Support Awesome Kickstarter Venture: Chris Wark, Our Energy Editor, Just Launched P-Pods by Ponix!

August 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Based in Manhattan, Christopher Wark has been Greenroofs.com‘s Energy Editor since 2010 (see his excellent column, including his seven-part series entitled “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof“).

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After years of research, Chris and wife Wendy Amengual Wark have just launched their new venture, P-Pods by Ponix, on Kickstarter, and with only 16 days to go, they need our support!

They are looking for backers, both large AND small.  As you may know, Kickstarter promotes campaigns that have more backers, not more money pledged, so if they can get 100 people to pledge even $1.00, that would help get the campaign noticed.

So, what is a P-Pod?

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P-Pods are mini-greenhouses that work in areas as small as 3 square feet!  The P-Pods’ versatile, portable design protect from wind, insulate and use less water.

“Ponix is proud to introduce the best environment for growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables in small outdoor spaces, especially where plants can be damaged by wind, storms, and pests. The concept design we developed is a rugged, compact plant pod that has been dubbed the “P-Pod” and will be easy to buy, easy to use, and easy to look at.

With P-Pods, you can stop paying big bucks for wilted herbs, Styrofoam strawberries, and past-due peppers. No matter how small – or large – your space and no matter what the weather, you can enjoy healthy, home-grown produce any time of year.” ~ Ponix Press Release

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P-Pod prototypes #2 (right) and #3 (left)

P-Pods’ Features:

*  Low-profile design withstands high winds on balconies & roofs
*  Double-wall panels: excellent insulation and diffuse sunlight
*  Easy access: 2-way access panels – no swinging doors or lids
 Protection from insects, birds, rodents and deer
 For conventional, semi-hydroponic, & fully hydroponic gardening
 Lightweight and portable: Easy to assemble – only 6 parts
 Optional thermostatically-controlled heated irrigation system

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“A convenient configuration for balconies is the Duo.  It is made up of 2 P-Pods side-by-side with no wall between the individual P-Pods.  This allows more room for larger plants to spread out.  The greater volume also helps to keep all the enclosed plants warmer during cold weather.  There is no limit to the number of P-Pods that can be attached side-by-side.” ~ Chris Wark

Various sizes of P-Pods are available, including the Mini-Pod (base is 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep; the back is 24 inches) and the Midi-Pod (24 x 24 inches at the base and 36 inches high at the back) – available with an optional heated irrigation system for year-round growth – both part of the Kickstarter campaign:

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NOTE:  The Mongo-Pod concept has a 3 ft x 3 ft tray and is 5 ft tall at the back.  Because it is wider than the Mini-Pod and Midi-Pod, they simply couldn’t fit it into this campaign.

Watch the fun and informative P-Pod video from Chris and Wendy Wark of Ponix:

Please visit the Ponix website, www.pponix.com, to learn more about P-Pods and how they can be used to maximize the productivity and quality of your locally grown micro-garden.  See the FAQ’s here.

Also, read the entire “P-Pods by Ponix Just Launched on Kickstarter! Micro-garden your own greens, reds, and yellows year-round in whatever space you have” Press Release.  For further info, contact Chris at:

Christopher Wark, President, Ponix
cwark@pponix.com
www.pponix.com
1.917.475.1847 / 1.347.835.2178
P.O. Box 64 – New York, NY 10018.

Urban rooftop growing just got a new player with P-Pods.  With hundreds of balconies, decks and terraces in the upper west side, the opportunities for growing fresh herbs and veggies are enormous within New York City alone!  In my humble opinion, every urban space in the world could benefit from a P-Pod or two, or more.

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Whether you have a large company that believes this product could use your backing for commercial gardening, or are simply an individual who wishes to promote sincere, hard-working entrepreneurship while growing your own organic produce, please:

Back Chris Wark and the P-Pods on Kickstarter before September 5! 

Aramis and I are proud to be supporters and backers, and we hope that you, too, can do the same by sharing this awesome opportunity with media and organizations interested in gardens, food, urban farming, micro-gardening and eco-roofs.

Happy greening in any kind of weather,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 15: E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction

March 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Christopher Wark’s video presentation “E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Chris has been an  editorial contributor to Greenroofs.com as The Energy Editor since 2010.  In April 2011 he completed his seven-part series entitled “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof.”   He and his wife, Wendy, have been  great friends of ours since we met them in 2003 in Chicago, at the first Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards & Trade Show.  Here they are on the Highline when we visited in New York City back in May, 2010:

Christopher Wark has 23 years of multidisciplinary engineering experience providing mechanical, analytical, and electronics support and services to manufacturers, universities and national labs.  For the past 10 years, he has focused his efforts on the development and promotion of technical solutions in architecture and construction.  Chris is currently an Associate with WSP Flack + Kurtz, managing their building analysis group.

Before joining WSP Flack + Kurtz, Chris was a Senior Energy Analyst for Viridian Energy & Environmental. Previous to that, he provided energy analysis and LEED consulting services for several companies, including subsidiaries of the Integral Group, and served as Technical Sales Manager for Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division (formerly Flomerics Inc.), offering energy and air flow analysis solutions for architectural engineers.

In 2002, Chris established SHADE Consulting/Green Roof Innovations with his wife Wendy.  With SHADE/GRI, Chris developed and marketed several innovative modular eco-roof systems, a roof system heat transfer and cost computer program, and conducted green roof system heat transfer analyses for 5 major cities and organizations.  In 2010, he developed a modular planting system in partnership with Guiyang Chuangjia High-Tech Accelerator Co. LTD in Guiyang, China.

Chris has also been involved in other thermodynamic related work, including advanced engine research and fuel cell system development at Caterpillar Inc. and laser development at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and 2 private research laser development companies.  He has presented at numerous conferences, has several articles published on a wide variety of engineering topics, and has had the privilege of working directly with several universities, including Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) program.  Chris holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Materials Science) from Washington State University.  His graduate work focused on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion.

In Chris’ video he discusses how the amount of energy savings from a green roof is determined by a combination of its mission:  How the building spaces are used; climate:  Where in the world, where in the neighborhood; and construction:  Building size, shape, and internal design.  Best and worst candidates are examined.  During the Virtual Summit, Chris’ video presentation was followed by a live  15-Minute Live Q & A; the transcript was available archived for 30 days for participants of the Virtual Summit – unfortunately, we do not have it available now – one of the reasons to participate in this year’s Virtual Summit!

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “E = MC2 of Green Roofs: Ranking Energy Benefits by Mission, Climate and Construction”  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:

Episode #12: “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.”  Panel Session with  Dr. Bill Retzlaff,  David Aponte,  Kevin Songer, and  Joe Webb.
Episode #11: “GreenRoofs in Australasia”  by  Matthew Dillon.
Episode #10: “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc”  by  Patrick Blanc  and  me  with an introduction  by  Caroline Menetre.
Episode #9: “Sloped and Complex Green Roofs”  by  Richard Hayden.
Episode #8: “The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon”  with  Tom Liptan,  Matt Burlin,  Amy Chomowicz,  Casey Cunningham, and  Alice Meyers.
Episode #7: “Constructing Gardens in the Sky”  by  Terry McGlade.
Episode# 6:  “Sky Meadows – Integrating People and Nature: Sustainable Green Roofs and Roof Gardens”  by  Dr. Nigel Dunnett.
Episode #5:  “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx”  Panel Session with  New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera,  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.,  Robert Bieder,  Jon Beuttler,  Jess Dannhauser,  Javier Lopez  and  Steve Ritz.
Episode #4:  Keynote Address “CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility – The Who, What, Where, When and How” by  Ralph Velasquez.
Episode #3:  “CDA Leads the Way for Incorporating Green Roof Space in an Airport Environment”  by  Rosemarie Andolino.
Episode #2:  “2011 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  by  Haven Kiers  and  me.
Episode #1:  Opening Keynote Address “A New Place”  by  Charlie Miller.
VS2011 Opening Address  by Linda Velazquez (me!).

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 16th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Chris Wark’s 2011 Green Roof Energy Series on PDF

June 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

For those fans out there of our Energy Editor, Chris Wark, you’ll be pleased to know that we now have his entire 7-part series “Cooler than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof“ available as a handy PDF.

Explaining the key aspects of green roof heat transfer issues and the best ways to take advantage of a green roof’s energy benefits, “Cooler than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof” has been Greenroofs.com‘s most popular  series so far, as evidenced by the huge amount of commentary that we have received.

