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GRHC Announces First Round of 13th Awards of Excellence Winners

September 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Announces 13th Awards of Excellence Winners: Celebrating Outstanding Contributions to the Green Roof and Wall Industry Across North America

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities just announced the first group of winners of its 2015 Awards of Excellence. Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board, shared the news on August 28, 2015 in the lead-up to CitiesAlive®: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference coming up in October in Brooklyn, NY.

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is proud to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these examples of excellence, and share them with attendees at CitiesAlive.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Read on from their Press Release:

“Awards in 4 categories recognizing accomplishments in research, policy development, advertising design, and corporate leadership were deliberated on and awarded to the most engaging projects and engaged individuals in the industry.

The Awards will be formally presented at CitiesAlive (October 5-8, 2015) at the Brooklyn Marriott on Wednesday, October 7th. This year’s conference theme is Resilient People, Communities and Places, featuring cutting-edge designs, new technical performance research, innovative policy work, a trade show with industry leaders, and informative professional training and tours.

2015 Awards of Excellence Winners

Civic Award:
Award Recipient: Kevin Shafer, P.E. – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Mr. Shafer has been instrumental in providing the regional leadership in implementing green infrastructure in MMSD facilities and on private property. This leadership has resulted in a new development approach by the communities and developers in the region. He also coordinated a $58 million long-range planning process that produced the most intensive water quality research ever for six Milwaukee area watersheds. Mr. Shafer has been critical to the success of the Greenseams program and the installation of rain-capturing projects. Additionally, under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff.

Research Award:
Award Recipient: Bill Retzlaff, PHD – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dr. Retzlaff has a BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry with a minor in plant phyisiology. He has Post-Doctoral experience in Horticulture, Viticulture, and Environmental Sciences. He is currently the research co-director of the St. Louis metropolitan area research collaboration (G.R.E.E.N. – Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network) based at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). His main areas of research interest include: evaluation of green roof and green wall technologies, sustainable green infrastructure, and sustainable use of residual waste products.

Advertising Design Award:
Award Recipient: Carlisle SynTec, Inc
Carlisle SynTec Systems has been the leader in the commercial single-ply roofing industry for more than 50 years. It continues to lead the roofing industry today by providing its customers with superior roofing systems and services through a select network of manufacturer’s representatives, distributors and applicators. Dedicated supporters of the Living Architecture Monitor, their ad-design communicate and exemplify their commitment to excellence. “After much deliberation Carlisle SynTec has won our first ever award of excellence for advertising design.” said Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board.

President’s Corporate Award:
Award Recipient: American Hydrotech, Inc
American Hydrotech was an early adopter of green roofs and has supported the development of the industry in numerous ways for more than a decade. American Hydrotech has developed many Awards of Excellence winning projects, supported the development of training programs that lead to the Green Roof Professional Accreditation Program, and has contributed to CitiesAlive and the Living Architecture Monitor magazine for years. Representatives has stood on the GRHC Board of Directors as the Technical Standards Issues Representative, and has worked diligently to address FM Global’s unjustifiable wind uplift standards and promote the use of better root repellency standard tests. “American Hydrotech has been a long standing supporter of the green roof industry and we wouldn’t be where we are without them.” said Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, GRHC Chairman of the Board.

The Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Brooklyn Marriott in New York City during CitiesAlive. Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information about the Awards (including photos and background materials). Visit www.citiesalive.org for conference, event, and media registration. For conference media passes contact Tracy Jackson at tjackson@greenroofs.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Peck, founder & president, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, speck@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 223.”

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Congratulations to this year’s first group of winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence from Greenroofs.com, in particular to our own Sponsors American Hydrotech and Carlisle SynTec, and former Contributing Editor, Dr. Bill Retzlaff!

Stay tuned for the second half announcing the design award winners and – see you in NYC?

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for August 28, 2015: Hanging Gardens

August 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Exclusive Feature on Greenroofs.com:

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:

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Hanging Gardens focuses on design integration, project delivery, and products for green infrastructure development.
HangingGardens-logoHanging Gardens‘ capabilities range from green roofs (extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive) and blue roofs to bioswales and brownfield restoration, providing stormwater mitigation solutions. With on-staff designers and a network of landscape architects, contractors, architects, engineers, and developers, Hanging Gardens is the common thread from idea conception to completion.

