20-21 April, 2015: SAVE THE DATE for the 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul, Turkey!

October 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

By Wolfgang Ansel

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Where is there room for nature in towns?  This is a question that is increasingly being asked by building experts around the world who are faced with the challenges of urban densification.

Under the motto “Explore nature on rooftops,” successful solutions and practical green roof technology will be presented, discussed and taught at the upcoming 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul on 20-21 April, 2015.  The latest achievements in science and technology will also be presented.

The congress, supported by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA), will be held at the Zorlu Center’s new Raffles Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

Join us for a top-level program with lectures and interactive practical workshops at the Congress venue Zorlu Center with its 72.000 m² of green areas on different levels.

Istanbul has been experiencing a rapid increase in population due to migration.  This means a very fast urban transformation process is taking place in the Mediterranean metropolis straddling two continents.  One of the main challenges of Istanbul’s green policy is increasing the number of green areas within the whole city.

Desired economic growth and rising land prices on the one hand, and the need for green infrastructure for urban quality of living and sustainable urban development on the other hand, have drawn attention to the city’s rooftops.

Investors have long since recognized that rooftop multi-use not only increases the value of a building, but also improves its attractiveness for leasing.  Because no additional land costs are involved, roof gardens are no more expensive than ground level gardens.

We look forward to seeing you at the 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul!

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Rooftop multi-use at its best – a green leisure area in Istanbul.

For more Information please contact the IGRA Secretariat, Sabine Früh, at:

International Green Roof Association
PO Box 2025; 72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Phone: +49 70 22 7191 980; E-mail: frueh@igra-world.com

- Wolfgang Ansel

WolfgangAnselWolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).  One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level.  Wolfgang is co-author of different Green Roof books.  During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia.

IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

CitiesAlive in Nashville in 2 Weeks!

October 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

We all know that water is fundamental to life and to green infrastructure.

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This theme is the highlight of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities‘ (GRHC) CitiesAlive: 12th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in lively Nashville – Music City – and it’s less than two weeks away.

Held at the beautiful brand new Omni Nashville adjacent to the Music City Center on November 12 to 15, 2014 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference delegates will explore the many ways in which greenroofs and walls can help manage our water resources more wisely.  See the updated Conference Agenda.

Participants will dig into the science of performance, explore the many interrelationships between energy and water, and investigate the most forward thinking designs and policies that fuel essential innovation in green building and infrastructure.

CitiesAlive2014PresentedByandPartnerA few of CitiesAlive 2014‘s features:

• Net Zero Water Boot Camp: The two-day “Net Zero Water Boot Camp” program examines the connections between water and energy usage in the built environment and identifies opportunities for managing these resources more wisely, developed by GRHC and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants, with support from Ewing Irrigation, Hunter Industries and Jeffrey L Bruce and Associates.  Click here to register.

• “To Irrigate or Not to Irrigate?” – join the provocative debate featuring industry veterans Lois Vitt Sale (Not to Irrigate) and Lynda Wightman (To Irrigate), moderated by Vanessa Keitges.

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• Learn from and network with wide assortment of talented speakers in the fields of design, research, and policy.

• Take a Tour of one of Nashville’s innovative and beautiful greenroofs.

• See what’s new with industry leaders at the Trade Show.

• Have fun at the Closing Reception BBQ and Beer-o-rama at the famous Whiskey Bent Saloon.

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• Enjoy a diverse array of GRHC’s professional training courses.

• And much, much more!  Take a look at “The Top10 Things You Can Only Do in Nashville.”

Make sure to read Greenroofs.com’s July Guest Feature Article Water: The Key To Everything Green – Why water will be the topic on everyone’s mind at CitiesAlive in Nashville, Tennessee this November by Rebecca Black, Director of Business Development, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

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If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?  Don’t miss the party!  Visit http://citiesalive.org/ for more info.

Please join us in Music City for some good ole southern hospitality just under two weeks!

