traditional roofs and an extensive green roof. Substantial and significant releases of zinc and copper originated from an uncoated galvanized roof and from two treated woods, respectively. Roof runoff concentrations during early life indicated potential toxicity concerns for zinc and copper, plus periodic elevated nutrient concentrations. Additionally, periodic spikes in pollutant concentrations in early life indicated that elevated pollutant levels simply were not a result of washoff from excess preservative remaining on the surface of the material at installation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event2008 International Low Impact Development Conference - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Nov 16 2008Nov 19 2008


Other2008 International Low Impact Development Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecological Modeling


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