Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Challenges New York to Become Number #1 for Green Roofs and Walls in North America

October 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Have you seen this challenge from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities yet?  Sounds like they’re throwing down the gauntlet for the City of New York to step up their greening efforts!

New York is already a city with many, many living architecture projects – in fact, we highlighted this fantastic metropolis in our Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design in the #3 category: The Green Apple: New York City

But GRHC believes the city that never sleeps can do better!  Read on from their recent News Release:

Building 3 Million square feet of Green Roofs in New York yields over $95 million in public benefits over a 25 year period including over 4,000 new jobs in construction and maintenance!

New York, NY – Tuesday September 29, 2015 – With just one week to go before 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference Oct. 5-8, 2015 in Brooklyn, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association issued a challenge to New York today, calling upon them to work together to implement more than 3 million square feet of green roof each year starting in 2016. www.citiesalive.org

“New York City is in fifth place for the number of green roofs installed after much smaller cities like Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia. We are issuing a challenge to New York policy makers, developers, designers and building owners to contribute to the goal of 1 billion square feet of green roofs installed in North America by 2022 – that amounts to just over 3 million square feet installed each year!” said Steven W. Peck, GRP, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

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Source: GRHC 2015, Annual Market Survey

“New York has incredible potential to improve the quality of life in the city by utilizing the miles and miles of rooftops to provide amenity spaces to recreate, grow food and get in touch with nature,” said Mark Morrison, CitiesAlive Conference Co-Chair and Principal, MKM Landscape Architects. “With the right types of policies in place, many building owners would leap at the opportunity to turn their barren rooftops and walls into a private or public oasis,” he added.

While important progress has been made in New York, there is considerable room to utilize green roofs and walls to fight climate change, create jobs and improve equity and social justice across the Five Boroughs. For example, industry leaders in New York have been calling on local and state policy makers to:

  • double the $5.23 per square foot tax abatement for green roofs,
  • remove bureaucratic barriers to implementation,
  • expand the existing Department of Environment’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program,
  • change the City’s stormwater detention standard to a retention standard, and
  • make changes to the building code so all new buildings have the loading capacity for green roof installations.

“We are at a critical juncture as a city, with rents increasing faster than wages; environmental catastrophes such as floods threatening the city’s livelihood; high rates of asthma, obesity and hunger; and increasing divisions between the haves and have-nots. The benefits of green infrastructure to New York City are well documented: green infrastructure reduces energy demand, mitigates flooding, improves housing quality, air quality and public health and supports urban agriculture. For New Yorkers, the choice is ours whether we embrace green infrastructure as a critical solution to our environmental and societal challenges, or whether this technology remains underutilized,” said Rob Crauderueff, Co-Chair of CitiesAlive Legacy Committee and CEO of Crauderueff & Associates.

The Green Infrastructure Design Charrette in Harlem on Thursday, October 8 will bring together local and international designers to help to demonstrate the potential of deep green design and implementation in a 10 block area of central Harlem. The designers will focus on how many jobs can be created, for example, through the use of roofs for food production on buildings owned by the Canaan Baptist Church, a partner in the Charrette.

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Source: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 2015

See the full list of 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference speakers and activities, and register now at www.citiesalive.org.

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Perhaps the Big Apple will eventually be known as the Big Green Apple, but regardless, we send kudos to all of the New York City city officials, designers, developers, and researchers who have done so wonderfully so far!

See you in a few days in Brooklyn?

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for November 10, 2014: Nashville Music City Center

November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/10/14

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Nashville Music City Center
Nashville, TN, USA
191,000 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The LEED Gold certified Nashville Music City Center (MCC) is a 1,200,000 square foot convention center in the SoBro (South of Broadway) district in Nashville. Five stories high, the wavy roof has three independent greenroof sections which mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee. The iconic greenroof design represents the frets and body of a guitar – including 845 solar panels incorporated into the guitar body itself. A 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank stores rainwater from the roof which is used to irrigate outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.

The Music City Center is the recipient of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2014 Green Roof Special Recognition Award. The co-recipients are Roofmeadow, who designed the greenroof, provided construction oversight, and oversees maintenance; Greenrise Technologies, who constructed the greenroof and also conducts greenroof maintenance; and TVS, lead architect, who conceived the greenroof project and laid out the signature green diamond pattern. Greenrise Technologies says “This project represents the ultimate fusion of aesthetics and engineered performance.”

Designed for stormwater retention and urban heat island reduction, the greenroof can handle a 2.6-million-gallon stormwater offset. Protected by a waterproofing membrane from Sika Sarnafil with Bonar‘s Enkadrain®/W 3601 drainage, the shallow under 3″ deep rooflite® Extensive MCL substrate blended by Garick is covered with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Sempergreen. The undulating surfaces with pitches ranging from 16 – 25% required slope stabilization of the media, and the Anti-Slip System Type N with net and sills from Optigreen® was used, supplied by Conservation Technology.

