Video & Project of the Week for September 22, 2014: Green Acres Farm & Residence

September 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/22/14

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Green Acres Farm & Residence
Sonoma, CA, USA
1,581 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

A 37-acre historic farm site in Sonoma was redeveloped into a Platinum LEED for Homes family residential homestead and organic farm. The two-story home, studio, garage, barn, guest cabin and pool house re-constitute a vernacular farmstead model along sustainable and ecological building practices. Designed as a “green ribbon,” living roofs span the three buildings of the compound, functioning to visually and physically unite the building site into a centralized hub of the farm.

Designed and installed by SYMBIOS ecotecture, the living roofs also play a vital role along with straw-bale construction, natural lime plasters, reclaimed lumber, passive and active solar systems, thermal mass (sand-bed) storage, ground loop heat-pumps, and a variety of energy, lighting and water efficient measures to create a model of environmentally sensitive design. Various greenroof systems were used, including from Colbond (now Bonar) and Optigreen, and the dome-like roof form of the main house required a mechanical slope stabilization system since the upper portion exceeded 35 percent.

The vegetative planting plan was developed to provide a high degree of biodiversity for both aesthetic and ecological values. Color, texture and form of the planting palette enriched the overall design of the roofs in conjunction with the architectural facade. Low-growing ground cover species are intermixed with herbaceous species that form a taller canopy layer. Rainwater is harvested from the standing seam metal roofs of the main house and studio. The water is stored in an underground cistern (a former swimming pool) during the winter raining season and is then utilized to irrigate the living roofs, as well as to flush the toilets within the house. The irrigation system is a satellite based weather controller which increases or decreases irrigation water use as determined by the local weather conditions.

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: Sonoma, CA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,581 sq.ft.
Slope: Up to 35%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Record: Dan Smith Architects
General Contractor: Hammond & Company
Living Roof Designer: SYMBIOS ecotecture
Living Roof Installer: SYMBIOS ecotecture
Plant Propagation: SYMBIOS & various regional nurseries
Roofing Manufacturer: GacoRoof coating – cold liquid applied waterproofing
Green Roof Systems: Colbond, Optigreen, Envirogrid, Permalok
Growing Medium: SYMBIOS custom soil mix; 4 & 5 inch depths
System: Planted-in-place w/built-up assembly
Irrigation: Hunter Industries MP Rotators

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for April 28, 2014: SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)

May 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/28/14

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SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)
Singapore
32,152 sf Greenroofs
3,272 sf Atrium Planter Boxes
44,293 sf Green Ramp
1,765 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

SOLARIS is a 15 story office building located in the Fusionopolis hub in central Singapore’s One-North Business Park, an area dedicated to research and development in technology, media, physical sciences & engineering industries. Since the site was originally a military base, most of the original ecological system had been destroyed. The architect’s response was to conserve what little greenery there was by building on areas which would cause the least ecological damage, helping to improve the site’s biodiversity simply through the positioning of the building.

SOLARIS is comprised of two towers connected with a passively-ventilated central atrium. Office floors are linked by a series of sky terraces which span the atrium at upper floors. The architect designed over 8,000 square meters of landscaping, a total more than the area of building. The “eco-building” replaced the original site with a ratio of 108% of landscape to site area. The “green ramp” at SOLARIS is a 1.5 kilometer linear, continuous landscape ramp that was built to connect the ground level to the upper levels of the building, linking the basement Eco-cell with a cascading sequence of roof gardens at the highest levels. The building has accomplished a 36% reduction in overall energy consumption by integrating fully landscaped areas directly into the facade of the building. A dramatic vision of the possibilities inherent in Skyrise greenery design, 95% of the project’s total landscaped area is above ground level.

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Make sure you read much more about this project in Greenroofs.com’s April 2014 Guest Feature Article, “SOLARIS at Fusionopolis (Phase 2B): From Military Base to Bioclimatic Eco-Architecture” by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang.

Year: 2010
Owner: SoilBuild Group Holdings
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 84,777 sq.ft.
Grade: 7%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Design: T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
Architect of Record: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: PEB Consultants
Facade Consultant: Aurecon Singapore ( Pte.) Ltd.
Sustainability Consultant: Aurecon Singapore ( Pte.) Ltd.
Photographer: Albert Lim

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for March 31, 2014: Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

April 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/31/14

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Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden
Madrid, Spain
6,458 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Situated in the heart of the Madrid’s cultural district, the Caixa Forum Museum is a modern art gallery and a refurbished 1899 power station. Located on the Avenida Prado across from the Prado Museum and botanical gardens, and in close proximity to the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums, exhibitions feature works from the foundation’s permanent collection (some 700 pieces by artists from the 1980s to the present), as well as temporary displays from other museums and foundations.

Designed and created by Patrick Blanc, the Le Mur Végétal hydroponic living wall faces the adjacent square and is accessible to the public who can walk up to touch and explore over 15,000 plantings. Nearly 300 different species were chosen by Patrick Blanc who had to keep in mind Madrid’s very demanding seasons – very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The automated irrigation and fertilization system is zoned at different heights. Species include Dianthus deltoids, Lonicera nitida, Yucca filamentosa, Cistus purpureus, Cedrus deodara, Pilosella aurantiaca, Arenaria montana, Bergenia cordifolia, Cornus sanguinea, Lonicera pileata, Sedum alpestre, Campanula takesimana, Garrya elliptica, and different Begonias.

