A Successful Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 — a New Landmark of China’s Greening Industry

November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

By Annie Xu
Photos Courtesy of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

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The 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress was successfully held in the Purple Palace from September 15th to the 17th.

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The event was sponsored by the China Association of Building Energy Efficiency, Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, China Green Building Council of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Jiangsu Province, World Green Infrastructure Network and the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

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The group pictures above are of the smog in Beijing this past June.  We can see clearly there are 18 days of haze in merely a month, which brought Beijing to the top 10 cities with the worst air quality in China.  In fact, it’s not only Beijing that is in this situation, but many other cities in China are suffering from this severe pollution as well.  As the air quality and environmental pollution are getting worse and worse, the Chinese government has also realized that it’s time we should do our best to restore fresh air, clear water and vigorous nature, which contributed to the theme of the Nanjing Congress: vertical greening dispelling haze, conservation culture beautifying cities and towns.

During the congress, we visited several outstanding greening projects in Nanjing, all of which expouse advanced ideas and technologies.  For example, all buildings in the Zidong International Creative Park, the cooperator of the congress, have attained the standard of national green building, and all of the buildings have green roofs.

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“Phoenix Valley” boasts mobile remote controlling for all of its rooftops offering precise irrigation solutions.

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A little different from Phoenix Valley, here you can see “Hexi New Ecocity,” with the idea and realization of the new ecocity as green architecture and smart city, along with vertical greening.

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Among all the projects, the most creative one should be the “Tree Cube” in Changzhou, because the buildings have made micro circulation and zero garbage discharge come true.

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These projects are just typical representatives of green architecture in China.  Through this Congress, Chinese designers and people who are enthusiastic in greening can exchange ideas with experts all over the world, and also learn experience from them, thus enabling more people to construct more green projects like these.

With this goal, and to facilitate the communication among designers from different countries, the award ceremony of the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition* was held simultaneously with the 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress.  Academician Zhaozhen Meng, left below, attended the ceremony as award presenter.

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The 2013 Nanjing Congress, with over a thousand attendees, greatly inspired students, manufacturers and designers as well.

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Above you can see the Award Ceremony of the highly successful Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition, with IRLA Vice Chairman Wang Xianmin, left middle, and Zhaozhen Meng, right middle.

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The Sino-Singapore Green Land Property Forum, Sino-Japan Hanging Garden Forum and forums about new materials and technologies pointed out bright ways for relevant Chinese workers in our industry.  After the three-day congress, many attendees told the council they felt fruitful and willing to learn more about how to practice the theories.  They also expressed their anticipation of the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference.

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With all these magnificent achievements from the 2013 Nanjing Congress this time, we believe that in the future, more classic projects will spring up, and our greening industry will prosper in every corner of the world.

We invite you to participate in the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference!

~ Annie Xu

*Publisher’s Note: Read more about the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition at my blog post of July, 30, 2013, “Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013.”

Annie Xu works in the International Department of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA). Contact Annie at:

Email: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com
Web: www.wgrc.cn; Tel:+86 10 67115339
Address: Building 4, No. 9 Yuan, Institution of Construction, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, 100037, Beijing, PRC

CITYGREEN – Stepping Up with Green

August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

The latest issue of CITYGREEN on green roofs and walls has just been released.  Now in its seventh issue, the award-winning publication CITYGREEN is published by Singapore’s Centre for Urban Greenery & Ecology (CUGE).

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CITYGREEN is a biannual publication and winner of the APEX 2012 Awards for Publication Excellence as well as MPAS Awards 2012 Finalist, and covers topics on greening and ecology of the urban environment.

Through its cover story, research reports and other feature articles, the magazine updates its readers on a diversity of topics along the theme “Stepping Up with Green,” bringing forth the emerging trends in the field of skyrise greening across the world.

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In this issue, CITYGREEN unravels the new possibilities in the advancement of skyrise greenery. It rounds up a number of impressive project features.  Featured Writers for CITYGREEN issue 7 include Cornelia Oberlander, Marc Ottelé, Wong Mun Summ, Maureen Connelly and Paul Erlichman.

Locally within Singapore, the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel and Jardin condominium go beyond extensive integration with the façade, to bring greenery into close interaction with users.

