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It’s Not Too Late to Register for the Berlin WGIC 2017 on June 20-22!

May 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22

The Berlin 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – starts in three weeks! Have you registered yet?

Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22

Held from June 20th – 22nd in historic Berlin, Germany, the WGIC 2017 organizers Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (FBB) with the support of WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network) and the EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Associations), welcome you to join in and be a part.

The largest congress with the topic of green infrastructure and greening buildings ever hosted in Europe, the 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – Designing with Nature promises to be a truly unique conference experience for many reasons.
Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22

Some Impressive Details:

– 104 speakers from 21 countries
– 47 exhibitors in the accompanying trade exhibition
– over 50 poster presentations
– 31 cooperation and media partners (Greenroofs.com is one!)
– over 500 participants from more than 30 countries
– 5 exclusive Berlin tours

See the Congress Program.
Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22

It’s Not Too Late to Register for the 2017 WGIC

The setting of Berlin is a perfect showcase for sustainable design and living architecture, and the WGIC 2017 focuses on roof, facade, and interior greening.  Simultaneous interpretation in English and German will be available.

Don’t miss out on the speakers, networking, tours, and the fantastic green city of Berlin in the company of green infrastructure experts and your peers – register today.
Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22

Aramis and I will be there as I’ll be inaugurating and highlighting some really spectacular projects in our yearly “2017 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”
Visit the WGIC 2017 website to see all of the speakers, sign up for a tour, and check out all of the learning and networking opportunities that exciting Berlin has to offer.

Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22
See you soon in Berlin!

Register Berlin WGIC 2017 June 20-22

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 May 30, 2017: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

May 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Photo: Perkins+Will by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/30/17
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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre*
Vancouver, BC, Canada
17,222 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located in the heart of Vancouver, BC, the spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) VanDusen Botanical Garden is renowned internationally for its beauty and for leadership in plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Exceeding LEED Platinum standards, the Living Building Challenge certified VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre uses renewable sources found on-site to meet net-zero energy annually.

Photovoltaics on the roof create electricity for the Centre, and hot water is provided by a biomass boiler fed by dry wood waste reclaimed from the surrounding area. Rainwater is filtered and used for the Centre’s greywater requirements; 100% of blackwater is treated by the on-site bioreactor.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designed by Perkins+Will and Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects (now Connect Landscape Architecture), the dynamic single-story structure includes an innovative prefabricated roof form that appears to float above the building’s curved rammed earth and concrete walls.  The Centre was inspired by the leaves and flower of an orchid. The undulating green roofs are located on the “petals” and are planted with grasses and colorful bulbs. The multi-petaled structure’s circular space is topped by a daylit oculus with a slope over 45 degrees which also serves as a solar chimney that exhausts hot air.

With slopes ranging from 2 degrees to 50 degrees, this project used three different greenroof systems: the “ZinCo Perennial Garden,” “ZinCo Sloping Meadow,” and the oculus roof with a slope of more than 45 degrees which was installed with the “ZinCo Steep Sloping Meadow” system including the Georaster elements for growing media retention. The vegetated land ramp connects the greenroof to the ground plane, encouraging use by local fauna and promoting biodiversity. The multi-award winning VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is truly a living building embracing bio-mimicry and is open to the public daily.

Publisher’s Note: The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is a featured project at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Year: 2011
Owner: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 17222 sq.ft.
Slope: 70%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Perkins+Will
Landscape Architect: Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Fast + EPP Engineers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Cobalt Engineers
Civil Engineer: Binnie Engineers
Ecologist: Nick Page
Greenroof System: ZinCo
Greenroof System Supplier: ZinCo Canada Inc.
Consultant: Architek Sustainable Building Products
Greenroof Contractor: Houston Landscapes
Waterproofing: Soprema
Roofing Contractor: Metro
Construction Management: Ledcor

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Nodding onions in bloom. Photo: Sharp Diamond Landscape Architecture via ZinCo Canada.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

More Info

View the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre 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 May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/30/17 video photos courtesy of ZinCo Canada; Perkins+Will graphics and photos including by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada; VanDusen Botanical Garden; screenshot from September 2010 Landscape Architecture by ASLA; VanDusen Botanical Garden 1.jpg by Stan Shebs GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons; and Projects In Place Society.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 to Include Green Urban Infrastructure

May 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 is set to include green urban infrastructure as measures to combat climate change.

Malta Valletta Declaration Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy 2030 Green Infrastructure

Valletta, the tiny capital of the beautiful Mediterranean island nation of Malta, will host the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference, held on May 29, 2017 at the University of Malta – Valletta Campus.

The culmination of the upcoming Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference will focus on the Valletta Declaration.

Malta Valletta Declaration Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy 2030 Green Infrastructure

The walled city of Valletta, Malta.

Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Organized by Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe, climate challenges occurring here in the cradle of civilization will be highlighted. The goal is to create a world’s first zero carbon economy solution in the Mediterranean by 2030 and issue an important Valletta Declaration from the conference that binds generations to come.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Paragon Europe is a Maltese organization focused on research, training and project management.

“By organising a conference around 3 important pillars, the challenges and solutions in green urban centres, circular economy and green finance, Climate-KIC will also showcase the key deliverables achieved so far on Smart Sustainable Districts and its plans to extend the flagship programme to the Mediterranean.

The Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) is a Climate-KIC programme that works closely with highly ambitious districts, such as Malta, across Europe to identify innovative solutions to their sustainability and climate change challenges.