Year: 2007
Owner: Caixa Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Museum
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,458 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Greenwall Designer & Installation: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Végétal
General Contractor: Ferrovial Agroman
Greenwall Consultant: Benavides & Lapèrche
Irrigation Installation & Maintenance: Isla Verde

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Thank you to PRONATUR for supplying project information!

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2011 Closing Address

July 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Today it’s my pleasure to air my own very short and sweet “Linda’s Summary and Virtual Summit Close” from our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Aramis and I are very proud of Greenroofs.com’s initial virtual conference offering and are in the works to announce plans for an even wider spread out international affair!  Before we do that, though, we must thank various people without whom this endeavor would have been impossible:

  •  Our illustrious keynotes and speakers.
  •  The many global industry associations and non-profit organizations who supported us.  All of the brave participant souls – hopefully including you – who signed up for the first virtual conference of our greenroof and greenwall industry in the world!  Although we had a fantastic line up of world renown leaders, thinkers, and designers, you didn’t know what to expect – but you joined in the conversation just the same – thank you!
  •  And, most importantly, we’d like to acknowledge once again our 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World (TM) Virtual Summit Sponsors and Exhibitors and tell you how much we appreciate your continued support:

Event Sponsors:

RARE EARTH:

Tremco Incorporated is a leading supplier of sustainable roofing systems, including vegetative, cool roofing and more. We are committed to building upon this base to create new mechanisms that improve sustainability and value for our customers.

EMERALD: 

American Hydrotech is the global leader in the development of waterproofing and roofing technology, and is considered a single source supplier of greenroof systems.

Exhibitors:

Grant Associates is a Landscape Architecture consultancy specialising in the creative design of both urban and rural environments. We are involved in a number of forward looking projects throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East, often working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers.

Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) is a US based green roof, wall and only soil based true vertical agriculture manufacturer/designer. Standard Green Living Wall systems are available as a 2′ x 2′ x 3″ configuration or with custom dimension and depth.

GREEN ROOF BLOCKS allow every building owner to have a green roof. Self contained, portable units can be arranged and rearranged as you see fit and are compatible with all roof membranes

Weston Solutions, in partnership with American Builders & Contractors (ABC) Supply Company, introduced the new GreenGrid System in August 2001. The modular greenroofing system can be placed over existing low slope roofs.

Emory Knoll Farms is a perennial nursery specializing in green roof plants, currently stocking over 100 varieties of green roof plants. Co-owner Ed Snodgrass is also a greenroof horticultural consultant.

International Leak Detection (ILD)’s trained & certified inspectors perform non-destructive integrity tests of waterproofing membranes utilizing the patented Electric Field Vector Mapping technology. Membrane defects are located with pin point accuracy.

JDR Enterprises provides key components for successful greenroofs, as attached systems or as individual units. J-DRain GRS is a pre-assembled greenroof drainage system consisting of a high strength dimple core, root barrier fabric, and filter fabric.

ROOFMEADOW develops greenroof projects throughout the United States, offering the Roofmeadow family of greenroofs. These are light-weight, low-maintenance vegetated roof covers that are ideal for retrofit installations on existing buildings.

Associations:  

AMENA (Asociacion Mexicana para la Naturacion de Azoteas) is an association created in 2005 to investigate, inform and train on the environmental, social & economic benefits of greenroofs. Here you can share ideas, news, projects, research, materials, services & regulations related to greenroofs.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) continues to serve as a benchmark for environmental stewardship by embracing the best environmentally, socially, and economically responsible practices at our airports. Our goal is to complement and promote the City of Chicago’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

City of Portland Environmental Services provides Portland residents with water quality protection, watershed planning, wastewater collection & treatment, sewer installation & stormwater management.

The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, or CUGE in short, is jointly established by the National Parks Board and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. CUGE has a critical mass of knowledge to share and advance expertise on urban greenery and ecology. CUGE provides professional skills training programmes for all levels of professionals and is a national training institution of the Landscape Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ). CUGE serves as a regional repository of best practices to advance urban and green living environment. CUGE will serve as the lead training provider for all levels of the landscape industry workforce. It will use the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System to train and certify skills training and facilitate career development in the landscape industry.

Green Roofs Australasia is a not-for-profit membership organization with an elected committee that draws together the various governmental, organizational and business groups and individuals interested in being kept informed about green roof science, technology, practice, regulations and specifications.

The basic idea of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is to support the Green Roof market on an international level by sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of Green Roof technology and public relations – serving as a global networking & coordination centre.

The International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) was formed by voluntary workers in the greenroof industry. Our aim is to be a peace-loving organization that protects the global environment, constructs low-carbon, energy, livable, and beautiful landscape ecology; enhancing agricultural development, improving land utilization, and promoting human sustainable social development.

The Green Roof Centre, in association with Livingroofs.org is an independent advice and resource centre offering bespoke consultancy services. We aim to educate and up-skill the public and construction industry with training, conferences and tours.

Media:

Thank you so much in putting your faith in this exciting, fledgling yet burgeoning Internet marketplace for information seekers and product and services providers! You’ll hear more from us about the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit in late July.

Enjoy my little closing video (not my best photo)!  Visit the Virtual Summit 2011 play list to see “Linda’s Summary and Virtual Summit Close” or click below:

Watch all the 2011 videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit 2011 play list, or see them all now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Episode #12: “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs. Panel Session with Dr. Bill RetzlaffDavid AponteKevin 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 Linda Velazquez 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 LiptanMatt BurlinAmy ChomowiczCasey 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 RiveraBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.Robert BiederJon BeuttlerJess DannhauserJavier 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).

Hopefully I’ll see you in February for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2013!

~ Linda V.