Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit & Town Hall

September 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Denver Green Roof Initiative

The Denver Green Roof Initiative is a grassroots campaign comprised solely of volunteers who are striving to create a new building code, I-300, requiring large buildings across Denver to dedicate a portion of their roof to solar or vegetation.

As reported here on March 28, for six months now these volunteers have worked tirelessly and were able to gather the number of signatures necessary to be placed on the Denver County, November 7, 2017 ballot.

Kudos to all!

Support the Cause: Triple 10 Challenge

The Denver Green Roof Initiative recently introduced the Triple 10 Challenge:

  • Tell 10 friends about this initiative;
  • Donate 10 hours of your time between now and November 7th;
  • And finally, they are asking for you to donate 10 dollars.

Learn More at Denver Green Roof Initiative

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Certainly, we can all tell 10 colleagues about this super important mission.  And, if you live in the Denver area, it is in your best interest to support this cause and our green infrastructure community!

If possible, please help the Denver Green Roof Initiative with a $10 secure donation to further their cause – which will help promote greenroofs throughout the U.S. as well as North America (Greenroofs.com has).

10 Friends, 10 Hours, 10 dollars.

Denver Ranks 11th Worst in the U.S. for Air Quality & 3rd for Its Urban Heat Island Effect

The tireless Denver Green Roof Initiative Campaign Manager, Brandon Rietheimer, says:

With our federal government no longer paying attention to climate change it is imperative that we take charge at the local level.

Denver is a leader in progressive change. The passing of this measure will show the entire nation the steps that need to be taken now to prevent and reduce the problems of the future. This means clean energy and a cooler city. Join us today in making it a reality and don’t forget to vote Yes on I-300.

According to the Denver Green Roof Initiative, Denver’s own EPA building, which has had a greenroof since 2006, has an average temperature of 80 degrees in the summer compared to the roof across the street, measuring 170 degrees.

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Denver EPA Building greenroof.

How about following the early leader, County of Denver?

Time to Hit the Streets This Saturday & Sunday September 30 & October 1

Do you live in Denver?  Help the Denver Green Roof Initiative spread the word:

We need your help this weekend to begin passing out flyers. For 2 hours, Saturday or Sunday, we will be hitting doors and dropping off flyers to houses throughout your neighborhood! Can you lend us a hand? You won’t have to knock on doors and speak with anyone. Just simply drop off a flyer in a mailbox or at a front door. It’s that easy! ~ Denver Green Roof Initiative

You’ll even get free donuts and coffee for your work!  But if you can’t help this weekend, you can still donate your time.  Email: volunteer@denvergreenroof.org

I-300 Fundraising Benefit on October 7 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Held at the Mercury Café at 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205, VIP Purchasers will receive an I-300 T-Shirt and are granted special Early Access.

VIP: Doors Open, Silent Auction Begins: 4:30pm
Meet and Greet with Founder of I-300: 5:00-5:45pm
Musical Guest “Random Temple” 5:45-6:45pm
Guest Speaker “Jennifer Bousselot” PhD Green Roof Expert 7:00-7:30pm

General Admission: Doors Open: 7:30pm
Musical Guest “Vibe Street” 7:45 to 9:00pm
Silent Auction Ends 8:30pm

I-300 Town Hall on October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the Green Roof Initiative for a good old fashioned Town Hall at the Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209.

Green Roof Expert, Rick Kile, will be giving an hour long presentation followed by a Q and A.

Don’t Live in Denver?  Donate on ActBlue

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Questions? Please email Brandon@denvergreenroof.org or call (717) 433-3663.

Good luck with the Denver Green Roof Initiative and we look forward to your continued success!

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 through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29th ~ Round #2 starts on October 16th!

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Project of the Week for September 18, 2017: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage

September 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/18/17

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage
Seattle, WA, USA
87,120 sf Greenroofs plus multiple green infrastructure elements

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people and its campus is a paragon of sustainable features. Designed by NBBJ Architects and completed in 2011, the multi-award winning Gates Foundation’s headquarters is the largest LEED-NC Platinum Certified nonprofit building in the world. Located across the street from the Seattle Space Needle, the former 12-acre asphalt parking lot had previously emptied its runoff into Puget Sound. But the design team including landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) created a stylish palette of mostly natives, including big leaf maples and edibles, along with drought tolerant non-natives. And, the campus features a total of two acres of extensive greenroofs, each with a five inch depth with plantings of sedum and sempervivum.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Completed first in 2008, most striking is the Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage, with its 1.5 acre undulating living roof from American Hydrotech. The multifaceted structure is flooded with natural light and the high-vaulted roof is cut with a dramatic skylight. Working with NBBJ and GGN, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company led the water resource management design, including a 100 percent non-potable irrigation system, water harvesting, subsurface drainage, green roofs, and soils engineering.

Rainwater is filtered by the greenroofs and directed from paved areas into a million-gallon cistern, currently harvesting 3.3 million gallons of rainwater a year. Conservation strategies reduce energy consumption by 39 percent via a solar array, thermal energy, and more. Potable water use is reduced by 79 percent through landscape features, rainwater storage, and the living roofs. This represents an upfront investment in the 100-year energy-efficient building that will pay for itself in fewer than 30 years. In addition to regenerating the surrounding downtown Seattle community, the ecologically and workplace-sensitive campus design has created a new world model for sustainable urban campuses.

