Largest living roof
Who
Ford Rouge factory
What
42180 square metre(s)
Where
United States (Dearborn)
The roof of the Ford Motor Company's Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, has had 42,180 m²(454,000 ft²) of low-growing vegetation called sedum planted on it, making it the world's largest 'living roof'. Planted in a 7.6 cm (3 in) thick mat-like material, the vegetation insulates the roof, saving on heating costs, and it also lasts longer than conventional roofing because it doesn't expand or contract as outside temperatures change. In addition, it creates a habitat for birds and butterflies.