Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: February 10, 2012

February 16, 2012 at 12:13 am

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from  February 10th, from our daughter,  Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to  “This Week in Review” for February 10th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Hypar Pavilion built in 2010 in New York, NY. The Lincoln Center is the home of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Juilliard School. The redesigned Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is part of Lincoln Center’s $650 million West 65th St. redevelopment plan, and has a free standing glass-walled restaurant topped with a 10,000 sf sloped vegetated roof that doubles as a campus lawn – The Hypar Pavilion. Consisting of a blend of tall fescue and Kentucky Blue grasses, the roof is 11 feet from the plaza level and 23 feet from the sidewalk level and extends down to the plaza on the south end, providing access for pedestrians where they can eat their lunches, relax and look out over the beautiful reflecting pool below. American Hydrotech, the greenroof provider, teamed with the design firms to meet the challenge of installing a greenroof of this challenging shape; and a new steep slope product and assembly for this type of greenroof was developed, GuardNet™, which provides the appropriate measures to cope with the shear forces and growing media retention.

To learn more about the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Hypar Pavilion,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

You can also watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 9: “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs“ by Richard Hayden where the Hypar Pavilion is one of the highlighted projects.

What’s New

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Turf Diagnostics & Design Puts Green Commitment Into Action.

–    Joblinks Update

– LiveRoof is seeking a LiveWall Sales Specialist in Chicago, Illinois, a Landscape Architect/Designer – Internal Design & Sales Specialist and a LiveWall Sales Specialist – Michigan/Indiana, in Spring Lake, Michigan.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

-Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 9: “˜Sloped and Complex Green Roofs’ by Richard Hayden.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– Going on since February 8th through February 11th: is the 2012 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando, FL.

– Also since the 8th and through February 12th: is the Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

– February 12th: is the Climate Action and Adaptation Tour at the EcoHouse in Berkeley, CA.

– February 15th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Green Infrastructure class: Policies, Performance and Projects, held at the Southface Institute Eco-Office in Atlanta, Georgia.

– And February 16th-17th: is the European Conference on Sustainable Renovation of Buildings, in Karlsruhe, Germany.

– “In the News“

– Amanda Lehmert of the Greensboro News & Record says, “Greensboro hopes eco-friendly building gets recognized.” The 16,500-square-foot roof top garden of the Greensboro Transit Authority’s new maintenance and operations building is one of the items the city officials hope will help the facility earn a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. The entire building was constructed with 100% U.S.-made materials and designed and built with strict adherence to LEED guidelines, which seek to save water, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and make buildings energy efficient and healthy for its occupants.

Janie Schepker, of RiverBend Nursery who grew the LiveRoof garden said it’s full of hardy, low-maintenance plants (like Angelina and Dragon’s Breath) that are colorful year-round. This is the first greenroof on a city building but hopefully it’s just the first of many more for Greensboro.

– Veronique Pittman of the Huffington Post talks about how “Students Cut Energy Use By Up to 17%.” The Green Schools Alliance, “a global network of “˜schools guiding schools,’ working together to address 21st century environmental and climate challenges through the implementation of sustainable, energy-smart solutions,” sponsors the 2012 national Green Cup Challenge, which includes 116 schools in 22 states competing to reduce their electricity consumption during peak winter energy usage, from January 18th through February 15th. Meter readings for this year’s Green Cup Challenge have some schools reporting cuts as high as 17%.

One project highlighted, the Latin School of Chicago, has two green roofs, one atop the Middle School (5,500 sq. ft.) and the Upper School (1,200 sq. ft.) which have become virtual science and engineering laboratories. Using infrared thermometers, students have observed that the temperature on a traditional roof is often 30 degrees Fahrenheit higher than a green roof. Peter Brown, the school’s Director of Facilities and Operations. Says it’s a great opportunity for students to see how a greenroof can help reduce cooling costs.

