Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for September 5, 2014: Roofmeadow

September 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

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 Roofmeadow has remained at the forefront of the North American green roof industry since 1997. Through innovative design and smart stewardship the firm continues to create inspiring roofscapes that use water wisely and grow plants reliably.

roofmeadow-logoRoofmeadow is an award winning green roof provider that has remained at the forefront of the North American green roof industry since 1997. With in-house civil engineers, landscape architects, horticulturists, construction specialists, and the nation’s leading rooftop agriculture specialist, Roofmeadow provides green roof life cycle accountability focused on long-term performance. Roofmeadow’s portfolio includes over 3 million square feet of built green roofs, including over 70 that are larger than 10,000 square feet. Signature projects include the Chicago City Hall, Nashville Music City Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Hanover Architectural Products Headquarters.

Roofmeadow’s success depends upon its ability to deliver landscapes on structure that are engineered to endure, proven to perform, and guaranteed to last. With a rigorous Materials Certification Program, a national network of Roofmeadow-certified green roof installers, and long-term system warranties, Roofmeadow ensures that each project is built with the utmost quality control. All Roofmeadow construction documents comply with the German FLL Guidelines and ASTM testing methodologies and are founded on evidenced-based research and field analyses.

The company’s pioneering designs and construction practices continue to raise the bar for the North American green infrastructure industry. Current projects incorporate garden exhibits, community agriculture, demonstration pollinator habitats, dramatic terrain, and blue-green roofs that contain rainwater and provide plants with controlled water flows. Their newest technology introduction is a cutting-edge self-ballasted fall protection system that can quickly be installed for ongoing maintenance and stewardship.

All Roofmeadow design techniques are either field tested or modeled on scientific principles. Roofmeadow works closely with owners, contractors, and maintenance crews to monitor and document each green roof’s long-term performance and appearance. Roofmeadow’s strategic stewardship program allows Roofmeadow green roofs to thrive and foster ecological benefits for decades.

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Launch of The GRO Green Roof Code for the UK

January 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

By Jeff Sorrill

New industry supported code is set to raise the bar for green roofs in the UK, thanks to European funding.   Green roofs have become more common features in our towns and cities over the last five years, but maximum environmental benefits have not always been realised, due to a lack of UK specific guidance.  In response to this, the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) has developed and launched a UK code, with LIFE+ funding, secured by Groundwork Sheffield.

Published on January 18 of this year, The GRO Green Roof Code provides clear and practical guidance on green roof best practice in the UK.  Funded by the European Commission LIFE+ fund and Groundwork Sheffield, The GRO Code is also financially supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, The Green Roof Centre, Livingroofs.org, and is facilitated by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors  (NFRC).

GRO is an industry forum facilitated by the  NRFC, and  GRO also acts as the technical arm of  Livingroofs.org, founded by Dusty Gedge.  Members include industry providers, government bodies, researchers and awareness raising organisations.   GRO’s remit is to establish guidelines for all parts of the green roof design, specification, installation and maintenance process.

Groundwork Sheffield is a federation of local trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which help people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, build skills and job prospects and to live and work in a greener way.   Groundwork Sheffield gained €914,213 in funding from LIFE+ to develop the UK code of best practice.

The LIFE+ programme is the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment.  The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.   LIFE began in 1992 and  since then,  LIFE has co-financed some 3,104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment.

NFRC’s Chief Executive, Ray Horwood CBE, says:

“A UK specific code of best practice is long overdue, and the launch of The GRO Green Roof Code is welcome news for everyone involved in the green roof industry. By adhering to best practice, the numerous benefits of green roofs can be maximised, and the long term sustainability of green roofs ensured. The GRO Green Roof Code will set the benchmark for the industry.”

As with other green roof guidance around the world, The GRO Green Roof Code has its foundations firmly set in the German FLL Guidelines.  However, only the most technical of data needs to be traced back to the FLL – Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung Landschaftbau  (Landscape Research, Development and Construction Society).  The GRO Code aims to provide the vast majority of the information required by most designers, specifiers, installers and maintenance providers.

Read more at  our The Green Roof Centre’s Green Roof Code page here, and download The GRO Green Roof Code here (PDF).

~ Jeff Sorrill

Jeff is Centre Manager of The Green Roof Centre, in Sheffield, England.   Contact him at:   Tel: 01142 227131, J.Sorrill@sheffield.ac.uk    or visit The Green Roof Centre.

The Green Roof Centre is the National Centre of Excellence for green roofs.   Based in Sheffield, The Green Roof Centre was founded by the University of Sheffield, Groundwork Sheffield, and the four surrounding local authorities (Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham).   Our primary aim is to promote green roof development and implementation through research, education, demonstration, information and technology transfer.

The University of Sheffield is the leading research establishment in this field in the UK, with an unrivalled range of expertise in the green roof arena.   It has developed an international reputation for excellence in green roof studies.   The Green Roof Centre operates with partners nationally to demonstrate the potential of green roof uptake in the UK.