Internationally, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre demonstrates remarkable design of green roof deeply integrated with the building’s water conservation and treatment strategy, and innovative designs of commendable winners of the international Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence as well as Hong Kong’s Skyrise Greenery Awards in 2012.

Stepping Up with Green also shares the positive financial forecasts for the global green roof and green wall market. In Aditya Ranade’s report of the economic study, Lux Research forecasts a USD 680 million market by 2017 for green walls, suggesting a sure role for such landscape treatments in the future of cities.  By the way, Aditya Ranade was one of our keynotes at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2013 – if you didn’t attend, you sure missed one exciting video!

In line with the growing market, more rigorous standards and testing of various green materials will prove essential. Marc Ottelé shares the findings of a life-cycle assessment conducted with collaborators to understand the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of five different types of vertical greenery systems.

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Read these interesting articles and more in the latest issue of CITYGREEN – preview it here.  Available at leading bookstores for only SGD 15.00 you can purchase it online.  For more information, please visit CUGE’s online store.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m sure the articles are great!  I can’t wait to get my copy.

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Happy reading,

~ Linda V.

 

Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013

July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) invites you to attend their Nanjing World Green Roof Congress in beautiful Nanjing, China from September 15th to the 18th, 2013.

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***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

The 2012 WGIN Green Roof Congress was held in Hangzhou, China and was exceptionally well attended by 1,600 participants from across the world, including Aramis and me!


Left to right: William Wei, Julian Briz, Francois Lassalle, Patrick Blanc, Aramis Velazquez, Isabel de Felipe, Manfred Kohler, Professor Wang Xianmin, Florian Betlzer, Zuoshuang Zhang, Karla Dakin, Dorte Romo, Linda Velazquez, and Damian Tang

New elements present in this year’s Nanjing World Green Roof Congress include the Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition and the “The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest.

“The Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition is organized by IRLA (International Rooftop Landscaping Association) and CABEE (China Association of Building Energy Efficiency), endorsed by VGAG (Vertical Greening Academic Group).  It is a great honor in Chinese landscape planning community as well as the highest level of competition and a highly rewarded one in China.  It provides a platform for public welfare as well as fair, impartial and open competition. It aims at finding talents as well as training and introducing them. Thus, there will be more amazing works which promotes the idea of green China. Moreover, we have the top prestigious judges from all over the world. The winners will be invited to join the World Green Roof Congress—Nanjing China held at Zidong International Creative Park from September 19th to 22nd, 2013. They will also have the chance to exchange idea with specialists, scholars and many other elites as well as receive prize money.

If you are a creative designer, if you are passionate about environment protection, landscape planning and vertical landscaping, if you already have a good idea in your mind, then come on and join us! Share your idea with us! For green urban-rural environment, green China and a green world!” ~ Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition

The deadline for submissions has been extended through August 20, 2013.  Learn all about it at: www.c1118.com.

“The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart” Photo Contest, organized by IRLA and the Website of China National Radio, aims at leading the world to caring more about natural ecology. It is expected to express and intensify people’s greening and environmental awareness through photographing. The contest is designed to show the world new ideas and technologies of international vertical greening, to bring more practical thoughts and methods on construction to city planners. It also opens up a brand new photographing area for shutterbugs, forging a platform of common view and a spiritual homeland for vertical green construction all over the world.

More info:

Contributions Wanted

With the growing land cost every year, vertical greening has become the most economical way of greening in urban center. From the aspect of lowering atmospheric temperature and protecting the environment, rooftops and walls are precious resource of cities’ cyclic development, and they are the revival land of scientific developing greenbelt. At present, rooftop greening groups all over the world are still growing, but its spreading and promoting have a bright future.

I. Sponsors and Organizers

Sponsor: The Website of China National Radio, 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress Committee

Organizer: The Website of China National Radio, International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

Co-organizer: Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council (AGAG), China Green Rooftop and Energy Efficiency Council

Official Website: The Website of China National Radio www.cnr.cn

Contributing Website: http://photo.cnr.cn

Special Website: http://pic.cnr.cn/sdq/

Launch Ceremony: Jul. 11th, 2013

Submission Deadline: Aug. 31st, 2013

Entry Range: worldwide

Grading time: Sep. 1st, 2013 – Sep. 14th, 2013

Prize-giving time: Sep. 19th, 2013

Prize-giving site: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress

II. Topic of the Contest

There is no specific category of the Compete Photo, as long as it accords with “green rooftops, green walls, indoor gardens, green overpasses, green balconies” and any other green construction above the ground. There is also no limit about whether the entry is photochrome or black-and-white photograph, single picture or set pictures.

