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

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

We 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.

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 this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos:

Keynote Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, Tremco Director, Sustainable & Strategic Initiatives:

Roofing BMP’s for Low-Impact Development Projects

Adrienne Aiona, PE, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Stormwater Management Manual Manager and Henry Stevens, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:

Credits for Stormwater Management: A Survey of North American Cities with a Focus on Portland, OR

David L. Aponte, MSCE, GRP, PRGD Inc. Founder & Principal:

Managing Stormwater with the Use of Green Infrastructure in the Caribbean Region

Jörg Breuning, Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology Founder:

Green Tea 4 Two with Patrick Carey & Jörg Breuning” – a talk along with architectural designer Patrick Carey, GRP

Dusty Gedge, European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) President and Livingroofs.org Founder:

Green Roofs and Walls – a View from London

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, Tremco, Inc. Manager, Sustainability Program Development and Green Roof Info Think-tank (GRiT) Executive Director:

Extended Lifecycle Green Roofs – Avoiding Failure of Roofing and Vegetation

Thomas W. Liptan, FASLA, Green Infrastructure Specialist:

Sustainable Stormwater Management: A Landscape-Driven Approach to Planning and Design

Eyal Mirelman, BLDVEG – Building Vegetation Co-Founder & Owner:

Hardware and Software – Balancing the Ingredients for the Middle East

Charlie Miller, PE, Roofmeadow Founding Principal and President:

The Second City – Elevated, Grounded, Inspired”- along with landscape architect Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP

Amy Norquist, GRP, Greensulate Founder & CEO:

Experience Gained: Lessons Learned by a Decade-old Green Roof Company

James Ramsey, raad Founder & Principal, Lowline Designer:

The Lowline

See the entire Agenda.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

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

FREE Global Social Media Event

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 Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

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!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Calling for Support of the Denver Green Roof Initiative, by Brandon Rietheimer

March 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

The Denver Green Roof Initiative is a grassroots campaign attempting to lower Denver’s climate and environmental impact. Within the U.S., Denver currently ranks as eighth highest in ozone and/or particle pollution, third highest in Urban Heat Islands, and has multiple polluted rivers containing unsafe levels of Arsenic, E. Coli, and Selenium. Green roofs would provide a viable solution to these problems that we face.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Denver Residence on Quivas Street.

Four years ago Denver Mayor Hancock signed an executive order creating the Denver Office of Sustainability. Together, they set forth aggressive goals to combat climate change and to provide sustainable solutions for our ever-growing city. However, not one step has been taken towards meeting those goals and no one has been given the authority to enforce them. This was exposed from the Denver Auditors Office.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Community College of Denver.

Denver is growing fast and it is important to mitigate our footprint while we grow. The problems that we have as a city are not being addressed by our elected officials. I personally met with City Planning and Development and it became very clear, very quickly that they did not want to incentivize green roofs or implement stronger stormwater management. Currently, stormwater management is not required for buildings under an acre. It is time to make a stand and show the city that we care about the effect our city has on climate. We must make aggressive change now. There is no planet b.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Denver Botanical Gardens.

The Denver Green Roof Initiative, if passed, will create a new building ordinance requiring all new buildings, building additions, and all roof replacements for buildings over 25,000 sqft to dedicate a portion of their roof to green space or a combination of green roof and solar. This ordinance will affect over 3,000 buildings throughout Denver County and any new construction after January 1, 2018. In order to assure that vegetation will survive this climate, technical standards are included in this ordinance in great detail. These technical standards require thorough planning, installation requirements and maintenance plans. A green roof technical advisory board will also be established to ensure the long term success of this initiative.

We at the Denver Green Roof Initiative are a small group with big ambitions. Close to 10,000 signatures are required, and ten of us are actively involved and have been working tirelessly to get this far, but now we need your help. Pursuant to Denver’s rules for citizen initiated ordinances, we can only collect signatures in person. We had to make petition packets and get them approved by the elections division. There was also a comment and review with the city, and a very specific legal procedure has to be followed for this process. One mistake and an entire packet can be disqualified.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Denver EPA Building.