Publisher’s Note: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage greenroof will be featured on one of the tours at CitiesAlive 2017.  Join colleagues on Thursday, September 21 at 9:00am – 12:00pm – click to learn more.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Year: 2008
Owner: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center (garage only co-owned)
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use – Commercial: Above-Ground Parking Garage and Corporate
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 87120 sq.ft. (approximately 2 acres between all of the greenroof on the campus)
Slope: Varies to about 7%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: NBBJ
Landscape Architect: GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol)
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Landscape Contractor: Pacific Earthworks
Greenroof Plant and Ecology Consultant: Rana Creek
Multiple Engineering Services: Arup
General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company, Inc.
Irrigation and Soils: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

More Info

View the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 9/18/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Sean Airhart/NBBJ; ©GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), including one each by ©Timothy Hursley and ©Sellen Construction Company; and ©Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company.

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

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Gates Foundation Seattle Center 5th Avenue North Parking Garage Greenroof

CounterpointeSRE PACE Program Announces Innovative Financing for Greenroofs

August 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing for Greenroofs

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

If you are lucky to be located in a U.S. state covered by PACE financing, you may be eligible for financing 100% of the costs to fund permanent green energy-saving, water-saving and seismic strengthening improvements – now including greenroofs!

Last week, Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate, a leader in commercial real estate PACE financing, announced the launch of new financing program for the installation, service, and maintenance of greenroofs nationwide.

This innovative new financing program will help property owners comply with San Francisco’s new Living Roof Ordinance for one, and is backed by property-tax assessments funding – known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing – through which the local county or municipality offers a voluntary tax assessment increase in exchange for the funding costs.

“The financing provided by Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate provides financing for 100% of the costs of green roof installation. Through the CounterpointeSRE’s PACE program, the assessment that funds the improvements is repaid with long term, fixed rates through an additional line item on the property tax statement. This will allow hotels, offices, hospitals and other commercial properties to finance green roofs while preserving capital and potentially qualifying for off balance sheet treatment. Assessments are tied to the property, so they may be passed through to tenants, are non-recourse to owners and are transferrable upon sale of the property.

A highlighted feature of the new program is 100% financing that includes all related soft costs such as design, engineering, egress installation, and prepaid service or maintenance contracts for the green roof.” ~  Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

Download the CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program PDF to read more about it and how you and your property may qualify.

“CounterpointeSRE is pleased to work in conjunction with city planners to helps reduce heat island effects, manage stormwater, and increase open space in commercial spaces.

Through this program, property owners can increase ROI, property aesthetics and property value while making our cities more environmentally friendly.” ~ Eric Alini, managing partner at Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading PACE provider, financing commercial real estate clean energy and resiliency improvements nationwide from $100,000 to $50,000,000.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity to fund commercial greenroofs and we need to look more into it!  For more information, please visit CounterpointeSRE.

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week July 17, 2017: The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square

July 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/17/17

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The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square
Athens, Greece
6,997 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Considered the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, Syntagma (Constitution) Square is at the epicentre of commercial activity and Greek politics, situated opposite the Greek Parliament. The Greek Ministry of Finance installed a lightweight green roof, or oikostegi, within a shallow substrate depth (less than 10 cm) on the Treasury in Constitution Square with the main motivation being to provide a research roof to study the thermodynamic impact of a green roof in hot Athens. Designed and installed by Oikosteges, or OS Green Roofs, mainly indigenous Hellenic aromatic herbs were selected to be able to survive the harsh conditions such as several species of thyme, sage, lavender, mint, and oregano, among others.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Studies of the thermodynamics of the roof in September 2008 concluded that the thermal performance of the building was significantly affected by the installation. In further studies in August 2009, energy savings of 50% were observed for air conditioning in the floor directly below the installation. Energy savings totaling €5,630 per annum were recorded, which translates to a 9% saving in air conditioning and a 4% saving in heating bills for the whole building.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

The study also stated that while measurements were being made by thermal cameras, a plethora of birds and beneficial insects were observed on the roof, ranging from robin redbreasts, yellow hammers, yellow tits, coal tits, and sparrows to kestrels hovering high above eyeing up the smaller birds. Also, many species of pollinators have been seen such as honey bees, tiger swallowtail and monarch butterflies – plus dragonflies and ladybugs. The study suggested that both the micro-climate and biodiversity of Constitution Square had been improved by the oikostegi.

Publisher’s Note: Watch the collaborative video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece by Andrew Clements & Karla Dakin from the 2015 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube which includes the Hellenic Treasury.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Year: 2008
Owner: Hellenic Treasury
Location: Athens, Greece
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,997 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof System: Oikosteges 1 (OS1)
Greenroof Design & Installation: Andrew Clements, OS Green Roofs

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

More Info

View The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square 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 July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/17/17 video photos courtesy of Andrew Clements, and Public Eye Studio with permission from Andrew Clements.

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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 through December, 2017.  Round #2 coming soon!

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece