Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: April 29th, 2011

April 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on  Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.   Here’s the transcript for April 29, 2011 from our daughter,  Anjuli –  click on the photo below to see the video, or  here.   Enjoy!

–   Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for April 29th, 2011,  on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the  U.S. Tax Court greenroof built in 2008 in Washington, D.C.  The D.C. area is well known for having some of the worst storm water control problems in America and the Federal Government along with the District Government authorities have recognized that greening its rooftops is the most practical and economical means of addressing this issue.  The United States Tax Court, one of a number of notable General Services Administration’s greening projects, was recently re-roofed with a Barrett Company 4 inch extensive “Greenroof-Roofscapes ®” assembly, adding to the growing federal green roof inventory within the Capitol District.  The green roof initiative is reducing the storm water runoff volume while providing the many other environmental contributions that living roofs are known to provide.  Cole Roofing was brought in as Barrett Company’s Greenroof-Roofscape ® installer, who then hired Greg Long of Capitol Greenroofs to oversee installation and maintain the roof.

– To learn more about the U.S. Tax Court greenroof, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage.

–   “What’s New“

–  Chris Wark, our Energy Editor, wraps up his final installment of his 7-part “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof” Energy series. Make sure to read “The Secret and How To Use It.

–  Did you know you can watch YouTube videos, like our latest Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World episode, the Cook+Fox Architects Office, on your DirecTV?  Just click on the link on our homepage or go to the greenroofsTV page and follow the directions.

–  Our April 2011 e-Newsletter is out, so catch up on all of the greenroof and wall news from this past month.

–  Don’t forget: our 2011″Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest has been extended until today, so go to our  Facebook page, submit your photos and vote for your favorite until midnight tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow!

–  Read Linda’s latest Sky Gardens Blog posts: “GPW: U.S. Tax Court“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: 4.22.11,” and Christine Thuring‘s “See the UK Green Roof Student Conference Programme & Register by 6th May 2011.”

–   “Upcoming Events“

–  April 29th-May 8th: is the WMG Water Harvesting Certification in Tucson, AZ.

–  May 2nd: is the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference in Boston, MA.

–  and May 4th-6th: is Greenbuilding – International Exhibition & Conference on Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Architecture in Verona, Italy. For more Upcoming Events visit our homepage.

–   “In the News“

–  Tanya Snyder of Streetsblog Capitol Hill Blog talks about “Philadelphia’s Battle Against Impervious Asphalt.”  She says, “In Philadelphia, your water bill used to be based only on your water consumption…now, your bill is a more accurate reflection of your water footprint, including the amount it costs the city to manage stormwater runoff from your property.”  Philadelphia is now the number-two city in the country for green roofs.  And they’re also implementing a multitude of public space improvements that are popular and desirable in urban cities for many other reasons besides stormwater management.

–  Kim North Shine of Metromode Media reports on “Metro Detroit’s Institutes of Greener Learning.”  The students of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield use its green roofs, rainwater collection systems, solar panels and other eco-minded facilities, like the Alfred A. Taubman Student Services Center, as living laboratories.  The student center was built with recyclable materials and has 120 geothermal wells that heat and cool the building as well as a 10,000 square foot green roof that controls and reduces water runoff.

–   To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our  In the News or  newslinks section of our website.

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com.

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at  Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook and being a member of our network on  LinkedIn.

–   This has been This Week in Review for April 29th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by  The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by  Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something?   We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

 

 

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: April 22nd, 2011

April 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on  Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.   Here’s the transcript for April 22, 2011 from our daughter,  Anjuli –  click on the photo below to see the video, or  here.   Enjoy!

–   Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for April 22nd, 2011, Earth Day,  on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the  Cook+Fox Architects Office built in 2006 in New York, NY.  The Cook+Fox Architects decided to set a greener, healthier example with a roof that absorbs stormwater, lowers surface temperature, and benefits both the local ecosystem and the human environment.  The firm was interested in a flexible system that could allow for a custom shaped greenroof, and the Green Paks were a perfect fit.  In December 2006, the new Cook+Fox office was officially awarded Platinum certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors.  Cook+Fox designed its project in collaboration with Green Roof Blocks, a St. Louis, Missouri-based roofing company, but was able to contribute most of the labor needed for installation from their own architects and staff, substantially reducing the cost of the project.  The greenroof has become a highlight of the office and a valuable educational tool for clients, visitors, and employees.

– To learn more about Cook+Fox Architects, LLP Office, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage,  read Linda’s blog post on Sky Gardens or watch the premiere of our Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World WebTV episode featuring the Cook+Fox Architects Office now playing on our homepage, greenroofsTV page and on our greenroofsTV YouTube channel!

–   “What’s New“

–   Check out what John Shepley, our new Green Business Editor, has to share in his first column titled “Sustainable Business Insights.”

–  Advertiser Press Release:    LiveRoof Selects Stormwater360 New Zealand to Distribute its Green Roof System in New Zealand and Australia.

Submitting a photo for our  2011 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest has been extended to next Friday, April 29th – so go to our Facebook page and keep submitting your greenroofs and walls photos and tell your friends and family to vote!

– Be sure to read Linda’s Sky Gardens Blog posts  “Our New Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World WebTV Video Premiere & GPW: Cook+Fox Architects, LLP,” “Cradle to Cradle & Inhabitat’s Green Giveaway,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: April 15th, 2011.”