–  To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

–   Send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or green wall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything  Greenroofs.com by following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook,  being a member of our network on  LinkedIn, and  subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for February 10th, 2012 on   GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by  The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by  Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 9: “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs” by Richard Hayden

February 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Today we have the pleasure to air Richard Hayden’s video presentation “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs”  from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Dick is an extremely  knowledgeable  landscape architect with a quick and easy smile, and I’m sure you’ll not only enjoy his presentation but will certainly learn a lot as well with his years of experience at American Hydrotech.  He speaks about the unique challenges associated with unique building pitches and shapes, and highlights the Lace Elementary School; Tyner Interpretive Center; H2 Hotel; ASLA HQ;  Macallen Building;  Vancouver Convention Centre; and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Hypar Pavilion, which we have featured as our Greenroof Project of the Week in honor of showing Dick’s video.

American Hydrotech has been one of Greenroofs.com‘s oldest and staunchest supporters and advertisers, and we are very happy that they sponsored our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit as our Emerald Sponsor.

Richard C. Hayden, RLA, ASLA, CLARB, is the Garden Roof Department Manager at American Hydrotech, Inc. Based in Chicago, Illinois, he’s been a practicing landscape architect for more than 30 years and has been involved in a wide variety of projects across the U.S.  He’s been involved in green roofs, green plazas and green infrastructure in his array of projects that include public and private buildings, bridges, streetscapes and large infrastructure projects.  American Hydrotech, Inc. ®, is a recognized leader in the development, production and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products since 1977.  Since its first green roof in 1996, American Hydrotech has been expanding its Garden Roof presence with more than 1,400 projects representing over 7 million sf of Garden Roof installations.

In Richard’s “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs” he proposes that no longer are green roofs relegated to the world of flat roofs.  Architects and designers are discovering the nearly unlimited design potential of incorporating green roofs as an integral part of the composition of the building.  From simple sloped roofs to complex combinations of curves and planes, green roofs are being blended with architecture in very unique ways.  This presentation outlines the challenges and solutions to helping architects and designers meet their design intent for their buildings. Examples of a variety of sloped green roofs from around the United States will be explored to outline the technical solutions that were developed by American Hydrotech to achieve the desired result.  Architects and designers will be able to see that their imagination is the only limiting factor in blending green into their designs.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs”  or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit greenroofs.tv play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our  2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our  2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 10th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: November 11, 2011

December 27, 2011 at 12:21 am

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from November 11th, 2011 from our daughter,  Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or  here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for November 11th on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is the Master Builders Association Durban, Westville greenroof built in 2010 in Durban, South Africa. The Master Builders Centre was built in 1982 as a commercial building comprising about 3600 square meters of commercial space. Some of the finishes on the building were becoming old and unsightly, also the exhibition space had lost popularity, so it was time re-look at the utilization of this space and introduce new activities that would not only add beauty to the building, but also add energy savings. The greenroof is mainly comprised of indigenous plants, which require minimal water, are able to propagate themselves, and are less susceptible to pest outbreaks and harsh climates. Also, the green roof increases the vegetation on the property, promotes biodiversity and reduces the rate and volume of stormwater discharge. The roof podium area was planted with two separate systems designed by Green Roof Designs cc, one half using recyclable HDPE green roof modules and the other half using treated softwood timber boxes, which were constructed using both local timber source providers and workers from the area.

To learn more about the Master Builders Association Durban, Westville greenroof, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage.

What’s New“

–   We’d like to welcome Kawasaki Greenhouses, a supplier of plants and pre-vegetated mats in East Moriches, New York as a new Greenroof Directory advertiser.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System Takes Home a Readers’ Choice Award From Greenbuild.

–  American Hydrotech promotes Kevin Serena to Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinator.

–   Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: November 4, 2011,” “This Week in Review” for October 28th, 2011 and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

–  We’d like to say Happy Veterans Day to those of you in the United States and Happy Remembrance Day to our Commonwealth and other friends from across the world!

–   This weekend, November 12th-13th: is Green Festival – A Joint project of Global exchange & Green America in San Francisco, CA.