Throughout the conference the focus will be on low carbon mobility concepts, the operation of smart grids, energy neutral buildings, the promotion of efficient water management and improvement of public and green spaces.” Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe are looking at how to achieve a zero-carbon economy beyond 2030 to mitigate the severely damaging effects of climate change through the full-day Climate Change Conference that is part of the official Maltese-EU Presidency program. And greenroofs and other forms of green urban infrastructure will be presented here at the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference. A series of keynotes and presentations will be held in the morning and followed by afternoon workshops where solutions to challenges will be provided.

“A long-term adaptation and mitigation plan to cope with the effects must start now. This includes identifying areas prone to sea flooding and building appropriate flood defences, drawing up a comprehensive water framework plan to ensure the survival of the mean sea level aquifer and developing comprehensive mitigation and adaptability plans to protect our cultural heritage.” ~ Edwin Ward, Paragon Europe

To learn about the Agenda, Speakers, accommodations, and further regarding Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres in Malta, visit their website.

The Growing Green Economy

Several factors are helping to drive change towards a low carbon economy in Malta and the region including government legislation, innovations in low carbon technology, and the growing green economy.

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Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation.

In fact, an informal high-level Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean was held on May 18 and 19 at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta. The two day meeting gathered Energy Ministers and their delegations from the 43 States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), i.e. EU28, North Africa, and Mediterranean Middle East.

The Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean meeting was co-organized by the European Commission, the UfM, the Maltese EU Presidency, and the Kingdom of Jordan.  Greenroofs and other forms of green infrastructure were presented by Knauf Insulation, a member of the greenroof industry, showing they are important elements to provide advanced energy efficiency in buildings.

Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation said:

“As roofs are the sites of the greatest heat loss in the winter and the hottest temperatures in the summer, green roofs help both – keep the cold out in the winter and reject heat to enter in the summer. They have many other energy benefits as well, amongst others they can dramatically reduce the roof temperatures (lower Urban Heat Island) which consequently leads to much more efficient air-conditioning and PV energy generation when AC units and/or Photo-Voltaic panels are put on the roof.

There are further benefits to be considered which go even beyond energy efficiency including noise reduction, improved storm water management and improved air quality in cities. We have invested major R&D resources in to our range of Urbanscape® Green Roof Systems in order to be able to measure all that and provide construction engineers, architects and urban planners with state of the art data and proof that Green Roofs matter. And they also look fantastic, too.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Mrs. Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy and a co-president of the European Green Party, expressed appreciation for Knauf Insulation’s presentation and its views on green building envelopes extending well beyond thermal insulation:

“It is great to work with Knauf Insulation. Along with other members of the European Alliance to Save Energy they have been at the forefront of our campaign for energy efficiency in Europe since the creation of the Alliance back in 2010. They are an excellent example of why green business is good for Europe, for European citizens but most importantly for the future of our planet.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Knauf Insulation provided their view on future energy efficient buildings, pointing out specifically green urban infrastructure as a driver of the energy efficiency in buildings and big cities. While greenroofs in particular received positive feedback, they feel a stronger global alliance and presence on the legislation map is needed.

Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU

Malta Valletta Declaration Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy 2030 Green Infrastructure

The presidency of the European Union Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council. The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU runs from January 1 through June 30, 2017.

Continued success to all of the climate change and green professionals in Malta and the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region!

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

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week May 15, 2017: Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

May 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm
Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/15/17
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Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter
Edmonton, AB, Canada
2,400 sf. Living Wall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Constructed in the late 1950s, the 11-story Edmonton Federal Building is considered one of the city’s most significant modern buildings and one of the best surviving examples of Art Deco design in Canada. In 2014 Nedlaw Living Walls designed and built the multi-award winning living wall for the new Edmonton Federal Building lobby, under the direction of architectural firm Kasian. The Living Wall Biofilter is the focal point of the large glass public atrium – the newly added grand entranceway into the rejuvenated, historic building.

Much more than an aesthetic feature, this living wall biofilter is a working element of the building’s mechanical system, an integral part of its HVAC system. The biofilter draws air through the wall of plants to the growth medium where biological agents consume pollutants. The clean air is returned to the building to improve indoor air quality and building performance.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

The living wall and combined water feature provide a calm and serene moment in the busy public space. Installed and maintained by Terra Landscaping, the vibrant layered and organic pattern of the plants makes the wall a work of art, and provides a foil for the otherwise angular and clean-lined space. This multi-level, multi-sided living wall biofilter is the largest biofilter in Alberta, covering 2,400 square feet. A recent study predicts that in the Edmonton region, a biofilter can save $398 – $726 per 100 liters of fresh air generated (by the biofilter).

In addition to providing clean air at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HVAC system, the living wall biofilter at Edmonton Federal contributes to the humidity levels of the atrium space. As such the living wall system is adding innovation points to the LEED Gold certification goal. The Edmonton Federal Building is open year-round to the public. Welcoming employees and guests, the living wall provides a soft, soothing, and secure feeling while entering into the gigantic entrance.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Year: 2014
Owner: Government of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2400 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designers: Kasian Architecture / Nedlaw Living Walls / Nedlaw Group
Living Wall Biofilter System: Dr. Alan Darlington, Nedlaw Living Walls
Installation & Maintenance: Terra Landscaping Ltd.
Original 1958 Building Architect: George Heath MacDonald

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

More Info

View the Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter 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 Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter

Photo Credit: Jim Dobie Photography.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/15/17 video photos courtesy of Kasian Architecture by Jim Dobie Photography via Nedlaw Living Walls, Terra Landscaping Ltd., and the “Federal Public Building during construction in 1958, RP164.2,” via the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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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!

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