Video & Project of the Week for September 15, 2014: Southface Eco Office

September 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm Project of the Week: 9/15/14


Southface Eco Office
Atlanta, GA, USA
2,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Built by a consortium of construction firms using widely available, off-the-shelf products, materials and technologies, the Southface Eco Office is a three-story structure with a rooftop greenroof. It was officially opened in 2009 after receiving its ENERGY STAR label, as well Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and EarthCraft Light Commercial certification – a regional green building designation specific to the Southeast. It also meets The 2030 Challenge launched by the non-profit group Architecture 2030. The Eco Office is noted for its average energy cost of less than $25 per day.

Designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent after an inter-disciplinary design charrette, the Southface Eco Office is an 8,300 square foot environmentally responsible building project showcasing some of the innovative green building technologies available in today’s market. The Turner Foundation Green Roof on top of the third floor expands the office space into a rooftop patio with a spectacular view of downtown Atlanta. It’s home to a custom vegetated roof system using waterproofing from American Hydrotech, drainage from JDR Enterprises, growing media from ItSaul Natural, and a variety of Sedums, Delospermas, Talinums, and Hens and Chicks supplied by Saul Nurseries. It boasts a 6.4 kW photovoltaic array salvaged from a BP gas station, and a 1,750-gallon rainwater collection cistern. For over 30 years, Southface has been the U.S. Southeast’s non-profit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities.

Southface hosted the Atlanta Green Roof Symposium on September 15, 2014.

Year: 2008
Owner: Southface Energy Institute
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Building Type: Non-Profit
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 2,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Lord, Aeck & Sargent
Landscape Architect: ECOS
Plant Supplier: Saul Nurseries
Growing Media: Mr. Natural, ItSaul Natural
Waterproofing & Green Roof System: American Hydrotech
Drainage: J-DRain by JDR Enterprises
Contractor Consortium: DPR, Hardin, Holder, R.J. Griffin, Skanska and Winter
Irrigation: Rain Bird


Project of the Week Video Feature

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~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for September 12, 2014: Tremco Roofing

September 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Tremco Roofing is a leading supplier of sustainable roofing systems, including vegetative, cool roofing and more. They are fully committed to building upon their past sustainable approaches, creating new mechanisms to improve sustainability and value for their customers.

GCW-Tremco-logoSince their founding in 1928, Tremco Roofing has “kept good roofs good,” growing into the premier provider of customized roofing and weatherproofing solutions as well as programs for managing all of a facility’s assets. A core value of Tremco Roofing is product innovation with an emphasis on sustainability. They have proven this time and again by removing asbestos from their roofing systems in the mid-80s, developing low VOC and solvent-free products, and offering a wide range of ENERGY STAR and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) certified roofing systems including the industry’s first all-white built up roof which is compliant with California’s stringent Title 24 requirements, and much more.

Their many systems help architects and building owners who are striving for LEED – certified facilities by contributing in such areas as stormwater management, reducing the heat island effect, recycled content and more. Their growing recognition as a leader in vegetative roofing systems can be seen in the dozens of projects they have underway, and in finished systems like the one crowning the Orlando Health MD Anderson Cancer Center Labyrinth Vegetated Roof Garden.

In 2012 Tremco Roofing received an Award for Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security Performance from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council for their LEED Gold certified headquarters renovation with four types of sustainable roofing systems including the ENERGY STAR qualified Rock-It™ roof surfacing system composed of white gravel set in white adhesive installed beneath a rooftop PV system, and their vegetated roof featuring 46 species with almost 16,000 plants. The roof has low impact lighting, a pathway of recycled slate, and Tremco Roofing’s BioTray Vegetated Roof Delivery System.


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The People’s Climate March in NYC on September 21, 2014 and the Movie “Disruption”

September 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

September 11 – today marks the 13th anniversary of the multiple horrific 9/11 attacks here in the U.S.  May we always remember and honor those lost.  On a more positive front, we’re thinking about a world issue and things we can do about it around the globe, and specifically in New York City:


Climate change is one of those hotly debated subjects with so many different points of views, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from fanaticism to complete denial. But I would have to believe that most of us in the living architecture industry have an environmentalist bent and can appreciate the seriousness of this potentially larger-than-life matter at hand.

World leaders will be gathered in New York City for the landmark United Nations Climate Summit 2014 on September 23, 2014 to address the climate crisis where UN Secretary­-General Ban Ki-­moon will urge governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.


Are you aware of the People’s Climate March in NYC on September 21?  I wasn’t, but it was brought to our attention by our long time Student and Research Editor, Christine Thuring.  In anticipation of the UN Climate Summit, 1,000+ organizations are partnering on the peaceful March, accompanied by solidarity marches around the world.  Businesses, unions, religious groups, environmental groups, schools, social justice groups, and more are participating, including and  You can sign up at both organization for updates and sign a petition in support of climate change.

“There are several different bodies that are convening to collaborate on the People’s Climate March, including local New York-area community groups, international NGO’s, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations, and many more.

Because this is a “movement of movements” moment, the People’s Climate March is being organized in a participatory, open-source model. This means that there isn’t a central “decision-making” body or single coalition. Rather, groups and individuals are collaborating with some basic shared agreements around respect, collaboration, trust, and many are using the Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice.” ~

Released on September 7, 2014, a supporting film that you may be interested in seeing is ‘Disruption’ A Film by Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott.


The Synopsis is below:

“‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.” ~

We watched the 52:27 movie last night on Vimeo, but you can also watch it on YouTube, on, or even here below:

Is it worth watching?  Definitely.  Is it a scientific documentary per se?  No, not quite, it’s more political in nature.  It does, however, contain enough condensed factual information to make its point.  I believe it assumes that the people who are watching it are pretty familiar with the multitude of years of climate change studies, research, etc., available to us.  Is it full of opinion and emotional heart-pulling calls to action?  It sure is; I believe that is its main purpose, and it does a great job.

The filmmakers are not trying to convince people of climate change here but asking us to join in and do something about it, specifically with the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City where potentially hundreds of thousands of like-minded people will do the same.

I strongly believe this issue not only needs to be addressed in our lifetimes, but now.

By the way, there is a shot of solar panels galore on top of greenroofed buildings in Germany at about the 41:19 mark:


Please share your thoughts!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for September 8, 2014: Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof

September 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm Project of the Week: 9/08/14


Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof
Lake Toxaway, NC, USA
3,959 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Situated in the Appalachian Mountains in the western region of the state, Lake Toxaway is the largest private lake in North Carolina. Known for its natural beauty, the picturesque area has a long history as a summertime haven for the well-to-do. A Nashville couple were clear on just what they desired – and equally adamant about what they did not want – for their new seasonal home on the lake.

Inspired by the site’s natural beauty, Platt Architecture helped the homeowners build their rustic contemporary dream home. They designed a home that would be both elegant and casual, and blend into the narrow and steep site which drops down from the road to the lake. Designed and installed by Living Roofs, Inc., a green roof system was needed that would accommodate the slope. The XF 301+2XT assembly from Xero Flor America was selected with supplemental soil stabilization. The grid was filled with two inches of growing medium before rolling out the pre-vegetated green roof mats containing a six-species plant palette. Plants were selected that would do well in the cool, wet mountain climate up at the 3,000-foot elevation of Lake Toxaway. The home’s long roofline is visible from the road and driveway and the green roof helps nestle it into the serene setting on a mountain lake.

Read much more about the Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof Project of the Week in the September Guest Feature Article Green Roof Complements, Completes Seasonal Lakefront Home in the Mountains of Western North Carolina by David Aquilina.

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: Lake Toxaway, NC, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3,959 sq.ft.
Slope: 14%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Platt Architecture, PA
General Contractor: Holbrook and Nichols Construction
Roofing Contractor: The Bonitz Company of Carolina-Tennessee, Inc.
Green Roof Consultant, Installation and Maintenance: Emilio Ancaya, Living Roofs, Inc.
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xero Flor America
Green Roof System: XFA System: XF 301+2XT with supplemental soil stabilization
Roof Components / Waterproofing System: Johns Manville 080 TPO
Slope Stabilization: Two-inch Slope Stabilization Grid (SSG) with TerraCell 140
Irrigation: Hunter Industries MP Rotators

LakeToxaway3Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.