Industry News

–   The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten example of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.  And three  of those 10 have greenroofs! Congrats to Cherokee Studios, First Unitarian Society Meeting House and the Vancouver Convention Centre West for their achievements!

–   “Upcoming Events“

–   April 27th: GRHC’s GRP Exam will be held in Toronto, Canada.

–   April 27th-28th: are Tremco Roofing & Maintenance Division – Educational Seminars for Environmental Excellence, 2-day High Performance Buildings Expo in Toronto, Canada.

–   April 27th-29th: is the Living Future – The UNconference for Deep Green Professionals in Seattle, WA.

–   April 28th: Building Green Expo & Workshops in New York, NY.

–   April 28th-29th: is the ASLA Texas Chapter – Regional Conference & Expo in Galveston, TX.

–   And on April 28th-May 1st: is the GRHC: Green Roof Boot Camp in New York, NY.

–   “In the News“

–    Joe Peach of This Big City Blog asks, “Is the World’s Greatest Green Roof in Warsaw, Poland?”  He says, “Warsaw is Poland’s biggest city…and with its violent history now something of the past, the city has been able to refocus, positioning itself as a metropolitan hub linking west and east Europe.”  One way that has happened is with the University of Warsaw’s Library: a building with an impressive green roof that is also an urban park.

–   Tracey Lindeman of the Montreal Mirror talks about “Life from above.”  Lufa Farms and the Rooftop Garden Project make eating local an urban reality by installing their own rooftop garden and rooftop greenhouse.  “It’s farming for geeks,” says Kurt Lynn, co-founder of Lufa farms.  But actually, its 21st century community-supported agriculture: food grown on a roof just around the corner from the people who eat it.

–   To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our  In the News or  newslinks section of our website.

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com.

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at  Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook and being a member of our network on  LinkedIn.

–   This has been This Week in Review for April 22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by  The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by  Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something?   We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Our New Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ WebTV Video Premiere & GPW: Cook+Fox Architects, LLP

April 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/18/11
Cook+Fox Architects, LLP
New York, NY, USA
3,600 sf. Greenroof

Year:  2006
Client/Owner: Cook+Fox Architects
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System:  Custom
Size: 3,600 sq.ft.  
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project Description & Details

In the summer of 2006, Cook+Fox Architects decided to set a greener, healthier example with a roof that absorbs stormwater, lowers surface temperature, and benefits both the local ecosystem and the human environment.  Having grown rapidly, the firm had recently moved to an 8th floor penthouse of a former upscale department store in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District in Manhattan.  The new space looked onto a sizeable terrace-level rooftop, but it was coated in black tar.  While the owners of the building were open to the proposed greenroof, they were concerned about the integrity of their existing roof membrane and building drainage system.

For these reasons, they were interested in a flexible system that could be moved later if necessary.  Green Paks, a modular greenroof system by Green Roof Blocks, was installed with eight types of Sedums and Talinum on the architects’ headquarters.  Two years later the roof did leak, and a new roof was needed.  Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Cook+Fox Architects LLP Office is that it is the first known modular greenroof system to have been entirely removed with new waterproofing installed, and then re-installed in the fall of 2008 to great success without having to dig up a single plant, let alone incurring the cost of a new greenroof system!

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Architect: Cook+Fox Architects
Modular Greenroof System: Green Paks by Green Roof Blocks
Landscape Designer: Jost Greenhouses
Plant Supplier: Emory Knoll Farms and Jost Greenhouses
Growing Media: McEnroe Organic Farm
Monitoring: Paul S. Mankiewicz, Gaia Institute
Greenroof Consultant: Kelly Luckett, Green Roof Blocks

Cost was also an initial issue for Cook+Fox, which was another reason the lower price option Green Paks were so attractive.  Along with a host of other sustainability issues,  Mayor Bloomberg introduced important incentives for rooftop greening with their comprehensive and sweeping PlaNYC  – add that to the fact that 20+ Cook+Fox volunteer architects actually installed and planted the  880 Green Paks, and you’ll understand how they kept the total costs down, plus were vested in its future from the beginning!

See some photos below of the initial installation and the first couple of seasons from the Flickr account of  one of the architects at the time, Shelby Elizabeth Doyle:

Learn all about Cook+Fox’s entire pre- and post Green Pak design considerations and installation experience plus learn about what NYC has been doing to promote sustainability and  greenroof construction by watching the premiere of our WebTV episode “Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™: Cook+Fox Architects Office” on Earth Day – this Friday, April 22, 2011 here on GreenroofsTV!

Two years in the making, join me  as we film on location in New York City and St. Louis and interview the client/owner Cook+Fox‘s Senior Associate Mark Rusitzky; Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala, Former Director, Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability at the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York (2006-2010); Plant Consultant Vic Jost of Jost Greenhouses; and  Kelly Luckett, President of  Green Roof Blocks.

Find out how the Cook+Fox greenroof has fared since the Green Paks  re-installation!

Watch the Trailer here.

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!  Click  here to see more information about this project in  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  See how you can submit yours  here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Watch Our Trailer for the Cook+Fox Architects Office on the Upcoming Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ Episode!

April 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

We’ve been working on the second installment of our Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World™ WebTV series for about two years now, and are excited to announce that you can see it here on greenroofs.tv this Friday, April 22, 2011, on Earth Day!

I’ll also be blogging a bit about the actual Making Of the video, filmed on location in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri.

Until then, watch the fun teaser video on our Homepage, the greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, or here below:

Enjoy!

~ Linda V.