Download the IGRA Guidelines for Green Roofs “Bridging Trades – Safe Section Changeover: Roofing Technology – Vegetation Technology”

January 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Our colleagues over at IGRA – the International Green Roof Association – have just released their free downloadable 36-page PDF entitled IGRA Guidelines for Green Roofs “Bridging Trades – Safe Section Changeover: Roofing Technology – Vegetation Technology.”

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Editors Roland Appl, Wolfgang Ansel, and Sabine Frueh of IGRA say even the best laid greenroof plans can go wrong if the underlying roof is not prepared to meet demands.  This issue lead IGRA to develop the new guidelines, “Bridging Trades – Safe Section Changeover: Roofing Technology – Vegetation Technology”:

“The content of the IGRA Guidelines is made up of two main modules:

– A checklist that provides a clear and concise overview of current examination criteria for the roof and vegetation technology interface.
– A commentary volume that provides further explanations and graphic material of all technical terms and questions in the checklist.

The guideline is not only designed for Green Roof installers and roofers. It is also designed for architects, planners, and developers who can take advantage of the practical and legal references.” ~ IGRA

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At the interface of roofing and vegetation technology, don’t miss reading this thoughtful and extremely informative greenroof resource!  The online version of the brochure is available as a free download, just visit www.greenroofworld.com/EN/press.html.

If you have any comments, please send them to the publisher, IGRA at info@igra-world.com or visit www.igra-world.com.

Enjoy!

~ Linda V.

Watch “Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy” by Wolfgang Ansel from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air “Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy” by Wolfgang Ansel, Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).

Wolfgang tells us that Hamburg was one of the green roof pioneer cities in Germany in the 1980’s. However, in the following decades the approaches were not implemented consistently.  Against the background of climate change adaptation, the multiple benefits of green roofs are now receiving more attention.  IGRA is working in close cooperation with the city of Hamburg and the Hafencity University Hamburg to develop a green roof strategy for Germany’s second largest city.

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He will explain the municipal strategy and the various activities that have been undertaken in the last years (seminars, workshops, publications, scientific investigations) to support this process. The culmination of the activities was the organisation of the 3rd International Green Roof Congress in Hamburg in 2013.

Here’s more:

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 “Nürtingen, Germany. Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological green roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of green roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable green roof technology. Wolfgang studied at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.

Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different green roof books. During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia. One of his main areas of work is implementing green roof policies and guidelines on an international level. ~ VS2013   

Make sure to read these two related Guest Feature Articles by Wolfgang on Greenroofs.com: International Green Roof Congress 2013 Hamburg – The Future of Urban Roofs from June 2013 and the 3rd International Green Roof Congress – Hamburg Will Be the Showcase for Green Roofs in 2013 from March 2013.

Look forward to his upcoming article “Explore the Nature on Rooftops – 4th International Green Roof Congress (20 – 21 April 2015) Istanbul/Turkey” next week!

Watch the “Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy” by Wolfgang Ansel below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

20-21 April, 2015: SAVE THE DATE for the 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul, Turkey!

October 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

By Wolfgang Ansel

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Where is there room for nature in towns?  This is a question that is increasingly being asked by building experts around the world who are faced with the challenges of urban densification.

Under the motto “Explore nature on rooftops,” successful solutions and practical green roof technology will be presented, discussed and taught at the upcoming 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul on 20-21 April, 2015.  The latest achievements in science and technology will also be presented.

The congress, supported by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA), will be held at the Zorlu Center’s new Raffles Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

Join us for a top-level program with lectures and interactive practical workshops at the Congress venue Zorlu Center with its 72.000 m² of green areas on different levels.

Istanbul has been experiencing a rapid increase in population due to migration.  This means a very fast urban transformation process is taking place in the Mediterranean metropolis straddling two continents.  One of the main challenges of Istanbul’s green policy is increasing the number of green areas within the whole city.

Desired economic growth and rising land prices on the one hand, and the need for green infrastructure for urban quality of living and sustainable urban development on the other hand, have drawn attention to the city’s rooftops.

Investors have long since recognized that rooftop multi-use not only increases the value of a building, but also improves its attractiveness for leasing.  Because no additional land costs are involved, roof gardens are no more expensive than ground level gardens.

We look forward to seeing you at the 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul!

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Rooftop multi-use at its best – a green leisure area in Istanbul.

For more Information please contact the IGRA Secretariat, Sabine Früh, at:

International Green Roof Association
PO Box 2025; 72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Phone: +49 70 22 7191 980; E-mail: frueh@igra-world.com

– Wolfgang Ansel

WolfgangAnselWolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).  One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level.  Wolfgang is co-author of different Green Roof books.  During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia.

IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

3rd International Green Roof Congress 2013 (Hamburg/Germany) Waterscapes, Landscapes, Roofscapes – Visionary Projects Presented by Award Winning Companies

April 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

By Wolfgang Ansel

Spectacular rooftop usage ideas - the sky is the limit (Copyright IGRA).

The 3rd International Green Roof Congress 2013 in Hamburg (13-15 May, www.greenroofworld.com) will provide a platform for a cross profession information exchange in the field of Green Roofs and Living Walls.  Some of the world ´s most innovative architects and sustainability experts (e.g. Peter Busby – Perkins+Will, Wong Mun Summ – WOHA, Jakob Lange – Bjarke Ingels Group, Martin Haas – Studio 2050 and Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl – Atelier Dreiseitl) will discuss the future of urban roofs with roof and façade greenery engineers, researchers and urban planners.

The lecture programme will be complemented by two hands-on workshops and excursions to green roof projects in the region of Hamburg.

In 2013 Hamburg also celebrates the International Garden Show, which covers more than 100 hectares, and the International Building Exhibition  with its ground-breaking sustainable buildings, like the “Water”-, “Hybrid”- and “Smart Material”- houses.  The “BIQ-House,” for example, is the first house in the world to have an algae façade that serves as a biochemical reactor, whereas the façade of the “Wälderhaus” has embedded plant-based nests for birds and insects.

Further highlights are the newly designed “Global Neighbourhood” and a climate protection concept which sets new standards with the “IBA Dock”, the “Energy Bunker” and the “Energy Hill Georgswerder.”

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Spectacular landscaping and innovative architecture connected by green roofs – There is more than one good reason to visit Hamburg in 2013.  For more information please visit the congress website at:  www.greenroofworld.com.

~ Wolfgang Ansel
Tel.: +49 7022 / 7191980
E-Mail: ansel@igra-world.com

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).  One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level.  Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roof books.  During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia.  IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

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