Will using green infrastructure on my projects increase my costs to meet building codes?
If designed thoughtfully, green infrastructure should not affect your ability to meet building codes. In most cases, green infrastructure can be sited far enough away from the building to avoid any potential concerns about infiltrating near foundations, etc. In the case of green roofs, these are most commonly integrated as part of the overall building design, and any potential increase in structural loads is addressed through the normal design process. Before installing green infrastructure, it is always advisable to check municipal codes, design standards, and planning to determine potential impacts on the development process. There are different steps that can be taken to address issues that might arise as a result of regulations and codes. For more information, visit the US Environmental Protection Agency website.