Duke Energy Center


The roof of a commercial building is often used to house the mechanical equipment. The DEC roof is landscaped with native and adaptive plants. The green roof is a strategy used to mitigate stormwater, while simultaneously providing tenants a connection between the indoors and outdoors.

The building harvests approximately 1.6 million gallons of stormwater annually, this results in greatly reduced impact on city infrastructure as this water is not sent through city pipes to be treated, rather it is used where and when needed. The utilization of onsite captured stormwater will provide 100% of the irrigation needs for the plaza and green roof vegetation, eliminating typical potable water usage for landscaping.