Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Dear readers,

2015 is fast coming to a close and we’re taking this time to highlight all of our Projects of the Week which we featured this year with a smooth, chill video for your perusal.

From massive, iconic projects such as Sejong City by Balmori Associates, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark by Safdie Architects, and ACROS (Asian Crossroads Over the Sea) from Emilio Ambasz to intimate and personal projects such as Forest Lodge Eco House, the Private Kiawah Island Residence, and 41 Bond, we invite you to watch the Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

If you want more info on any of these, you can find their individual profiles showcased on our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects of the Week Gallery page.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for Greenroofs.com in 2016 and if you’d like your project featured as an upcoming Project of the Week, we have to first have a completed profile! Read How Do We Select the Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week? Blog Post.

See our entire December 30, 2015 Greenroofs.com Announces Their Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video Press Release.

Here’s a toast to all of us in the New Year for a happy, healthy, loving, productive, and green 2016!

Continued success,

~ Linda V.

How Do We Select the “Project of the Week” Feature on Greenroofs.com?

September 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

We’re very pleased that our international readership loves our “Project of the Week” feature!

We feel it’s a great way to get everyone interested in a variety of different types of greenroofs and greenwalls from across the world.  And, the weekly eBlast to our 10,000+ opt-in eNewsletter subscribers is meant to give everyone just a bit of info – tantalizing enough so people click it to see the entire profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Our Projects Database has been up and open to the world since 2004, evolving from the “International and North American Case Studies” portion of my initial 1999 independent UGA research study “Greenroof Technology: A Viable Roofing Alternative” that was the basis for Greenroofs.com.  The initial 30 or so profiles have grown to over 1,600 and counting, and we feel sharing these is an important learning experience for us all.

The Philips Eco-Enterprise Greenroof in Minneapolis, MN; photo courtesy The Kestrel Design Group.

Our Project of the Week feature started in March, 2006 when we selected the Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center (PEEC) – now Greenway Office Building – profile, above, submitted by Peter MacDonagh of The Kestrel Design Group.  In 2008 we displayed our first Greenwall Project of the Week, Anthropologies, below, submitted by George Irwin of Green Living Technologies.

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As you probably know, we now create an exclusive 2 to 2.5 minute video for each “Project of the Week” where it not only plays on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube as well as the actual weekly eBlast, but we also blog about it, and highlight it on our site – plus on all our Social Media sites.

Since we get so many requests about how we actually select our “Projects of the Week” here on Greenroofs.com, plus it’s been over 10 years since I last blogged about it, here we go again:

So, what do we need before we select the “Project of the Week” feature? 

  1. First of all, we have to have a profile for it in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!  If we don’t have it, we don’t know about it.  Submit Yours using the easy online form, a Word doc, Excel Sheet, or more.
  2. The profile needs to be complete, with LOTS of information – the more, the better!  Try not to leave anyone’s participation out.
  3. We need a minimum of 15 – 18 hi-res photos of different angles, including close-ups and at least one building shot (unless it’s private and you just don’t want it shown).  While each profile only holds up to 11 photos and/or graphics, we need at least 4 – 7 more for the video.  Regarding photos: you MUST have permission to use them – do NOT send us copyrighted material unless you have permission from the photographer/owner in writing.  There are many “photo trolls” out there – lawyers pouncing on people because they thought they had permission or inadvertently “borrowed” photos off the web without explicit permission; Greenroofs.com cannot be held liable for unapproved photo usage.  Please include credits, too.

How do we select the “Project of the Week” feature?  Once we have all of the above, these are the general guidelines:

  1. The project needs to be visually interesting, appealing, or important in some way!  Aesthetics are taken into consideration as this is living architecture!  Remember the living part – the actual plants of the greenroof or wall – and showcase the best features.  And people want details!
  2. We try and vary between greenroofs and greenwalls – but since we have so many more living roof projects, the ratio of greenroofs to greenwalls is much greater.
  3. We try to vary: the location in the world, size, type of project (extensive, intensive), building application (commercial, educational, research, municipal, multi/single-family residential, etc.) , system (built-in place, modular, custom or living wall vs. green facade, etc.), designers, manufacturers, providers, etc., plus drivers and more.
  4. When possible, I’ll highlight a project that has something going on that week or month.  For example, we’ve been showcasing New York City projects in anticipation of CitiesAlive next month in The Big Apple.
  5. We try to highlight the people who support our work more by selecting our advertisers about 4:1 over non-advertisers.
  6. But everyone is welcome!  The point is to continue to create a free global resource for greenroof and greenwall projects worldwide – and spotlight one really awesome one per week.

Believe it or not, sometimes it just boils down to having a 100% completed profile!  If you think it’s hard for you to get all of these photos and info together for one project, imagine how we stressed we get sometimes trying to have a project ready to go with all of the bells and whistles – every week.

We appreciate everyone’s time and commitment to making The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database as complete, and open and accessible as possible – why not showcase one of your own projects?

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To see all of the projects we’ve chosen since January, 2013, check out our Projects of the Week Gallery page.  To watch the videos, which we started in February of 2014, visit Greenroofs & Greenwalls Projects of the Week on our YouTube channel.

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The Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week feature on Greenroofs.com is a great way to have readers – design professionals, media, stakeholders, government, researchers, students, and potential clients – see what’s been done, where, how, and by whom.  Search  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database for yourself!

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If you have any questions, just email us at projects@greenroofs.com or call 888.477.1326 or 770.772.7334.

