Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin

June 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Do you want to learn how one company has successfully developed and applied ecological and horticultural protocols for its clients?  Explore the changes that greenroofs encounter as they grow and evolve over time as you watch the “Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” video by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems Furbish

The team at Furbish ask, “What do YOU want your greenroof to be?” and “What does your greenroof WANT to be?”  A variety of scenarios shares the company’s experience with you, the viewer, and helps you understand how a greenroof is a living machine, an evolving ecology, and that change is the only constant.

Michael Furbish, LEED AP

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems Furbish

Pasadena, MD, USA. Michael Furbish is the President and Founder of Furbish. He founded the company in 2003 to specialize in aggressively green building systems and development. Work has included straw-bale construction, natural plasters, solar thermal, passive solar, radiant HVAC, composting toilets, living roofs, and living walls.

Furbish specializes in development, design, installation, and stewardship of build of plant-based building systems. This specialty focuses on the ecosystem functionality of plants to deliver elegant engineering solutions to building performance. Living roofs deliver storm water management, heat island effect, energy efficiency, habitat creation, and aesthetic benefits. Living retaining walls reduce heat island effect, mitigate storm water, facilitate nonpoint-source nutrient discharge, create habitat, and improve aesthetics. Interior living walls remediate VOC’s to improve indoor air quality while delivering dramatic aesthetic feature.

Michael has given many speeches and lectures about plant performance throughout his career, speaking at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the Delaware Nature Society to name a few. He earned his BSIE from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Harvard. Michael maintains his LEED AP designation from USGBC and serves on the Executive Committee of ULI’s Baltimore District Council.

Brad Garner, RLA, GRP

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems Furbish

Washington, DC, USA. Brad Garner is the Director of Operations of Furbish. Brad is a registered landscape architect with 18 years experience in on-structure and at-grade landscape design, construction, contract administration and maintenance.

Brad is active in all aspects of the living roof and living wall business, but focusing on specification writing, product development, system design, marketing and supply chain. Brad holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University.

Whitney Griffin, PhD

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems Furbish

Baltimore, MD, USA. Whitney Griffin is the Director of Stewardship of Furbish. Prior to joining Furbish full-time, Whitney collaborated with Furbish during her doctoral research at the University of Maryland from 2010 to 2014 on development of EcoCline, Furbish’s proprietary living roof system, developed to provide high stormwater management and a low carbon footprint.

At Furbish, Whitney directs and manages the Stewardship division, which includes initial plant establishment for new projects, and long-term stewardship and care for approximately 150 living roof and living wall projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Primary responsibilities involve developing ecological and horticultural protocols to ensure success, as well as listening to clients to understand their needs and respond in ways that best serve building owners, managers and occupants.

Whitney received her bachelor of science degree as well as her Masters of Science in Horticulture from Auburn University before attending the University of Maryland for her Ph.D. in Plant Science.

Read about “Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems Furbish

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Project of the Week for May 23, 2016: Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall

May 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/23/16

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Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
200 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Based in West Michigan, Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group. And Spectrum Health’s heart and vascular care experts deliver world-class care. In June 2015, Spectrum Health installed a 200-square-foot green wall outside an entrance to the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center. Measuring 5’4” high by 20’ wide on each side, the freestanding living wall is a unique two-sided installation, proposed by Dave MacKenzie of LiveWall.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

The east-facing side is the Heart Planted Wall, visible as patients and staff come up to the building entrance. It’s landscaped with a distinctive design of three heart shapes expressed in a dark red color with Coral Bells plus other perennials and sedums. The west side facing toward the building is the Vertical Edibles Garden planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs, promoting healthy eating for healthy hearts. Vegetables grown here include tomatoes, green peppers, Swiss chard, kale, leeks and herbs such as oregano, basil, rosemary, and mint. Spectrum Health Medical Group Nurse Kathleen Nickerson envisioned the heart design as an art piece to promote healthy living, symbolizing the process patients are engaged in to restore or improve their cardiovascular health. She says, “The two sides are the two sides of heart health.” In total 150 plants with about a dozen different types were planted in the LiveWall Outdoor System with Automatic Irrigation. During work breaks, staff enjoy looking at the green wall and gather at picnic tables and benches placed on the lawn nearby. They also benefit from harvesting herbs and vegetables to take home. Overall, the green wall is a sustainability statement with a clear line of sight from the parking lot and sidewalk leading up to the building. The prominent two-sided green wall not only welcomes patients and staff as they enter the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center, but the thriving living wall also inspires heart health with its unique, thoughtful, and demonstrative design.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Year: 2015
Owner: Spectrum Health System
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 200 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System: LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation
Green Wall Design: Kathleen Nickerson, R.N., Spectrum Health System
Green Wall Design: Dave MacKenzie, LiveWall
Green Wall Maintenance: Kloosterman Landscaping, Inc.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

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Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Project of the Week for May 9, 2016: Hotel Remota

May 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/09/16

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Hotel Remota
Puerto Natales, Chile
18,700 sf. Greenroofs

Publisher’s Note: In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’ve selected this beautiful project in honor of my Chilean mother, Eliana.

Project of the Week Description & Details

Seamlessly integrated into the breathtaking Chilean Patagonian landscape, the Hotel Remota, or Remote Hotel, is a unique architectural masterpiece built featuring a striking blackened wood-and-felt exterior and operated with ecological and sustainable practices along with a deep-rooted sense of Chilean culture. The 5-star eco Hotel Remota has a privileged location by the ocean at the starting point of the amazing mountains, lakes and glaciers of the Chilean Patagonia and all of the rooms have a view of Ultima Esperanza Bay, the Balmaceda Glacier, and the Paine Mountain Range. Inspired by Patagonian sheep farm buildings, architect Germán del Sol designed the lodge to blend into the surrounding vistas and offer unparalleled luxury. Built to appear like a big black barn from the distance, warm yellow lights gleam from the hotel’s interior at night, and its interior design embraces Chilean cultural heritage.

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Set on 4.31 hectares, the empty, natural central plaza introduces the vast wilderness at the core of the hotel with its treeless courtyard of boulders. Saving energy was an important consideration at Hotel Remota with its passive-solar design and water and light-saving features. Guests are invited to rest body and soul in the 72 ample-sized rooms, done in slate and untreated wood with vibrant sunflower-yellow accents. The impressive spa includes two ten-person saunas and an infinity pool that reflects the constantly changing skies. The natural grass of the Patagonian plain is left to grow wild all around Hotel Remota, including on the two sloping greenroofs. Zigzagging with the sloping ground, the roofs’ asphalt-coated concrete slabs are covered in gravel and planted with a two-foot- or 60 centimeter-high carpet of native grasses. Hard-core adventurers and nature lovers delight in the abundance of activities here at the southern tip of South America, and the magnificent views to the fjord of Last Hope at Hotel Remota are the perfect setting for perfect comfort in the bucolic Patagonian surroundings.

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Year: 2005
Owner: Inmobiliaria Mares del Sur Ltda.
Location: Puerto Natales, Chile
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 18700 sq.ft.
Slope: 14.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Germán del Sol, Arquitecto
Structural Engineer: Pedro Bartolom
Collaborating Architects: José Luis Ibañez, Francisca Schüler, & Carlos Venegas
Construction: SALFACORP S.A.
Photography: Guy Wemborne, Felipe Camus, and Turek, Courtesy of Germán del Sol; and Hotel Remota

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

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Project of the Week Hotel Remota

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Project of the Week for April 25, 2016: 8 House (Tallet)

April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/25/16

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8 House (Tallet)
Copenhagen, Denmark
18,300 sf. Greenroofs & 1,076 sf Planted Terraces

Project of the Week Description & Details

8 House is a 61,000 square meter bowtie-shaped mixed-use building of three different types of residential housing and 10,000 square meters of retail and offices which comprise Denmark’s largest private development ever undertaken. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), 8 House sits on the outer edge of Copenhagen as the southernmost outpost of Ørestad. 8 House stacks all ingredients of a lively urban neighborhood into horizontal layers of typologies connected by a continuous promenade and cycling path up to the 10th floor, creating a three-dimensional urban neighborhood where suburban life merges with the energy of a big city.

With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, 8 House not only offers residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade – it also serves as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block. Two 32 degree-sloping green roofs are strategically placed to reduce the urban heat island effect as well as provide the visual identity to the project and tying it back to the adjacent farmlands towards the south. Using pre-vegetated mats from Veg Tech AS, the build-up is about 4 cm, which includes an installed irrigation system. In addition, 100 individual semi-intensive, 1-square meter gardens with planters from ZinCo were planted on the terraces, installed by MALMOS. Originally, the entire roof was designed as a continuous green roof, yet due to the economic climate only the lower portions were greened. The shape of the building allows for daylighting and natural ventilation for all units. In addition, rainwater is collected and repurposed through a stormwater management system. 8 House is unique not only because it reduces the urban heat island effect with its cool courtyards, planted trees at entrances, container plantings on the balconies, and 18,300-square foot green roofs, but the living roofs visually connect back to its pre-construction site on the prairie fields, creating a true sense of spirit of place.

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Year: 2010
Owner: St. Frederikslund Holding
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 19,376 sq. ft.
Slope: 62.5%
Access: Inaccessible (Extensive) and Accessible (Semi-Intensive), Private

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Contractor: Hopfner Partners
Civil Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard
Roofing Contractor: Uldum Tag ApS
Roof Decks: Skandek Tagelementfabrik A/S
Pre-vegetated Mat Greenroof System: Veg Tech A/S
Partner-In-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Bjarke Ingels Group
Project Leader: Ole Elkjaer-Larsen, Henrick Poulsen, Bjarke Ingels Group
Project Manager: Finn Norkjaer, Henrik Lund, Bjarke Ingels Group
Planter Installation in Townhouse Gardens: Per Malmos, MALMOS
Semi-intensive Planters: ZinCo GmbH

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

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Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

NOTES: Don’t miss our contributing editor Steven Cantor‘s new article, “Copenhagen Green Tour” where you can see more photos of 8 House!  To see more photos, read my last Sky Gardens Blog post about 8 House here.

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By Linda S. Velazquez
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