Unlike buildings with standard roof systems of asphalt, concrete or shingles, a green roof is covered with soil and vegetation. Trees and plants can help trap water and prevent stormwater run-off. In addition, the vegetation on a green roof provides a lighter colored surface, thereby reducing heat absorption.
The Museum has a green roof around The Dome. A black roof adjacent to the green roof will serve as a “control area.” Each roof will have sensors to monitor environmental factors such as temperature and rainfall.