Happy greening!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for August 24, 2015: Forest Lodge ECO House Green Roofs

August 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/24/15

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Forest Lodge ECO House
Sydney, Australia
645 sf. Greenroofs & 657 sf. Vertical Gardens

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Project Description & Details

Forest Lodge is located in the heart of Sydney’s heritage precinct, just five minutes from the CBD. The 3.9 metre-wide vacant land for the multi-award winning Forest Lodge ECO House was one of the last original vacant blocks in the city. As a result, the City of Sydney Council encouraged a contemporary design that would be distinctly 21st century. Having designed every facet of the 2-story project from the external façade, green roofs, vertical gardens, interiors, fittings, and furnishings enabled designer Code Green to ensure that the philosophy of the design flowed seamlessly throughout every element of the project. Contractor Designer Constructions encompassed an eco-philosophy utilizing sustainable materials wherever possible.

Located on the main and lower story roof are flowering green roofs using materials from Sika and Elmich and sporting a variety of grasses, Sedum, Delosperma, and other succulents. They not only supply insulation for the home, but offer aesthetically pleasing views for the neighbors and an environment for the local insects and birds to dwell with logs, a small rock-lined pond, and wood sleepers for the path. Externally, lush vertical gardens utilize the Code Green Wall system of potted plants. They feature strongly with a seven-meter high vertical garden adjacent to the equally high entrance door; a second entry greenwall providing privacy; and rear patio greenwalls showcasing a suspended table waterfall. Among numerous sustainable features are solar concrete slab heating, solar water heating, solar sub terrarium heat storage system, and a 3,500-litre underground water storage tank. The finished building stands as testament to current design, complimenting the neighbouring heritage terraces and placing it in the urban history of the city of Sydney.

Find more photos and additional information about the greenroofs and the greenwalls for this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Owner: Private
Location: Sydney, Australia
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Access: Accessible, Private

Type: Extensive Greenroofs
System: Custom
Size: 645 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%

Type: Living Walls
System: Custom
Size: 657 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Roof Designer: Chris Knierim, Code Green Pty Ltd
Head Contractor: Designer Constructions Group Pty Ltd
Greenroof System: Elmich Pte Ltd
Green Roof Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil®
, Sarnacol®
Leak Detection System: ILD Australia
Green Roof Soil Medium: Specially formulated by Code Green with only 2.5 inch thickness
Green Roof Irrigation: Un-irrigated

Greenwall System: Code Green Wall System – Potted system
Greenwall Waterproofing: Sika Liquid Membrane
Greenwall Growing Medium: Code Green Wall Mix
Greenwall Irrigation: Drip System

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Forest Lodge ECO House Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profiles: Greenroofs and Greenwalls.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda V.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass

May 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting the individual “Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by the wonderful Ed Snodgrass, quintessential plantsman and co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants, responsible for supplying 7,618,400 square feet of greenroof plants (and counting!).

Ed has collaborated on many excellent books, which you can all all find in our Bookstore by the way, and we’ve known him from way back – since 2002.  He was one of our keynote speakers from our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011, and you can see his video “Right Plant, Right Place” Opening Keynote Address by Ed Snodgrass on our YouTube channel here.

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Ed has also been a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com since 2004 as the Plant Editor where he answers reader questions, writes very occasional articles, and features seasonal greenroof plants in “Ask Ed.”  But with all of his traveling lately, we certainly can’t criticize him too much – plus we love him dearly anyways.

You can read my 2009 “From Llamas to Greenroofs: An Interview with Ed Snodgrass” to get a glance into his life.  He’s so amiable and knowledgeable it seems like most everyone in our industry knows him!

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Ed says “This talk will focus on plant selection using climate types for selection, understanding the difference between a continental and maritime climate, for example, and what that means for plant survival and maintenance.  This talk will also look at plant selection and the promise of the delivery of ecosystem services such as habitat creation or biodiversity.”

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Street, MD, USA. “Edmund C. Snodgrass is president and founder of Emory Knoll Farms, Inc. and Green Roof Plants, North America’s first nursery specializing in green roof plants and horticultural consulting. Edmund has consulted on projects throughout the US and also in England, France, New Zealand, China, Australia and Morocco. Since its inception, Emory Knoll Farms has supplied plants for over 1000 green roof projects.

Edmund is the co-author of Green Roof Plants, A Planting and Resource Guide, (Timber Press, 2006), The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide to Design, Installation, and Maintenance (Timber Press 2010), Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living (Timber Press 2011), and The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening (Timber Press 2011).” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Ed Snodgrass shares on the subject:

1) Plant selection relative to the function of the plants and the geography of the roof location.  What do we want from them, what are we asking these plants to do, and what are we asking them not to do on the harsh locations of rooftops;

2) Use not only the USDA Plant Heat Zone and Hardiness Maps but also the World Maps of Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification as they give much more data regarding rainfall and the Grimes Triangle showing the 3 ecological strategies of plants by type: Ruderals, or pioneers, which are disturbance-tolerators; Competitors, which are long term winners; and the Stress-tolerators which can live where nothing else can; 

3) Habitat examples with these attributes to visit: the alvar plains in upstate New York, Huntington Botanical Gardens in CA, pioneer thermophyllic herbaceous communities on rock outcroppings in central Europe, Lava Beds National Park in CA;

4) Plants develop different strategies depending on where they live, e.g. removal of chlorophyll, live during the good times only, size; see what’s growing on naturally occurring roofs in urban areas – examples from Morocco and China; developing cultivars for greenroofs selected especially for a particular stress;

5) How do we want plants to perform?  For example as larval sources, urban beekeeping, stormwater management, highly evapotranspirative, amelioration of atmospheric deposition.  A look at two distinct greenroofs at the University of Melbourne.  Plant specification has gone from really thinking about it to being very casual, so it’s time to reenergize some of our scrutiny.

Watch the 27:25 “Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook Video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

Only Two Weeks Left for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015! See the “Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by Marc Grañén.