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Harnessing The Power of Blue Roof Systems in Stormwater Management by Architek

on February 27, 2024 at 1:46 pm under , , , , , ,

Discover how we’re spearheading sustainable change with our innovative approach to Green and Blue Roof systems. At the heart of our mission is a commitment to challenge norms and foster revolutionary shifts in the built environment. Our recent collaboration at 150 West 4th in Vancouver showcases the transformative power of Blue Roofs in stormwater management.

Teaming up with industry leaders, we’ve introduced cutting-edge solutions that detain and manage stormwater runoff effectively. These systems, unlike traditional roofs, act as reservoirs for rainwater, easing pressure on drainage infrastructure and replenishing groundwater. Aligned with stringent municipal targets, our installation embodies a paradigm shift in stormwater management, offering sustainable urban solutions. Through integrating green infrastructure elements, such as vegetated roofs and permeable pavements, we’re not only enhancing aesthetics but also improving water quality, paving the way for resilient and environmentally conscious urban spaces.

Harnessing Green and Blue Roof Systems as a Sustainable Change

Rooted in our core values, our approach to developing and implementing Green and Blue Roof systems challenges conventional norms. Rather than viewing these technologies as mere solutions to the urban landscape, we see them as catalysts for revolutionary change in the built environment. Within the dynamic realm of sustainable architecture, Blue Roofs stand out as a transformative force in green stormwater infrastructure, presenting a comprehensive strategy for water governance while advancing ecological sustainability.

Revolutionizing Stormwater Management with Blue Roofs in Vancouver

At 150 West 4th, together DAYHU, Villa Roofing, Connect LA, Lark Group, TKA+D, and Architek Group of Companies (also maintains) have introduced the latest addition to the Olympic Village area. Blue Roofs represent a groundbreaking approach to stormwater management, characterized by their capacity to detain and effectively manage stormwater runoff. These innovative roofing systems have garnered attention for their remarkable effectiveness in mitigating the impacts of urban flooding and alleviating strain on conventional drainage infrastructure.

Recently installed Blue/Green Roof at 150 West 4th, Vancouver. A progressive celebration between urban density, sustainability, best practices, and design partnerships.

Unlike traditional roofs, Blue Roofs are meticulously designed to serve as temporary reservoirs for rainwater, allowing for the gradual release of accumulated water over time or redirecting it for beneficial reuse. This ingenious approach not only relieves pressure on stormwater systems but also serves to replenish groundwater reserves and promote the overall health of local ecosystems.

Simplistic drawing proposal for the city of Vancouver when explaining where the Green/Blue roof installation locations will be on 150 West 4th.

Furthermore, as per the City of Vancouver Rainwater Management Bulletin, our Blue Roof system at 150 West 4th aligns with stringent targets set by municipal authorities. These measures include capturing and retaining or detaining the initial 24 millimeters of rainfall, reducing post-development runoff flow rates during significant storm events, and removing a minimum of 80% of Total Suspended Solids (TSS) from highly polluted areas.

In essence, our Blue Roof installation at 150 West 4th embodies a paradigm shift in stormwater management practices, offering a sustainable and effective solution to the challenges posed by urbanization. By embracing innovation and integrating advanced technologies, we are proud to contribute to the creation of resilient and environmentally conscious urban spaces across Canada.

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Architek SBP Inc. is a leading, full-service company providing engineered solutions for living buildings in Canada. Our services include: design-assist, shop drawing and system detailing, product distribution and supply, installation and maintenance services in the following categories: green roofs, living walls/vertical gardens, living facades and site water management. Architek was established in 2007 and has offices in Vancouver and will be opening offices in Eastern Canada in the near future. We have a very progressive culture and open office environment. Our philosophy is to create a work environment which encourages our staff to participate in all aspects of our company, do so with a great degree of passion for their work and play awesome ping-pong. Our company mascot is Finn, a King Charles Cavalier, who attends all of our board room meetings without exception.

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