Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge

July 14, 2016 at 1:00 am

The combination of greenroofs and solar – or “biosolar” – technologies is an exciting, intelligent, and beautifully pragmatic way to enhance green infrastructure, so don’t miss watching “Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

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Dusty Gedge and Nathalie Baumann are two of the hardest working/researching living roof proponents on the planet, and have been promoting the industry tirelessly for about 20 years or so!  We’ve had the pleasure of their company numerous times and have seen many projects in Basel and London with them both.  Dusty provided an awesome Closing Keynote Address for our 2013 Virtual Summit, see his Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner video.  And both biodiversity champions participated in our inaugural Virtual Summit 2011; watch the Panel Session “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” with Christine Thuring as Moderator along with Gary Grant, Dusty Gedge, and Nathalie Baumann.  Dusty has also written numerous articles here on Greenroofs.com, and always has something to say!

In their Virtual Summit 2015 video they talk about the Biosolar Roof Project, a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project that spearheaded a series of pilot training projects in partner countries.  The project aims to link the SMART CITES agenda with the Green infrastructure and Ecosystem Services approach to cities.  Filmed in the UK and Switzerland in April, 2015 with both colleagues, their video presentation celebrates the work of an EU funded project called Up on the Roof.

You will see how the biosolar roof agenda weaves architects, ecologists, and engineers together and how we can successfully combine and link the production of renewable energy (high tech) and the delivery of biodiversity with greenroofs (low tech).

Nathalie Baumann

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Basel, Switzerland. Nathalie Baumann, MSc, (BioGeograph/Social Anthropologist) is a Research Associate at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Life Sciences and Facility Management in Wädenswil. She is a research fellow / research associate with her research field in urban greening and urban ecology; Nathalie is a member of research groups on urban ecology, institute environment, and natural resources.

She accomplished her Master’s of Sciences degree at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Afterwards she worked on different projects of NGO’s like WWF Switzerland in the context of River Ecology, Biodiversity Assessment, Urban Ecology and Ecology of ground nesting birds.

She has become a leader with the EU and is creating a greater European cooperation within the green roof research world. A member of the collective UG LAB, Nathalie shares her deep knowledge skillfully by teaching many courses, lecturing internationally, on going research projects and video conferencing.

Dusty Gedge

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London, UK. Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997. He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy. He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), and sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy. His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators and solar power – Biosolar Roofs.

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications. In 2004 Dusty co-founded Livingroofs.org, a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration. With John Little he has written a small-scale green roof guide to help individuals, buildings and landscape contractors to construct small wildlife friendly green roofs. He is also a designer of green roofs and other green infrastructure through his consultancy. Dusty is also a regular speaker at conferences through UK, Europe and the world.

As a birdwatcher first and foremost he has always had a vision that good green infrastructure and green roofs should deliver for biodiversity as well other headline issues connected with cities and climate change adaptation.

Dusty also joined his colleague John Little also from the UK to talk about “Small Scale Green Roofs” which will be released at a later date.

Read about “Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

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We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Don’t Miss the London Green and Solar Roof Conference Next Week!

September 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

The future of roofs is Biosolar!

If you are a proponent of or involved with the fantastic synergy of greenroofs and photovoltaics, then you simply cannot miss the 1st European Biosolar Roof Conference in London next week!  Even better because it’s more comprehensive, the Conference will highlight combining greenroof and solar technologies for biodiversity, renewable energy, and resilient cities.

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Supported by the Mayor of London and CIRIA, the one-day event will be held at the London Living Room at City Hall, London, on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.  The cost is only £50, including lunch.

The timing is particularly perfect after all of the media hype over the “new French greenroof law” which is actually still under consideration.

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Organizers say the 1st European Biosolar Roof Conference brings together leading speakers to show how combining solar and green roof technologies benefit everyone from inhabitants to investors because they:

• Decarbonise the grid, and create energy resilience by decentralising renewable energy production;
• Provide urban havens for pollinators, now that many cities are more biodiverse than the agrichemical countryside;
• Help cities withstand the impacts of climate change, cooling the city, managing storm water and improving air quality.

Speakers include:

London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy Matthew Pencharz
COO of the Renewable Energy Association Stuart Pocock
President of the EU Federation of Green Roof Associations Dusty Gedge
Head of Global FM Technical at Standard Chartered Bank Darren Sear
Architect Justin Bere
Gill Perkins of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
And many others, chaired by sustainable futurist Jim McClelland.

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Download the Conference Brochure, and all info and booking can be found online at: www.biosolarroof.eu.

For immediate questions, please contact:

Blanche Cameron
Biosolar Roof Conference 2015
Tel: +44 (0)7731 304 966
becameron@hotmail.co.uk
Twitter: @blanchecameron @biosolarroof

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If you haven’t already, you can read more about it from the July 21, 2015 Sky Gardens blog post “London Green and Solar Roof Conference 28th September 2015 (and the French Solar Green Roof Law that Is Not Yet a Law)” by Dusty Gedge President, European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls Associations and Livingroofs.org.  He sits on the EU’s working group for the green Infrastructure and ecosystem services policy.  His work in Europe over the last few years working on a Pan-European green roof course and he is currently advising on a project on green roofs, pollinators, and solar power – Biosolar Roofs.

“Intelligent planning and design should work towards combining green roof and solar technologies – it should not aim towards an ‘either or’ situation. This brings into focus the general thrust of…the Biosolar Roof Project.

The ‘Bio’ element of the Biosolar Roof Project focuses on the provision of biodiversity on green roofs through the use of solar panels.  Solar panels on green roofs can in fact, through good design, provide a more diverse native floral community, which in turn benefits biodiversity, especially pollinators.  This fits neatly into the European Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Strategy that aims to address Europe’s declining biodiversity.” ~ Dusty Gedge on Greenroofs.com, 2015

Dusty and his colleague Nathalie Baumann spoke on the Biosolar Roofs subject at our 3rd  Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  Filmed in UK and Switzerland, the presentation celebrates the work of the EU-funded project called Up on the Roof; watch their Biosolar Trailer below:

The London Conference condenses the Biosolar Roof Project’s array of information and stories from across Europe where biosolar roofs are being installed, including in London.  The conference will be of interest to policy makers, building owners, facility managers, architects, landscape architects, ecologists and sustainability professionals – and more.

This is going to be an awesome conference!  We really wish we could have fit it into our travel schedule, but unfortunately we can’t go – this time…Enjoy!

~ Linda V.