"Green roofing" is a buzzword, a popular idea, but where should you start if you are not a professional roofer experienced in green roofing? You can start by reading these articles, which will give you even-handed and level-headed basics of building a green(er) roof. For instance: Is it necessary and appropriate for all buildings with flat roofs to have white coatings on the roof? Or, are solar roof shingles a better choice than another kind of solar array? Or, how much does insulation matter, versus the roofing material, when it comes to energy efficiency? Before you go out and buy those fancy smog-eating shingles, start with these articles. You could save some money, and have a more energy-efficient house at the same time.
Choices in Green Roofing: Pros and cons of roofing material choices, from shingles to metal to horticultural green roofs.
A Beginner's Guide to Cool Roofs: This is a no-nonsense discussion of reflective roof coatings and reflective roof materials.
Building a House to Fit Local Climate Conditions: An efficient house cannot be broken down into green parts and materials; it has to work as a system. This article discusses the fundamentals of building and siting a house for optimal energy-efficiency.
Busting Three Green Insulation Myths: Before you install that attic insulation under your new roof, learn how to avoid common green insulation mistakes.
Solar Roof Shingles: If you are considering installing a solar array on your roof, solar roof shingles are an interesting idea. They might not work for everyone, but it's a cool concept.
Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.