We at Greenroofs.com hope to see you in Music City tomorrow at CitiesAlive!  As you may know, Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design this Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.  The Nashville Music City Center is included in our Top 10 List, representing one great example of the #5 category, “Sculptural Architecture.”

Year: 2012
Owner: City of Nashville
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size:
191,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 25%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS); Tuck Hinton Architects; and Moody-Nolan Architects
General Contractor Joint Venture: Bell & Associates Construction, Clark Construction Group, Harmony Construction Group
Greenroof Design: Roofmeadow, with TVS
Greenroof Installation: Greenrise Technologies
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Roofer: Baker Roofing
Drainage: Enkadrain®/W 3601, Bonar
Anti-Slip System: Type N with Net and Sills, Optigreen®
Optigreen® Distributor: Conservation Technology
Growing Medium: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pre-vegetated Mats: Sempergreen
Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies with oversight from Roofmeadow

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Nashville Music City Center Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Register by Tonight for Last CitiesAlive Discount!

November 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Will you be going to Nashville this week for Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesCitiesAlive: 12th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference?

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Online registration offering a 10% discount closes tonight at 11:59 pm central time: This is your last chance to register online before walk in rates apply.  Register now.

Aramis and I will be there along with some of our contributing editors and a few hundred of our colleagues! Music City is a spectacular place to learn about new design, research, and policy from leaders in our field of green architecture – plus have a great time.

Participants will dig into the science of performance, explore the many interrelationships between energy and water, and investigate the most forward thinking designs and policies that fuel essential innovation in green building and infrastructure.

Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our fast and furious (and always fun) 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design on Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.

For all the lively events, see the updated Conference Agenda.

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Did you know that if you can’t make it to Nashville you can still participate?  Register for the Live Webcast and earn up to 11.5 CEUs.  Plus, the Opening Plenary Webcast is free.

Visit http://citiesalive.org/ for more info.

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Hopefully we’ll see you in a couple of days!

~Linda V.

Greenroofs.com Announces the “2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

As you know, Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I as Greenroofs.com publisher (and ASLA, LEED AP and GRP) annually compile our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.” And I have the pleasure of inaugurating this year’s Top 10 Hot List in Sydney, Australia at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 held on October 8 – 10, 2014.

Greenroofs.com is also proud to share the Top 10 List at the upcoming 12th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November, 2014 where both Haven and I will be presenting.

Now in our 8th year of creating the Top 10 Hot Trends List, the potential and demand for greening of the ubiquitous 5th façade of a building continues to skyrocket across the design profession – in addition to covering walls with dripping vegetation. As usual in our quest for optical arousal, we’ll begin our fast and furious foray into the greenroof and greenwall world with spectacular Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs & Walls’ – those projects which are just too unique to fit into a standardized grouping. This year we’ll be spotlighting New York City as a leader in industry construction and promotion, highlighting projects such as the Empire State Building, Via Verde, and the awesome High Line, among fabulous others.

Continuing our popular new category from 2013: “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design,” we’ll showcase the work of three outstanding international ground breaking leaders pushing the limits in our field.

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Designs in vogue on Greenroofs.com’s radar for 2014 include “Sculptural Architecture,” where the structure itself is a piece of art – such as the guitar-inspired Nashville Music City Center whose roof mimics the rolling hills of Tennessee, and “Greenroofs with an Edge,” where the laws of physics are pushed over the edge or to their limits – such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped greenroofed Hypar Pavilion.  We will celebrate the academics, including high tech offerings such as Pollution Reducing Skyscrapers to Generate Biofuel from a UK Master student and Bio Photovoltaic Panel greenwalls from a university in Spain which produce energy from bacteria in the growing media – as well as cultural progressives including King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Saudi Arabia and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.  We’ll be examining “Meditation Stations” – creating sustainable rooftop spaces for relaxing and socializing and “The Facebook Effect” – the influence of online and social media for marketing new projects which have jump-started such successful start-up ventures as Brooklyn Grange.

Finally, we’ll showcase “Vertical Garden Towers & Cities,” featuring spectacular towering concepts and projects in progress in the sky from around the world.

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2014:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs &  Greenwalls’

9) The Facebook Effect: The influence of Online & Social Media

8) Treatment Facilities Cleaning Up with Green

7) Greenroofs with an the Edge

6) Celebrating the Academics & World Culture Progressives

5) Sculptural Architecture

4) Meditation Stations: Sustainable Relaxing & Socializing

3) The Green Apple: New York City

2) The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
Safdie Architects, Patrick Blanc & Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1) Vertical Garden Towers & Cities: Biophilia Meets Avant-Garde Architecture

See the September 30, 2014 Greenroofs.com Press Release here.

Stay tuned for specifics regarding Greenroofs.com’s third Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 6 through May 31, where you will learn from experts – including Haven and me – about what’s trending for 2015 and beyond.

Aramis and I are off to Sydney followed by Auckland in a couple of days, so we’ll be a little inactive for about three weeks!

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.