Many buildings these days are planning for walkable rooftops that can be occupied to some extent. The most common such project types are multifamily and mid- to large-size commercial projects that promote some type of rooftop terrace, skygarden, walkable green roof, or barbecue deck. Senior housing, schools, fire stations, and houses of worship are also looking on their rooftops as usable space. Even in cooler climates, the demand for rooftop access and outdoor living is stronger than ever.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DESCRIBE new developments in walkable and occupied roofing assemblies and products.
+ UNDERSTAND the basic problems—and their solutions—related to structural and wind loading, anchoring, and code requirements for rooftop playdecks, vegetated roofs, and similar occupancies.
+ LIST the factors that impact the planning and feasibility analysis of occupied roof area designs.
+ DISCUSS ways to improve the design, installation, and longterm maintenance of roofs with traffic and loading.