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~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for October 20, 2014: Geyser Green Wall

October 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/20/14

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Geyser Green Wall
Auckland, New Zealand
323 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

New Zealand’s first six-star green rated building, the Geyser building takes its inspiration from the country’s thermally active geography and is built on sustainable design principles with a very original blend of horticultural innovation and aesthetics. Designed for Samson Corporation in Auckland’s Parnell, this multi- tenanted, mixed use development is the latest in a series of landmark urban courtyard developments designed by Patterson Associates. Each of the sub-buildings is wrapped in a dynamic, semi-reflective white twin walled facade, which opens and closes in order to moderate the tenants’ thermal environment.

Designed by Natural Habitats and Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company, the two-storied exterior hydroponic green wall is a prominent courtyard feature. Planted with 20 NZ native species including several that are rare and endemic, light loving plants were positioned at the top and cool shade species at the bottom. In total there were 2,086 plants used, many which are not typically used in landscaping, including the rare Jovellana sinclairii. Geyer’s Green Wall has an automated system where irrigation from harvested rain water was built into the modular panels, which have a 25 year structural lifespan. Important factors of the building for Natural Habitats were intelligent design, tenant desirability, quality of construction and minimized maintenance programs. Among others, the Geyser Green Wall recently received the Premier Award for ‘Best Commercial Project’ and ‘Best Special Feature’ at the 2014 NZ Landscapes of Distinction Awards.

Year: 2011
Owner: Samson Corporation
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 323 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Patterson Architects
Greenwall Designer: Natural Habitats and Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company, Australia
Modular Greenwall System: Natural Habitats

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Geyser Green Wall 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.

Video & Project of the Week for October 13, 2014: The Cloak – Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport

October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/13/14

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‘The Cloak’ – Te Kaitaka –
Auckland International Airport
The District, Auckland, New Zealand
2,250 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The District is New Zealand’s ultimate business location in the heart of the growing urban environment at Auckland International Airport, offering the ability to work, play, rest, shop, dine, and fly. Fearon Hay Architects were selected to create a flexible space for hosting events and meetings plus introduce the strategy and opportunities behind the developing precinct. ‘The Cloak,’ or Te Kaitaka in Maori, is a 208m2 greenroof meeting a copper mesh ‘cloak’ screen shrouding two walls of the showcase building positioned in the centre of the airport’s new business district.

The contoured living greenroof was established over a shaped engineered timber frame, providing the shoulders from which an encircling and distinctive woven mesh screen forms, creating The Cloak. With some roof faces up to 30 degree pitch, the greenroof application in an exposed location required technical design expertise and LiveRoof‘s pre-vegetated 150mm deep extensive system was selected by Stormwater360. Working with engineers to develop a lateral support system on the 20+ degree roof faces, they used mechanically fixed perforated aluminum ‘Roof Edge’ to support the loads. Plant selection to match Fearon Hay’s brief as well as sustain the steep slopes and windy conditions was also a technical task. This was achieved using a selection of pre-trialed native New Zealand grasses, groundcovers and sedum plants pre-grown in the LiveRoof® modules for a four month period prior to installation. The architecture of ‘The Cloak’ – Te Kaitaka – demonstrates innovative design and sustainable operation.

Year: 2013
Owner: Auckland Airport
Location: The District, Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Aviation
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,250 sq.ft.
Slope: 38%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof® Supplier: Stormwater360 New Zealand
Grower: Stormwater360
Installation: Stormwater360
Growing Medium: LiveRoof™ by Stormwater360 New Zealand
Architect: Fearon Hay Architects
Structure: Mott MacDonald, Warner Brunton
Fabricator ‘Cloak Fabrication & Installation’: Cameron McAuley & Justin Groves, Design Productions
General Contractor: Brian Hutton & Rob Anderson, Alaska Construction Ltd.
Project Manager: Bruce McDonald & Lisa Bryan, RCP Ltd.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Cloak – Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport 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.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.