Video & Project of the Week for August 25, 2014: Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof

August 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/25/14

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Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof
Toronto, Canada
36,760 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The multi-award winning Nathan Phillips Square (NPS) is Toronto’s premier public space and civic gathering place, a leading tourist attraction for the city, and a national and provincial landmark. The design competition to revitalize NPS was won by the design team of PLANT Architect, Perkins+Will Shore Tilbe Architects and Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture in part based on providing a publicly accessible green roof on the podium roof. The new 2.7-acre upper-level urban plaza garden is now a vibrant, active space and Canada’s largest accessible living roof.

From the start the Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof was designed to be grown and installed in a modular system. Grown at the LiveRoof Ontario nursery, it employs a combination of 6″ deep LiveRoof® Deep System Modules and 4″ deep LiveRoof® Standard Modules. Twenty-two different plant blends include grasses, sedums and perennials in a kaleidoscope of colors. The design consists of three formal conditions: a sedum mosaic, a paved courtyard that frames the curved chamber and a deck cafe that occupies the prow. The perimeter garden is treated as a field in purple, pink, yellow/orange and green sedums. Installed by general contractor Flynn Canada Ltd., new landscaped gardens, courtyards, terraces, furniture and walkways provide unique views of downtown from this urban oasis in the heart of the city. Every year, over 1.5 million visitors attend a variety of community and special events hosted here.

Year: 2009
Owner: City of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 36,760 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design: PLANT Architect Inc. & Perkins+Will Shore Tilbe Irwin Architects w/ Adrian Blackwell, Urban Projects
LiveRoof Distributor & Grower: Kees Govers, BSc (Agr), LiveRoof Ontario Inc.
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Landscape Architect: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Waterproofing: CCW by Carlisle
Drainage: Miradrain by Carlisle
Soils Consultant: Urban Trees + Soil
Heritage Consultant: Blanche Lemko van Ginkel
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for June 23, 2014: Daniels Residence

June 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/23/14

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Daniels Residence
Toronto, Canada
2,228 sf Greenroofs

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Project Description & Details

Originally built in 1935, the new owners re-imagined this Toronto Art Deco masterpiece into a beautiful sustainable home with the help of Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc. (SUSTAINABLE.TO). Situated in the premier neighborhood of South Hill, the Daniels Residence boasts solar panels, high albedo roof, exterior solar shades, interior reflective light shelves, high efficiency replacement windows, re-use of existing materials, triple-glazed curtain wall, native plant species, local and/or recycled content, geothermal, rainwater collection, and a beautiful green roof.

Composed of five different green roof sections, the Daniels Residence uses HYDROPACK by Vegetal i.D., a lightweight all-in-one modular green roof system that enabled easy installation and instant greening. Each green roof section is composed of HYDROPACK’s Standard Mix, which is a blend of 30 species of succulents and herb species specifically chosen for their hardiness and drought tolerance. Through the combination of many efficiency strategies, the home was able to achieve a 35% reduction in energy use as well as rainwater runoff harvesting and mitigation on site.

Year: 2013
Owner: David and Kate Alexander Daniels
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Roof Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Roof Size: 2,228 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access:
Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Paul Dowsett, Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc.
Green Roof Design: Vegetal i.D. Inc. & Paul Dowsett Architecture Inc.
Modular Green Roof System: HYDROPACK by Vegetal i.D. Inc.
Build & Contractor: Ginkgo Sustainability

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Exploring the Connections Between Healthy Communities and Green Infrastructure by Steven Peck

June 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

By Steven Peck

Over the past two decades researchers have begun developing the tools for quantifying the multiple benefits of living green infrastructure.  Living green infrastructure technologies cover a wide range of strategies from active and passive turf to trees, wetlands, structural soils, green walls and green roofs.  Green infrastructure technologies are becoming increasingly recognized by policy makers as proven and effective ways to solve multiple urban problems.  Yet the many contributions of green infrastructure to our natural and built environments, as well as to human health, are not fully reflected in public policies pertaining to buildings, design practice, community planning or capital and operational investments in infrastructure.

