Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 22, 2011

July 23, 2011 at 2:34 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 from July 22, 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 this week, July  22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the San Francisco Residential Living Wall built in 2010 in California.  A newly remodeled modern house sits on a bottom of a hillside in Pacific Heights with a notable retaining wall at the back of the property.  The backyard is sunken into the hill edged with three large, tall concrete walls surrounded by greenery.  The owner/designer’s mission was to create a striking display of vertical gardens that would take advantage of the walls to their greatest potential.  The goal was to show a living wall that brings biodiversity, beauty and enjoyment to the owner’s lifestyle.  This planting display is modeled after a natural vertical garden similar to a woodland cliff on a north facing hill in California.  The vision of a mixture of subtropical plants with northwestern ferns and fern-allies gives the wall its lush looking state.  The framework of the wall uses Tournesol Siteworks modules and bracket systems and had been in planning for six months prior to the installation of the 96 VGM modules with 1,536 plants used to cover the back yard.  The planting was based on a planting plan developed from a sketch drawn by the homeowner and designer Michelle Bond of Thumbellina Gardens; and the plan has over 75 varieties of shade loving plants which were appropriate for the north facing hillside of the site.

– To learn more about the San Francisco Residential Living Wall, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

Pre-Registration is now open for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011! Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, a Greenroofs.com Virtual Conference and Expo will be held on August 23rd & 24th of this year! Pre-Register by the Early Bird Registration date of August 10th and you’ll be entered to win one of two iPad2’s that we’ll be giving away!

Advertiser Press Releases:

VGM green wall modules by Elmich Australia have been installed at Fujitsu headquarters in Melbourne to create an internal north facing green wall.

–  Plug Plant Sale Now on at Sedum Master!

–  LiveRoof is the First Green Roof System to be FM Approved fulfilling the highest standards for performance, safety and quality.

Joblinks:

– The University of Sheffield is looking for a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in Green Roof Stormwater Management in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

– Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, check out Linda’s latest posts about “The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 from Greenroofs.com!,” and how to Win an iPad2 by Pre-Registering by August 10, “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 15th, 2011″ and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

– July 25th: is the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2011 Deadline!

– July 26th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Advanced Green Roof Maintenance Course in Toronto, Canada.

– And August 23rd & 24th: is our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 held online around the world!

– “In the News“

–  Ana Lisa Alperovich of the Inhabitat Blog, talks about “RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside.” Going to the dentist can be a stressful and unsettling experience for some, maybe most, people and the sterilized white dental surgery rooms don’t seem to help the situation. David Sheppard Architects wanted to change that and created Brown’s Dental Practice, a relaxing woodland double-height dental practice that incorporates local materials like stone, wood and glass, while blending in with the lovely Ivybridge countryside. The dental surgery center also features a sloping green sedum roof and a range of photovoltaic panels which produce renewable energy used throughout the building. Also, this project was recently awarded this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Award.

– Lisa Law of Americus Times-Recorder, reports on “Medical center to feature “˜green’ rooftop.” The new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center’s anticipated opening date is December 17th, later this year and with its opening, patients will enjoy the largest green rooftop in the southeastern United States. The director of marketing and public relations, Marcus Johnson, says “the roof is 26,000 square feet and the primary goal of the roof is to provide not only beautiful scenery, but provide a holistic environment for patients as well as visitors.” He also says it’s been proven that patients heal better when surrounded by plants, and the greenroof is eco-friendly offering other benefits like, providing thermal insulation, cutting down on dust, along with reducing energy costs. The greenroof will feature sedum and delosperma in a vast variety of colors of reds and yellows; and will serve as a sanctuary for butterflies, wild bees, beetles and more.

– 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 July 22nd, 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.

Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 15, 2011

July 17, 2011 at 7:32 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 from July 15, 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 this week, July 15th 2011 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishop Square built in 2005 in London, England, United Kingdom. The new headquarters features a series of green tiers, with roof gardens overlooking the plaza below. The building was commissioned by Allen & Overy to satisfy the needs of a modern international law firm with strong environmental goals in mind. Completed in May of 2005, the area encompasses three landscaped greenroof terraces, and a fourth terrace is covered with photovoltaic cells to capture the sunlight and reduce the building’s energy output. These open green spaces on private terraces provide an area where their staff can relax and also help to reduce urban heating. Installed using a variety of Alumasc‘s specialist substrates, the greenroofs and roof gardens include sedum, cranberry bog, rock garden, heather and lavender. The company is the acknowledged UK market leader in living roofs, a specialist manufacturer of complete systems backed by a technical support service that is second to none. Also utilizing the ZinCo system, this building is just one of an enormous number of major projects throughout the country, offering as it does ecologically beneficial, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound green roof solutions.

– To learn more about Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishops Square,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–   Well, it’s official!   We’ve issued our “Greenroofs.com is proud to announce the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design!“ press release around the globe and to our 9,600 opt-in eNewsletter subscribers.   You can download it from the Homepage, and see how you can join us as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor.   And we just launched our Virtual Summit website – just click on the Virtual Summit banner on the Greenroofs.com’s Homepage or following the link below:

http://www.greenroofs.com/virtualsummit/virtualsummit.htm.

Come here often as we update it with How-To Navigate videos, new Sponsor/Exhibitor company names and of course, the finalized Agenda.  And, Pre-Registration opens on July 20 – Pre-Register and Participate for a chance to win 2 iPad2s!

–   Check out Linda’s latest Sky Gardens Blog posts, Greenroofs.com’s “TWIR” for July 8th, 2011 and our GPW.

–   “Upcoming Events“

–   July 16th: there is a Green Living Technologies (GLTi) Green Wall Seminar in Ottawa, Canada.

–   July 18th-23rd: is the 2011 Perennial Plant Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.

–   And make plans now for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design conference and expo –  coming up next month, August 23rd & 24th online around the world! Remember, pre-registration opens July 20th!

–   “In the News“

–   Kathy Jentz of the SilverSpringPatch says “Green Roof Keeps United Therapeutics Cool.” Avi Halpert, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at United Therapeutics called the greenroof their “little oasis” on top of their new headquarters building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Full of flowers, grasses, and lush foliage, the planting beds on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors of the building are full of movement and life. The National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council selected the United Therapeutics building as the recipient of its 2010 Award of Excellence for new Building Design and Construction. The Schick Goldstein Architect designed project was also awarded LEED Gold. The second building in the United Therapeutics headquarters complex is under construction currently, and will also have a green roof system along with other stormwater mitigation projects including a self-contained street tree box system. Across Spring Street, a playground and area is being designed to include a children’s garden for the new employee daycare.

–   Jessica Tasman-Jones of Auckland Stuff.co.nz talks about how “Support grows for city rooftop garden.” She says that “green-fingered Aucklanders are championing a plan to turn part of an inner-city carpark into a community garden” and the plans are “rapidly gaining support.” According to the Karangahape Garden Facebook page which was set up last week to see what the public interest is like for creating a garden on the upper deck of the carpark, it now has over 1,000 fans. Residents believe Auckland has poor urban planning, especially for residential housing, and people are yearning for a connection to nature that the city is lacking. A community meeting will be held in a few weeks to discuss this “green” idea and you can find the Karangahape Garden Facebook page to be a part of this movement.

–   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 July 15th, 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.