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Ford made a bold modification at its Dearborn truck plant with the installation of a sedum cover , a drought-resistant plant grows on stone surfaces on the roof, creating what at that time was the largest living roof in the world and the one with an extension of 10.4 acres, the space occupied by 10 American football fields, is still that of

The 'Dearborn Truck Plant' as the facility topped with this roof is known, is what remains of what was once the the world's largest industrial complex.

Located on the banks of the Rouge River in the city of Dearborn in the state of Michigan, the hometown of the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Complex of the Rio Rouge as it was known for decades, was a self-sufficient facility inaugurated in 1928 after an 11-year construction process that produced t odas and each one of the parts of the vehicles that constructed. Unlike today's plants that receive from external suppliers motors, transmissions, windows, seats, wheels and screws, among many other parts, 'Rouge' only received raw material and delivered finished cars ready to be sold. >

One of the primary guidelines for the Rouge's transformation was ecology and environmental responsibility , the primary concern of William Clay-Bill-Ford Jr., the company's new CEO. Bill Ford was going through difficult times because of the debacle of the Firestone tires installed in the Ford Explorer that exploded in full gear. To make things worse, his youth (Bill Ford became president of the company at age 41) and his status as heir meant that his critics would not take his environmental spirit seriously.

he came out with his own and as a jewel of the crown of the Rouge's ecological transformation he installed the living roof while his detractors found it difficult to ignore its benefits:

As if the living roof not only serves as a habitat for more than 35 different species of insects, arachnids and birds , but also has significant benefits for the company's accounting books among which can be counted:

Refresh your surroundings by reducing the urban 'heat effect' created by long stretches of pavement and concrete, while isolating building by reducing cooling and heating costs by 5%. Catch dust and dirt in and l as well as carbon dioxide and creates oxygen. Double the roof life saving millions of repair costs.

After more than a decade been installed, no one can deny that the living roof was an excellent idea well executed . One that other mass-market makers would do well to imitate.

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