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Green infrastructure can deliver preventative health care benefits that translate into reduced expenditures for health care, longer life spans and better quality of life.  With society facing rapidly-escalating public and private health care costs, multi-billion dollar infrastructure deficits, extreme weather events ranging from heat waves to floods and ice storms, broader policy support for living green infrastructure systems provides opportunities to achieve multiple dividends and address multiple needs in our communities.  We need to rapidly adopt new thinking about what constitutes ‘infrastructure’ and implement new policies so that green infrastructure investment can complement traditional grey infrastructure to derive the maximum taxpayer benefits from the billions of public dollars invested each year.

FIND OUT MORE
Read the full paper on Exploring the Connections Between Healthy Communities and Green Infrastructure at http://goo.gl/jwNX6.

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This topic will be more comprehensively presented during Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure, Designing For Health, which takes place August 25-26 2014 in Toronto, Canada.  Save $100 if you register by June 16th.  Visit www.greytogreenconference.org for more information.

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Read the Summer 2014 (Health) issue of the Living Architecture Monitor, North America’s green roof and wall magazine for FREE at www.livingarchitecturemonitor.com.

Steven Peck is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

SPeckSteven Peck is also co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation in Toronto, Canada.  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America.  GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.  Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven at: speck@greenroofs.org  and Tel: 416.971.4494 (233).

Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities at Grey to Green 2014

May 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

As you might know by now, Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure Focusing on Health, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, takes place on August 25-26, 2014.

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Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this year’s Grey to Green Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about the economics of green infrastructure from over 75 leaders in our field, including these distinguished keynotes:

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Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has written the background paper “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities.”  It provides an overview of the literature that illustrates the connections between living green infrastructure and human health, and many of these topics will be presented during Grey to Green – click below to download:

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“Over the past two decades researchers have increased their understanding and begun to develop the tools for quantifying the multiple benefits of living green infrastructure. Living green infrastructure technologies cover a wide range of strategies from active and passive turf to trees, wetlands, bioswales, structural soils, green walls and green roofs. Green infrastructure technologies are becoming recognized by engineers, designers, health care advocates, developers and policy makers world wide as proven and effective ways to solve multiple urban problems. Yet in North America, the many contributions of green infrastructure to our natural and built environments, as well as to human health, are not fully reflected in public policies pertaining to buildings, design practice, community planning or capital and operational investments in infrastructure.

…This paper looks at living green infrastructure through the lens of health, largely human health, in an effort to raise awareness of these important benefits and to identify some opportunities for further research, public policy development and building design practice improvements.” ~ Steven W. Peck

Read more about Grey to Green from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities:

Grey to Green Conference – August 25-26, 2014

Early Bird Deadline ends June 16th. Save up to $100 by signing up early!

GRPs earn up to 6.5 CE hours at the Grey to Green Conference. The Conference has been submitted to ASLA, AIA, USGBC/GBCI, and OAA for Continuing Education Units.

Bill Browning Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Learn the Emerging Science, Health and Economic Benefits of Designing our Buildings with Nature.
Craig Applegath Architect, Principal and Eco-Design Lead, DIALOG
Regeneration, Resilience and Symbiosis: Fashioning our cities to respond to a climate challenged world.
Dr. John Howard Chair, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
Hear how doctors are using green infrastructure for prevention health care.
Kathleen Wolf, PhD Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
Learn how the benefits of green infrastructure translates the economic bottom line for agencies and organizations.

Why attend Grey to Green?
Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure.The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research that will help you:• Build the business case on your next project
• Implement these systems and technologies into any home and/or any project
• Learn that latest standards, design aids, and frameworks
• Learn what exactly the economic benefits are when designing for health (You will be surprised!)
Learn and PlayToronto has the most highrise buildings under construction in North America and will be home to 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials as it gears up for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.Come be the first to check out the exclusive green infrastructure projects of the Toronto Pan Am/Parpan Am games facilities – which all will meet LEED Gold certification standards. Click to learn more about the Grey to Green Tours.
Closing Reception on Toronto City Hall Green Roof PodiumA must Not Miss Event – To close out Grey to Green we’re dining outside on the green roof podium at City Hall.  The 36,000 square foot modular green roof is an Award of Excellence winner and is Toronto’s largest publicly accessible green roof.

Early bird deadline ends June 16th.  Save up to $100 by signing up early!

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Register by Monday, June 16 to take advantage of the 2014 Early Bird Special Rate!

Please visit www.greytogreenconference.org for more info or contact conference@greenroofs.org.

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.