They provide products from top vendors around the world, tailoring them to a client’s unique design. With all coming through Hanging Gardens, they offer a total system warranty, ensuring quality. More product lines offered include: vegetation and media; on grade stormwater harvesting; hardscaping; paver pedestals and slope adjusting pedestals; varieties of porous and micro porous pavers; Smart Roof technology; waterproofing; insulation; and stormwater harvesting.

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For more detailed information about Hanging Gardens, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory at the Elite level.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, this weekly spotlight enjoys a prominent position on the Homepage for as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (up to about 2:00 minutes, depending on listing level) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos play on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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Video & Project of the Week for August 24, 2015: Forest Lodge ECO House Green Roofs

August 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/24/15

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Forest Lodge ECO House
Sydney, Australia
645 sf. Greenroofs & 657 sf. Vertical Gardens

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Project Description & Details

Forest Lodge is located in the heart of Sydney’s heritage precinct, just five minutes from the CBD. The 3.9 metre-wide vacant land for the multi-award winning Forest Lodge ECO House was one of the last original vacant blocks in the city. As a result, the City of Sydney Council encouraged a contemporary design that would be distinctly 21st century. Having designed every facet of the 2-story project from the external façade, green roofs, vertical gardens, interiors, fittings, and furnishings enabled designer Code Green to ensure that the philosophy of the design flowed seamlessly throughout every element of the project. Contractor Designer Constructions encompassed an eco-philosophy utilizing sustainable materials wherever possible.

Located on the main and lower story roof are flowering green roofs using materials from Sika and Elmich and sporting a variety of grasses, Sedum, Delosperma, and other succulents. They not only supply insulation for the home, but offer aesthetically pleasing views for the neighbors and an environment for the local insects and birds to dwell with logs, a small rock-lined pond, and wood sleepers for the path. Externally, lush vertical gardens utilize the Code Green Wall system of potted plants. They feature strongly with a seven-meter high vertical garden adjacent to the equally high entrance door; a second entry greenwall providing privacy; and rear patio greenwalls showcasing a suspended table waterfall. Among numerous sustainable features are solar concrete slab heating, solar water heating, solar sub terrarium heat storage system, and a 3,500-litre underground water storage tank. The finished building stands as testament to current design, complimenting the neighbouring heritage terraces and placing it in the urban history of the city of Sydney.

Find more photos and additional information about the greenroofs and the greenwalls for this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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ForestLodgeEcoHouse5Year: 2014
Owner: Private
Location: Sydney, Australia
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Access: Accessible, Private

Type: Extensive Greenroofs
System: Custom
Size: 645 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%

Type: Living Walls
System: Custom
Size: 657 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Roof Designer: Chris Knierim, Code Green Pty Ltd
Head Contractor: Designer Constructions Group Pty Ltd
Greenroof System: Elmich Pte Ltd
Green Roof Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil®
, Sarnacol®
Leak Detection System: ILD Australia
Green Roof Soil Medium: Specially formulated by Code Green with only 2.5 inch thickness
Green Roof Irrigation: Un-irrigated

Greenwall System: Code Green Wall System – Potted system
Greenwall Waterproofing: Sika Liquid Membrane
Greenwall Growing Medium: Code Green Wall Mix
Greenwall Irrigation: Drip System

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for August 21, 2015: Furbish

August 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Exclusive Feature on Greenroofs.com:

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:

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Furbish is a living systems company that develops innovative technologies for the built environment. 

FurbishGCW-Furbish-logo designs, supplies, installs, and maintains green roofs and walls in the U.S.

With a driving passion for innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability, they provide systems that utilize nature’s processes to create synergy between the built environment and its inhabitants.

All Furbish systems are designed for easy installation with simple detailing, few components, and limited material. They offer ongoing, corrective maintenance, and restoration services for vegetated systems, including a full coverage guarantee.

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For more detailed information about Furbish, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory at the Premium level.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, this weekly spotlight enjoys a prominent position on the Homepage for as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (up to about 2:00 minutes, depending on listing level) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos play on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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Would you like to have your company featured as Company of the Week?  First, you have to be listed in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory at either the Sponsor, Elite, or Premium advertiser level.

Get Listed! Join The International Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

Please check out our Advertise with Us page or contact us at email: media@greenroofs.com or phone: 888-477-1326.

If you want to get found, you have to be listed!

~ Linda V.