Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video. Here is the transcript from July 20, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here. Enjoy!
– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for July 20th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.
– Our project of the week is the Nashville Music City Center built in 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. This Center is a 1.2 million square foot convention center just finished last month in the South of Broadway district in Nashville. The finished roof has three independent greenroof sections on its wavy roof; and also features a 360,000 gallon water reclaim tank, which is used for things like flushing the toilets and site irrigation. With the design of the grand ballroom portion of the roof, the Music Center Team envisioned installing solar panels.
The Center is working to achieve LEED Silver status, and a prominent feature of this will be the 175,000 square-foot greenroof, designed to flow along with the rolling hills of Tennessee. Rooflite ® provided the growing media, Sempergreen the pre-vegetated mats, Sika Sarnafil the waterproofing membrane and the greenroof was designed by Roofmeadow.
– ASTM Sustainability Committee develops standard for use of expanded shale, clay and slate in vegetated roofing systems.
– NASA has released a fact sheet detailing efforts to research, use, and improve upon the concept of greenroofs.
– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 13, 2012.”
– “Upcoming Events“
– July 27th: is the RCI Region II Meeting, in Charleston, SC.
– “In the News“
– The Materials Handling World Magazine talks about “Leading supplier of single ply roof membranes, Sika-Trocal Helps Reduce “˜Carbon Pawprint.'” Sika-Trocal has helped to keep stray and abandoned dogs sheltered at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres in Shrewsbury and Loughborough (UK). Sika-Trocal’s single ply roof membranes have been used on these buildings to create beautifully stunning greenroofs. Specialist roofing contractor Telclad was assigned to complete the roof installations, and developed a series of retention battens that would be strong enough to restrain the curved greenroof from slippage while meeting Sika-Trocal’s installation standards.
Delivered by main contractor McPhillips and designed by architects Peter Napier & Co., the facilities were built as environmentally sustainable as possible to help reduce the Dogs Trust’s carbon “pawprint.” The design incorporated materials with low environmental impact including rainwater harvesting, solar panels and a greenroof, helping the building to become the first of its kind to achieve the highest BREEAM Outstanding rating in the world.
– Business Green says, “Scientists: Green walls lead to cleaner cities.” “Lining cities with wall[s] of vegetation could reduce air pollution by 30 per cent at less cost than current policies.” According to a new research published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, plants can clean the air of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, which cause a huge portion of the 35,000 to 50,000 of premature deaths in the UK that are attributed to outdoor air pollution each year. The World Health Organization’s outdoor air quality database puts the figure of air quality related premature deaths at more than one million a year worldwide.
Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster say pollution struggles to escape “street canyons,” which makes planting green walls of grass, climbing ivy and other plants way more effective at filtering out pollutants than previously thought. Transport for London has installed green walls at Edgware Road station and at The Mermaid in Blackfriars, as part of a package of targeted short term measures introduced where particulate levels are at their highest.
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– This has been This Week in Review for July 20th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV. I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!
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~ Linda V.