Greenroofs.com Project of the Week May 15, 2017: Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

May 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm
Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/15/17
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Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter
Edmonton, AB, Canada
2,400 sf. Living Wall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Constructed in the late 1950s, the 11-story Edmonton Federal Building is considered one of the city’s most significant modern buildings and one of the best surviving examples of Art Deco design in Canada. In 2014 Nedlaw Living Walls designed and built the multi-award winning living wall for the new Edmonton Federal Building lobby, under the direction of architectural firm Kasian. The Living Wall Biofilter is the focal point of the large glass public atrium – the newly added grand entranceway into the rejuvenated, historic building.

Much more than an aesthetic feature, this living wall biofilter is a working element of the building’s mechanical system, an integral part of its HVAC system. The biofilter draws air through the wall of plants to the growth medium where biological agents consume pollutants. The clean air is returned to the building to improve indoor air quality and building performance.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

The living wall and combined water feature provide a calm and serene moment in the busy public space. Installed and maintained by Terra Landscaping, the vibrant layered and organic pattern of the plants makes the wall a work of art, and provides a foil for the otherwise angular and clean-lined space. This multi-level, multi-sided living wall biofilter is the largest biofilter in Alberta, covering 2,400 square feet. A recent study predicts that in the Edmonton region, a biofilter can save $398 – $726 per 100 liters of fresh air generated (by the biofilter).

In addition to providing clean air at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HVAC system, the living wall biofilter at Edmonton Federal contributes to the humidity levels of the atrium space. As such the living wall system is adding innovation points to the LEED Gold certification goal. The Edmonton Federal Building is open year-round to the public. Welcoming employees and guests, the living wall provides a soft, soothing, and secure feeling while entering into the gigantic entrance.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Year: 2014
Owner: Government of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2400 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designers: Kasian Architecture / Nedlaw Living Walls / Nedlaw Group
Living Wall Biofilter System: Dr. Alan Darlington, Nedlaw Living Walls
Installation & Maintenance: Terra Landscaping Ltd.
Original 1958 Building Architect: George Heath MacDonald

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

More Info

View the Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/15/17 video photos courtesy of Kasian Architecture by Jim Dobie Photography via Nedlaw Living Walls, Terra Landscaping Ltd., and the “Federal Public Building during construction in 1958, RP164.2,” via the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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Happy Earth Day 2017! Watch the March for Science Live in DC from Earth Day Network

April 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Happy Earth Day 2017!

It’s raining in Washington, DC, but the weather is not putting a damper on the workshops, speakers, and the March for Science Earth Day 2017!

Joey Velazquez at the March for Science Earth Day 2017 in Washington, DC: Make America Green Again

Greenroofs.com’s own Joey Velazquez is there on the National Mall now and is taking video to share later. The March for Science Earth Day 2017 will start at 2:00 pm EDT.

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Marching for Science on Earth Day 2017; photo by Joey Velazquez. Note the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in the background, our Project of the Week for February 13, 2017.

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Watch the streaming live above, we are!  It’s awesome, as are the speakers and performers.

We wish you a wonderful April 22 – just one day out of the year – to honor and acknowledge our planet Earth.

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I’m with HER!  That means ALL of US.  Of course, I’m also with my SON, below!

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Joey Velazquez in January 2017 at the Women’s March in Atlanta. Photo by Hilary Bradford, Atlanta.


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Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

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Join Us Online FREE Tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday: 1st 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Event

April 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

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Join us online for the 1st 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Free Event for Speaker Q & As

This 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture global social media event is Free and open to everyone!  Just like all of the next upcoming events throughout the year, connect with our awesome speakers on Friday April 21, Saturday April 22, and Sunday April 23.

Come to participate and see What It’s All About.

The Free Long Earth Day Weekend Starts Tomorrow!

Join Us Online FREE 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Event

Aramis and I will start things off on Facebook tomorrow starting at 10:00 am EDT.

Get online and watch us as we broadcast live for the first time!

It’ll be fun, I’m sure, and we’ll break the ice since all of us are new to Facebook Live.  Ask questions and make comments on what and how we’re doing.  We’ll do our best to answer!

About a third of our Speakers will be online this Long Earth Day Weekend.  Many more will be online for Live Event #2 – stay tuned!

Q & A Time Schedule

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New Addition to the Q & A Agenda

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From about 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT on Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day – Joseph (Joey) Velazquez of Greenroofs.com will be intermittently streaming live from Earth Day’s March for Science in Washington, DC.  He is our oldest child, filmmaker, screenwriter and Virtual Summit editor about to enter law school in the fall.

Join him and hundreds of thousands of people who believe in the science of climate change.  Preserving and ameliorating the health of our planet Earth is urgent and watch him to catch glimpses of this very important event.

Joey’s videos will be compiled and made available next week in case you miss it.

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The Expo is Free to All

Don’t miss it!  Also accessible and free to all is the Expo Pavilion through December, 2017.  Visit our Exhibitor pages from our Partners:

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Register for All Access

To watch the Speaker videos and get 10 GRP CEUs  from Green Roofs Healthy Cities you must be registered (only $50 or $25) – but if you’re not yet, come and participate in the Facebook Live Q & As over the Long Earth Day Weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 21, 22 & 23.

See you online tomorrow!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

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Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Have you registered yet? We do hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

First Live Event: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend Live Event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Educators & Academics and Urban Ag Innovators at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos.  First up, the:

Educators & Academics:

Keynote Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator, Green Bronx Machine Founder, Author:

The Power of a Plant

Bob Cameron, PhD, Penn State University Adjunct Professor, Eco Applied Technologies Principal:

Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen: How to Construct a Small Scale Aquaponics System for the Home

CY Jim, PhD, University of Hong Kong Professor & Researcher:

Green Roofs Create Oases in the City: Hong Kong

Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas, PhD candidate, Researcher, Author and Olyssa Starry, PhD, Portland State University Assistant Professor & Author:

Design, Publishing, and Widespread Use of the Children’s Activity Book: Growing UP in the City: A Book About Green Roofs” – a collaborative talk

Leila Tolderlund, LEED AP, GRP, University of Colorado Denver Senior Instructor and Research Associate:

RootDOWN Green Wall at Denver International Airport

And the Urban Ag Innovators:

Zaro Bates, Empress Green Inc. Founder, Staten Island Urby Farmer-in-Residence:

All We See is Green: Intensive Green Roofs and Urban Farming in NYC

Richard Nelson, SolaRoof International CEO & Owner and Chris Wark, Wark Energy Consulting Principal, Ponix Founder:

Food Production and the Built Environment: How Local Can You Go? Controlled-Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Panel

Annie Novak, Growing Chefs Founder & Director, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Co-founder & Farmer, Author:

The Rooftop Growing Guide: Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers on the Rooftop Landscape

Mary Ostafi, LEED AP, Urban Harvest STL Executive Director 

FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community

See the entire Agenda to check out all of our wonderful Speakers and their talks.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend, April 21, 22 & 23

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

If you’re still considering registering to watch the videos, you can still participate in the Speaker Q & As as this is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Educators Academics Urban Ag Innovators 2017 Virtual Summit

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!