– November 16th: is Vegetative Roofs – Making Buildings Come Alive Seminar, NCBE Construction Training Center, in Santa Rosa, CA. This educational seminar on vegetative building systems as an effective strategy towards meeting green building requirements is presented by Kevin S. Falkerson and Kerrie Lee Cole of SYMBIOS and our own Design Editor, Haven Kiers.

–   November 16th-18th: is Build Boston 2011, Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA.

–   And November 18th: is Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites in Toronto, Canada.

– “In the News“

–   Brian Cross of the Windsor Star, says “U of W building to impress.” The $112 million Centre for Engineering Innovation is pretty impressive already with its greenroof and living wall but Phase 2 will add 75 foot long wood beams in the ceiling of a four-story atrium. The first phase was completed in the summer and has faculty and students working in research labs. The second phase has three art lecture halls, innovative heating and cooling systems and a rooftop that will become “an academic oasis.” The 10,300 sq ft green roof will be used as a park where students and faculty could eat lunch or relax between classes, and also some students will be studying how much water the roof will divert from storm sewers. Mark Beaulieu, a principal from the architectural firm overseeing the project, says, “I think this will be the greatest learning tool on campus…the building itself is Construction 101, 102, and 103. Structural, mechanical, electrical, the pneumatics of a building, it’s all going to be there to see.”

–   Julia Flynn Siler of the Wall Street Journal, talks about “The Green Man Whose Gardens Defy Gravity.” Have you ever wanted to learn more about the personal side of Patrick Blanc, the Internationally-known French botanist and inventor of the vertical garden? Well, Siler has written an article all about him: from how he starts his day, “often with a glass of white wine or champagne,” to other daily activities like experimenting with plants and vertical systems in his home and drawing sketches about whatever project he is currently working on. Right now he is involved with a private San Francisco high school garden, which is his largest garden in the United States, using more than 4,500 plants. Drew School, in the lower Pacific Heights area, has only California native plants in its garden and small orange-red blossoms are starting to peep through the foliage. You can read more about this vertical garden, how “The Green Man” grew up with his love and inspiration of nature, and an exclusive Wall Street Video at the full article online.

Of course, if you attended our inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™  Virtual Summit, you had the opportunity to see a rare 30 minute interview with Patrick by Linda Velazquez.

To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go  to our  In the News or  newslinks section of our website.

–   Send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or green wall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything  Greenroofs.com by following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook,  being a member of our network on  LinkedIn, and  subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for November 11th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by  The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by  Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Order Your 2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar Now!

December 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again – the end of 2011 – when we start looking ahead and planning for the next!

What better way to stay up to date with greenroof and greenwall happenings around the world than with our brand new 2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall  Calendar?  Now in our fifth year of publishing, the Calendar combines two of our most popular destinations on Greenroofs.com: The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events.

We’re very happy with the beautiful projects highlighted and hope you will be, too.  See the  Press Release here.

The 2012 Calendar has 78 events posted from across the globe and the cover features the luscious, top to bottom plant-enveloped Private Brussels Residence Vertical Garden & Greenroof by Patrick Blanc and Philippe Samyn.  Inside you’ll find full color glossy photos of projects from Honolulu, Long Island City, Chicago, Culpeper, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, San Francisco, Delft, New York City, Beachwood, and Baltimore.

Special thanks go to our participating Sponsors of the 2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar:    Barrett Company,  Green Living Technologies,  Green Roof Blocks,  GreenGrid, International Leak Detection,  LiveRoof, rooflite ®,  Roofmeadow,  Saul Nurseries,  Tremco,  Xero Flor America, and  ZinCo-USA.

And thanks to these Greenroofs.com’s Sponsors who weren’t featured this year –  American Hydrotech and  Conservation Technology –  but whose support also makes our website possible (along with all of you who are listed in  The Greenroof Directory)!

By the way, if you’d like to see all the previous years’ calendar projects, click here.

The  2012 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar will make a perfect holiday gift for you, your staff,  and your green architecture like-minded friends and family, so order now in time for all the upcoming  holidays and the  new year.

Enjoy and happy greening!

~ Linda V.