III. Grading Standard

  1. The content should be real and focus on the topic.
  2. The picture should be vivid, powerful and infective.
  3. The title and illustration should be precise, concise, and concordant with this contest.

IV. Prizes

Gold Prize (one winner): 90,000RMB and Certificate

Silver Prize (two winners): 60,000RMB and Certificates

Bronze Prize (three winners): 30,000RMB and Certificates

Honorable Mentions (several)

V. Format Specifications

  1. Single picture or series both are accepted, but series should contain maximum 5 pictures.
  2. Only JPGE format can be accepted, and the pictures should not be bigger than 20M. If a Compete Photo has been cropped, the longest side must be at least 2,000 pixels.
  3. The Compete Photo must be taken by the participant himself/herself.
  4. No published pictures are allowed. Frame and author’s ID must not be added. If possible, the information of EXIF should be kept.
  5. Each participant can only have 10 entries at most.
  6. Each picture should have its title, topic, illustration and the author’s name in detail.

VI. Way of Participation

  1. The participants need to sign an agreement with CNR Pictures about digital copyright. They also have to sign in through “Society Photographer” and become a “Society Photographer” of CNR Picture Gallery.

The following is the website of illustration for photo gallery signing in and uploading: http://photo.cnr.cn/pms/upload.jsp

  1. The entry must be uploaded to CNR Picture Gallery.

The website of CNR Picture Gallery is: http://photo.cnr.cn

  1. While uploading your entry, please select this category in photo gallery: “Photo Contest – the Beautiful Homeland in My Heart”.
  2. Each entry should be named using the following pattern:

[The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], Entry’s Name, (Author’s Name)

For example: [The Beautiful Homeland in My Heart], A Home of Green, (John)

  1. The telephone of CNR Picture Gallery and information about the contest is  86-10-56807195

“The goal of photographing is to share your happiness and sorrow. Let’s build the future vision of our homeland together. We are looking forward to your excellent works.” ~ International Rooftop Landscaping Association and the Website of China National Radio

Register now to the Nanjing World Green Roof Congress by clicking below:

***Please note change of WGRC dates to: September 15th to 18th, 2013***

If you have any questions about either contest or planning your trip to spectacular China for the Nanjing World Green Roof Conference, please contact William Wei of WGRC and IRLA at: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com.

Happy traveling,

~ Linda V.

Greenwall Project of the Week for May 6, 2013: Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore

June 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/6/13

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57,307 sf. Greenwalls

Project Description & Details

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institution in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers as well as continuing education and training to working adults. ITE has incorporated environmental sustainability as one of the key strategic programmes under the new ITE INNOVATE Plan 2010 – 2015, which aims at instilling greater awareness among its stakeholders, embracing green practices and developing new competencies for the green economy.

ITE made a bold statement to embrace Singapore’s transformation into a ‘City in a Garden’ with green walls up to 35 m (115 feet) high covering the facades of eight campus blocks, together totaling 5,324 sq m (57,307 sq ft), making it the largest vertical greenery installation at a single development in the world. The living walls on the six-storey façades were established using the Elmich VGM® Green Wall System, comprising Vertical Greening Modules (VGM®) containing a geotextile bag filled with EnviroMix® GW, a primarily inorganic soil-less lightweight planting media, anchored onto stainless steel pilasters. The green walls form visually appealing living barriers that protect the west-facing walls of the campus blocks from the intense tropical sun which can reach temperatures as high as 38.0 °C (100.4 °F) in equatorial Singapore.

Year: 2012
Owner: Institute of Technical Education
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 57,307 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System Provider: Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer and Manufacturer of VGM® Green Wall System: Elmich Pte Ltd
Landscape Contractor for the Green Walls: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd
Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.