For those of you unfamiliar with Chris Wark’s work, these are the 7 articles in their original format:

“Cooler than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof”

Green Roof Energy Series Intro – April 5, 2010

Part 1: The Essentials – Heat Transfer by Layer – May 4, 2010

Part 2: Evapotranspiration – June 29, 2010

Part 3: Keeping Drought-Resistant Plants Cool – July 31, 2010

Part 4: When Weight is Good – September 21, 2010

Part 5: Assuming Insulation – November 29, 2010

Part 6: Green Roofs vs. Cool Roofs – March 2, 2011

Part 7: The Secret and How To Use It – April 28, 2011

Copyright 2011 Christopher Wark

Download Chris Wark’s complete 32-page Green Roof Energy Series PDF and enjoy!  Send your comments to Chris at: EnergyEditor@greenroofs.com and look for more articles and the occasional blog post from him, too, in the near future.

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: April 29th, 2011

April 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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 for April 29, 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 April 29th, 2011,  on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the  U.S. Tax Court greenroof built in 2008 in Washington, D.C.  The D.C. area is well known for having some of the worst storm water control problems in America and the Federal Government along with the District Government authorities have recognized that greening its rooftops is the most practical and economical means of addressing this issue.  The United States Tax Court, one of a number of notable General Services Administration’s greening projects, was recently re-roofed with a Barrett Company 4 inch extensive “Greenroof-Roofscapes ®” assembly, adding to the growing federal green roof inventory within the Capitol District.  The green roof initiative is reducing the storm water runoff volume while providing the many other environmental contributions that living roofs are known to provide.  Cole Roofing was brought in as Barrett Company’s Greenroof-Roofscape ® installer, who then hired Greg Long of Capitol Greenroofs to oversee installation and maintain the roof.

– To learn more about the U.S. Tax Court greenroof, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage.

–   “What’s New“

–  Chris Wark, our Energy Editor, wraps up his final installment of his 7-part “Cooler Than Cool Roofs: How Heat Doesn’t Move Through a Green Roof” Energy series. Make sure to read “The Secret and How To Use It.

–  Did you know you can watch YouTube videos, like our latest Sky Gardens ~ Greenroofs of the World episode, the Cook+Fox Architects Office, on your DirecTV?  Just click on the link on our homepage or go to the greenroofsTV page and follow the directions.

–  Our April 2011 e-Newsletter is out, so catch up on all of the greenroof and wall news from this past month.

–  Don’t forget: our 2011″Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest has been extended until today, so go to our  Facebook page, submit your photos and vote for your favorite until midnight tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow!

–  Read Linda’s latest Sky Gardens Blog posts: “GPW: U.S. Tax Court“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: 4.22.11,” and Christine Thuring‘s “See the UK Green Roof Student Conference Programme & Register by 6th May 2011.”

–   “Upcoming Events“

–  April 29th-May 8th: is the WMG Water Harvesting Certification in Tucson, AZ.

–  May 2nd: is the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference in Boston, MA.

–  and May 4th-6th: is Greenbuilding – International Exhibition & Conference on Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Architecture in Verona, Italy. For more Upcoming Events visit our homepage.

–   “In the News“

–  Tanya Snyder of Streetsblog Capitol Hill Blog talks about “Philadelphia’s Battle Against Impervious Asphalt.”  She says, “In Philadelphia, your water bill used to be based only on your water consumption…now, your bill is a more accurate reflection of your water footprint, including the amount it costs the city to manage stormwater runoff from your property.”  Philadelphia is now the number-two city in the country for green roofs.  And they’re also implementing a multitude of public space improvements that are popular and desirable in urban cities for many other reasons besides stormwater management.

–  Kim North Shine of Metromode Media reports on “Metro Detroit’s Institutes of Greener Learning.”  The students of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield use its green roofs, rainwater collection systems, solar panels and other eco-minded facilities, like the Alfred A. Taubman Student Services Center, as living laboratories.  The student center was built with recyclable materials and has 120 geothermal wells that heat and cool the building as well as a 10,000 square foot green roof that controls and reduces water runoff.

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

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com.

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at  Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook and being a member of our network on  LinkedIn.

–   This has been This Week in Review for April 29th, 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.