Review the 2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint

September 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

We’re about to release the 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design. ..

How about a review of the Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2013:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs/Walls’

9) Wineries Enveloped in Greenery

8) Small Projects, Big Results

7) Need Vacation Inspiration? The Hottest Green Destination Escapes

6) Innovative Greenwalls: Stretching Design & Our Imagination

5) From Hippies to Techies: California as an Up and Coming Leader in
Greenroofs & Walls

4) Local Government Acting Globally with Building Integrated Greenery

3) Social Responsibility: Putting Your Greenroof or Wall Where Your Mouth Is

2) The Influence of Architects – Taking a Leadership Role in Greenroof Design:
Ando, Yeang & Ambasz

1) Greening Mixed Use: Sustainable Urban Living with Man-made Ecosystems

It’s been a year since I presented  our 2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 CitiesAlive in beautiful Nantes, France.  Some of you may have seen Haven Kiers, our wonderful Design Editor here at, and me when we presented it afterwards in October in the always lovely San Francisco at CitiesAlive – but for those of you who did not have a chance to travel to either place last year, here is our presentation for your viewing pleasure.

However, this time it is only in PowerPoint form on slideshare, not video, but you will most certainly get the flavor of our always fast and furious yet tantalizing vignettes of what we believe are the projects and designers trending at the moment.


~ Linda V.

Watch the “Urban Green in Australia” Video by Matt Dillon from Our VS2013 – Get Ready for WGIC 2014 in Sydney!

September 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.

As you may recall, this time partnered with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) and between us we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers – here’s the video breakdown: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

In anticipation of releasing information regarding’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit – coming soon, we will now begin to make the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube.


What better way to inaugurate the Virtual Summit 2013 (VS2013) series than by showing you a video with great people and a couple of awesome projects in Sydney, host city of the upcoming (next week!) World Green Infrastructure Congress held by Green Roofs Australasia and WGIN?  Hosted by Matthew Dillon, president of Green Roofs Australasia, you will be highly entertained and get a glimpse of sustainable design Down Under – read on:

“Matt Dillon, President of Green Roofs Australasia, takes you on a journey with onsite talks about new urban green sites in Australia, including the current Central Park Towers in Sydney and the Ivy, “a sophisticated urban playground for grown ups.”

Located in the Broadway section of Sydney, the mixed-use Central Park Towers development is designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and French botanist Patrick Blanc – inventor of the vertical garden. The vertical hanging gardens will be the most visible feature. At 150 metres, One Central Park will be his tallest (not largest overall) garden to date, using a variety of species, many native to Australia. His informative video will also include coverage of his interview with Patrick Blanc discussing the progress of One Central Park.

Matt also interviewed Daniel Baffsky of 360° Landscape Architects about the new spectacular Ivy, “a mad burlesque of circus, dance and sensory overload throughout 10 bars, 4 levels & 3 stages” cloaked in greenery. The Ivy is part Brazilian modernism and Hollywoodish Palm Springs its blue roof/green rooftop – a bit of an urban jungle.” ~ VS2013

Watch the Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

See these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 playlist and look for more videos after our return from lovely Sydney and Auckland at the end of October:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo - Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo - German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo - French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo - Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo - Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for September 29, 2014: One South Van Ness Ave.

September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 9/29/14


One South Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA, USA
9,579 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Van Ness Avenue is the central north-south spine and one of the widest streets in San Francisco. Bounded by Civic Center and the Bay and characterized by excellent views, the Avenue defines and links many adjacent neighborhoods. The City and County of San Francisco’s Real Estate Department (RED), working in partnership with the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Department of Public Works, designed and installed San Francisco Public Works’ first living, vegetated roof atop One South Van Ness Ave. in July 2010, as part of a larger roof replacement program. The 8-story municipal office building’s green roof is a pilot project to give design teams experience and to help manage stormwater. The building has submitted for LEED certification under LEED EBOM.

Rana Creek Living Architecture worked with the San Francisco Department of Public Works to create an extensive living roof design with educational interpretive information about the living roof habitat. Planted in both built-in place areas and Tremco Roofing‘s BioTray™ Vegetated Roofing System, thirteen native perennial plants were selected appropriate to the local Mediterranean climate including Buckwheat, Stonecrop, Tufted Hair Grass and San Bruno Mountain Manzanita. The roof design includes stormwater management, catchments and reuse; it delivers rainwater for irrigation via a 6,500 gallon tank and pump system which helps reduce the use of potable water during the summer or dry months. The One South Van Ness Ave. green roof offers stunning views of San Francisco, including the Beaux-Arts style San Francisco City Hall.

Year: 2010
Owner: City and County of San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 9,579 sq.ft.
Slope: 0%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek
Architect: Glenn Hunt, San Francisco Public Works
Architect: Douglas Ullman, San Francisco Public Works
Contractor: Western Roofing
Greenroof System: BioTray™ Vegetated Roof Delivery System, Tremco Roofing


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the One South Van Ness Ave. Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for September 26, 2014: Xero Flor America

September 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


Xero Flor utilizes lightweight, pre-vegetated mat technology. Refined over more than 40 years of R&D, Xero Flor has been proven on tens of thousands of extensive green roofs flourishing on hundreds of millions of square feet of rooftops worldwide.

GCW-XFAFounded in 2002, Xero Flor America is the official U.S. distributor for the Xero Flor Green Roof System. Regionally grown on local, independent farms and 100 percent American-made, Xero Flor utilizes advanced, lightweight, pre-vegetated mats. Engineered in Germany, and refined over more than four decades of ongoing R&D, Xero Flor technology has been proven successful on tens of thousands of extensive green roofs thriving on hundreds of millions of square feet of rooftops all around the world.

In the U.S., Xero Flor has been installed in 38 states. The Xero Flor installation on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, the largest green roof on a single building in North America and one of the largest in the world, measures 454,000 square feet. The Xero Flor Green Roof on the Javits Center in New York City totals 297,000 square feet, second in size to the Ford project.

Whatever size project, and wherever Xero Flor is installed, the plants are locally grown and adapted to the regional climate for a healthy, sustainable green roof. When installed, Xero Flor has extensive vegetative coverage with mature plants for instant green roofs that are immediately functional and successful for the long term with little maintenance.

Xero Flor system options range from less than 10 lbs/sq ft up to ballasted applications at 25 lbs/sq ft. Xero Flor offers the assurance of independent laboratory-certified resistance against wind uplift and combustibility. And, Xero Flor is the only pre-vegetated mat green roof system that has achieved Cradle-to-Cradle Certification for superior sustainability.


For more detailed information about Xero Flor America, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

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~ Linda V.