We just do not have the people to collect the necessary signatures needed in the allotted time frame; we have 200 days left. We have spoken with multiple companies that do this professionally and we feel that it is imperative to hire one to be successful.

We have chosen to work with the company PCI for signature collection and verification because of their integrity and history. The process isn’t cheap and that’s why we are asking for your help in raising $20,000.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

So please, help us get our initiative on the ballot for November, 2017. We are confident that the voters of Denver will vote “Yes” on this issue. We just have to get it there!

Visit us at www.denvergreenroof.org to learn all about our project, the full proposition text, volunteer and/or donate through a variety of ways, including our GoFundMe campaign.  Please help us make Denver a cleaner, greener, cooler city.

Brandon Rietheimer

Publisher’s Note: Check out the coverage from The Denver Post of March 5, 2017 in Should Denver require rooftop gardens to reduce heat island effect? Voters might decide this year.

Brandon is 30 years old and has been in food service since he was 15 – with no background in green roofs, living architecture, nor politics. He had previously lived in Pennsylvania his whole life until three years ago when he moved to Denver. Brandon cares about the environment and believes in making change at the local level.

Contact Brandon Rietheimer at:

Denver Green Roof Initiative
www.denvergreenroof.org
(717) 433-3663

Project of the Week for January 16, 2017: CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

January 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/16/17

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CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care
Philadelphia, PA, USA
145,000 sf. Greenroofs & Below Grade Parking Garage (On Structure Greenroof)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, was founded in 1855 as the U.S.’s first pediatric hospital. Built in 2015 and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, FKP as Architect of Record, and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the LEED Silver Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at CHOP revolutionizes care for children, standing as the nation’s most state-of-the-art facility for outpatient medicine. The curving, colorful exterior is stacked to create an undulating, playful form and features two intensive greenroofs: the 3-acre Buerger Plaza garden at ground level (with a five-level underground parking garage below), and an innovative new multi-purpose rooftop garden crowning the six-story wing that provides therapeutic activities and a respite from the hospital. In addition, small structures on both the Plaza and the Sixth Floor are topped with extensive greenroofs.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Turner Construction performed one of the largest excavations of its kind in the city and built the largest green roof in Philadelphia, the sprawling 3-acre landscaped plaza. With all waterproofing by American Hydrotech, the greenroof plaza incorporates 166 trees, over 3,600 shrubs and 16,000 flowering perennials as well as four separate water fountains and informal lawns. Roofmeadow designed the profiles for both the Plaza and the Sixth Floor with assemblies ranging from 7.00 – 53.00 inches of media and sub-surface irrigation. This garden provides horticultural therapy within its winding paths, large shade trees, and meadows. In addition to its colorful vegetation, amenities include seating, a pergola, and playful fountain. All greenroofs were created using rooflite® green roof growing media. Approximately 6,700 cubic yards were used in total between three products to mimic and improve upon natural soil horizons: rooflite Intensive; rooflite Intensive Base; and rooflite Drain. Providing a stunning addition to the skyline of west Philadelphia, the CHOP Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care is a perfect example of combining various types of greenroofs to create a varied and lush urban landscape above structure while offering a positive and holistic medical experience.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Year: 2015
Owner: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Intensive & Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 145000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Plaza – Accessible, Open to Public; Six Floor – Accessible, Open to Patients and Staff Only

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect, Building Exterior and Public Spaces: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Architect of Record, Medical Planning and Clinical Interiors: FKP Architects
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Waterproofing: American Hydrotech
Growing Media: rooflite®
Greenroof System Designer: Roofmeadow
Landscape Contractor: Sean’s Landscaping, Inc.
Graphics & Wayfinding, and Interior Design: Stanley Beaman & Sears

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

View the CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/17/17 video photos courtesy of rooflite, CHOP, Roofmeadow, PRNewswire 2015 © Jeff Goldberg/Esto, and Jeffrey M. Vinocur under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license on Wikimedia Commons.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher