Inaugural Green Wall Industry Survey Report from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities by Kara Orr

October 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Over 600,000 square feet of green walls were installed across North America in 2015.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of the first-ever annual Green Wall Industry Survey.  In 2015, more than 600,000 square feet of green walls were installed across North America.

The annual Green Wall Industry Survey collected a variety of data on North American green wall installations, including size, location, wall structure, type of green wall system, and whether or not the installation qualified for LEED credits.  The report is available, at no cost, at greenroofs.org.

“We are very pleased with the leadership in the green wall industry which has enabled us to compile this market research. As the sector continues to grow we look forward to even better data in the years to come,” said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “We look forward to learning the latest in green wall research and technology at CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Washington, DC from November 1-4, 2016.”

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2014 CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence, Exterior Green Wall Award, The Shoppes at Kingsbury Square, Chicago, IL; greenfacade® System; Award Winner: Wolff Landscape Architecture.

Green wall installations are taking place in almost every US state, with some preference for the coastal states.  California is leading in green wall installations, with New York and Florida following in second and third place respectively.  A major selling point of green wall installations is their eligibility for USGBC LEED credits for a project.  Additionally, financial, social and environmental benefits such as improved property value, health and well-being, and reduced energy use can be attributed to green wall installations.

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2014 CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence, Exterior Green Wall Award, The Shoppes at Kingsbury Square, Chicago, IL; greenfacade® System; Award Winner: Wolff Landscape Architecture.

The green wall industry represents a growing and developing market sector which requires policy support and conclusive data to support growth and development.  This inaugural report will serve as a baseline measure for subsequent reports.

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“We are so proud to have laid the groundwork to be able to provide our members with valuable information about the growth and trends of the green wall industry in North America” said Melissa Daniels, CNLP, Vice President & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc. and co-chair of the GRHC Green Wall Technical Committee.

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Programming Available Only at CitiesAlive

Green Walls & Water Management: Stormwater Management & Potable Water Use Best Practices
November 2 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm:

Water scarcity in many parts of the country, and proposed changes to LEED credits, are among the factors that threaten the long-term success of green walls. Experts in the industry weigh in how to overcome these barriers by designing and maintaining for maximum resilience, using green walls for stormwater management, using non-traditional sources of water, minimizing potable water use, ensuring that the benefits of green walls are clearly articulated, and more.

Chaired by Warren Gorowitz, Vice President of Sustainability, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply, learn from green wall experts:
Dr. Alan Darlington, Founder & Owner, Nedlaw Living Walls
Hal Thorne, Chairman & CEO, GSky Plant Systems Inc.
Melissa Daniels, CNLP, VP & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc.

Green Stormwater Management Case Studies from Around the World
November 2 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:

Designing for Biodiversity Green Roofs in Europe
Kamilla Aggerlund, Landscape Architect MDL, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen
Addressing a trend in Denmark, a strong wish among the public to add nature and biodiversity into cities, referred to as ‘city nature’. The role of green roofs and walls in this trend is presented along with the evolution of products for this market such as wild habitat plantings.

Using Green Wall Evapotranspiration to Manage Storm Discharge: An Example in San Juan, Puerto Rico
David L Aponte Dones, MSCE, GRP, Environmental Engineer, Office of Landscape Architecture
This presentation explores The Banco Popular Foundation building in San Juan Puerto Rico, where two green walls with a combined area of 3,200 sq. ft. manage more than 5,000 gallons of harvested water daily.

2016 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design
Linda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Publisher & Design Consultant, Greenroofs.com
Haven Kiers, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Design Editor, Greenroofs.com
Enjoy a special 10th Anniversary Edition of Greenroofs.com’s popular Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design series with the theme of What’s old (or classic) is new again!

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Designing Stormwater Runoff Minimizing Green Walls
November 3 – 10:45 am – 12:45 pm:

Water, Indoor Plant Walls and Building Performance
Dr. Alan Darlington, Founder & Owner, Nedlaw Living Walls
Dr. Darlington will discuss, with good design, living walls can replace key air handling components, and can use non-traditional water sources like stormwater or HVAC condensate to further sustainability goals.

Living Alternatives to Concrete Retaining Walls
Mark Woolbright, Filtrexx Living Wall Division Manager, Filtrexx International
This session will teach us how living walls can provide structural reinforcement, aesthetic diversity, temperature moderation, green space, and habitat.

Green Walls and Hanging Gardens
Matthew T. Berrelli, P.E., Eastern US Sales Engineering Manager, Ronstan Tensile Architecture
Using case studies of actual projects, this presentation will identify common barriers to green façade projects, like cost, maintenance, and various misconceptions and objections by clients, builders, and the designers themselves.

LED Lighting for Green Walls
Nathan Weipert, Sales Engineer, Sunlite Science & Technology
LED fixtures are the latest trend and Nathan will discuss how white light is produced from LED fixtures and how the spectrum emitted can affect the plant’s growth.

Training: Green Walls 101: System Overview and Design
November 1st – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: $175 members / $199 non-members:

This course discusses design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls, including maintenance and irrigation requirements. Discover the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies. Registration includes a 95-page course manual.

Earn 3.5 Continuing Education/Professional Development Hours from LA CES, AIA CES, USGBC/GBCI, APLD, and NALP/CNLA.

Instructor: Melissa Daniels, CNLP, VP & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc.

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Register for CitiesAlive here.

Kara Orr, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America. Contact her to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Kara at: 416-971-4494 x226.

Watch Greenroofs.com’s 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!

February 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Now that 2015 has come to a close and the fall conferences are over, we’d like to share our 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint as a video on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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Haven Kiers, our Design Editor, and I presented it last year at CitiesAlive in fabulous New York City and I flew solo with the presentation in gorgeous, lush Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference.

2015 was our ninth year of compiling our dynamic Top 10 List, and you know we systematically search the globe high and low to highlight exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Sometimes part newsworthy, spectacular, even fantastical, these forward-thinking designs and designers offer unforgettable projects that need to be celebrated.

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompassed trends from across the globe that had been building momentum for the past few years in our design profession, such as:

Beekeeping on the roof:

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Brooklyn Grange Farm #2; Image: ©Anastasia Cole Plakias/Brooklyn Grange

And mega projects designed to increase the health and well-being of their occupants:

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Connecta Office Park; Image: Groncol

As usual, we start out with a couple of projects that for some reason or another just couldn’t quite make it in our Top 10 List…and then we go on to the real thing!

We always have a great time sharing our annual list of trending categories and far-flung projects from across the world, and we hope you enjoy it here:

I hope to see many of you in person at a physical conference this year where Haven and I will be presenting our 2016 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  And if not, I hope we’ll connect online and via social media for our upcoming Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2017 in about a year from now.

Until then, see you soon, and remember to:

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference 2016 Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

February 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

It’s time to get your creative juices rolling for the 2016 CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference!

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is seeking presentation proposals for its 14th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference to be held in Washington, DC on November 1-4, 2016.  This year’s conference theme is stormwater management – policies, technologies, design and best management practices.

As you know, Washington, DC is currently a leader in green roof implementation and policy and stormwater management is a critically important requirement here as well as many other jurisdictions.

Topic areas include:

  • How to maximize stormwater retention – technologies and design;
  • Policy best management practices – “feebates”, grant programs, credits, minimum standards, construction standards, maintenance standards;
  • Green roofs and walls as part of an integrated building & site approach to stormwater management – case studies;
  • The economics (costs + benefits) of various best management practices for stormwater retention – comparing apples to apples – short and medium term perspectives;
  • Looking beyond stormwater to other tangible benefits and the role of private investment;
  • Design and testing methods and measurement tools;
  • Stormwater economics – flooding, erosion control, tanks;
  • Stormwater as a resource – rainwater harvesting best practices, storage and irrigation systems. ~ CitiesAlive 2016

Please complete your submission online by February 26, 2016.

Read about the Application Process; Research, Design, and Policy Tracks; Benefits of presenting at CitiesAlive; Detailed Speaker Timeline, and much more here.

Haven Kiers and I will be submitting ours soon (probably at the last minute, as usual) for our 2016 Top 10 Lit of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design ~ make sure you don’t miss the deadline for yours!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Greenroofs.com Announces the “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Our Design Editor Haven Kiers and I recently inaugurated our yearly “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn, and it was awesome!  We had a wonderful turn out, and as usual, we had a great time sharing our vision of trending projects and designers.

Now Aramis and I are off to Singapore next week where I’ll present it solo at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) 2015 on November 5-7.  The ISGC also promises to be a fantastic event if it was anything like our first trip there when I spoke in 2010 at their inaugural conference.

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If you have not seen our actual 2015 Top List, here’s our Press Release:

The World Wide Web. – October 4, 2015 – Now in our ninth year, Greenroofs.com’s dynamic Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwalls Design holds the promise of exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Compiled yearly since 2007 by Publisher Linda S. Velazquez and Design Editor Haven Kiers, they spotlight newsworthy, spectacular, sometimes fantastical, forward-thinking designs and designers.

Greenroofs.com is proud to inaugurate the 2015 Top 10 Hot List this week at the 13th Annual 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Brooklyn, New York on October 5 – 8 where both Haven and Linda will be presenting.  Also, Linda will share this year’s Top 10 in Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) on November 5-7, 2015.

“While promoting the global living architecture industry and community here on a daily basis, it’s extremely important to highlight yearly market trends and feature some of the best and brightest designs as inspiration to us all. ” ~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompasses trends from across the planet that have been building momentum since the end of 2014.  We’re seeing increased growth in specific market sectors, such as the sports industry, as well as particular areas of the world such as Washington, D.C. and the Mediterranean region.  With the decline of bees and other pollinators posing a direct threat to the world’s food supply, ecologists are stepping up – to the roof – to help the plight of the bee through design.  And the trend of the mega greenroof is once again on the rise, as in the case of massive rooftop parks.  Another category with intensive greenroofs, Urban Rooftop Forests, is also popular because of the deeper growing medium’s ability to sustain and nurture trees, who in turn nurture us all.

“As usual, we comb the globe high and low in search of built and proposed projects that catch our design eye and progressive spirit with an attractive combination of ecosensitivity and chic sustainability.” ~ Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015:

10) “Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls”

9) “Beekeeping on the Roof: Biodiversity with Pollinators”

8) Living Architecture in Mediterranean Climates”

7) “Green Transportation Corridors”

6) “Greening Our Capital: Washington DC’s Stately Greenroofs”

5) “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues”

4) “Trees, Trees, Trees: Urban Rooftop Forests”

3) “Rooftop Parks: Green Playgrounds of the Rich, Private, & Public”

2) “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
William McDonough+Partners and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) Architects”

1) “Visionary Wonders of the Green World”

As usual, for 2015 we have reserved the #1 spot for insightful and avant-garde eco-masterpieces with a sky high wow factor.

~ Linda V.