Greenroofs.com Negotiates 50% Discount for WGIC 2014 in Sydney!

August 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

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WGIC 2014 Greenroofs.com INVITATION

Just announced!  Greenroofs.com has negotiated an astounding 50% Discount on Registration to our readership for the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in awesome Sydney this October 8 – 10.

We’re able to pass on these truly astonishing rates to you since Greenroofs.com is a Media Partner of the WGIC 2014 and has been affiliated with its host Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) – plus the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) – for years now.

For more details, read all about it here:
http://www.greenroofs.com/pdfs/WGIC-2014-GreenroofsReadershipOffer.pdf

WGIC Program Session Titles:

Government Drivers
Living Walls
World Vision
Urban Green Infrastructure
Research
Water Sensitive Cities – WSUD
Policy and Development
Urban Rationale
GI Benefits
New Research
Case Studies: Architecture & Landscape

Expert Speakers

Here are just a few of the esteemed professionals presenting:

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L-R: Daniel Tohill, Permaculture Institute, New Zealand; Tong Mahn Ahn, Seoul National University “Green Roofs in Seoul to Make the Metropolis Healthier,” South Korea – Keynote Presentation; Jeff Sorrill, Green Roof Centre; Department of Landscape and School of Architecture; University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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L-R: Sacha Coles, Registered Landscape Architect, AILA, FAILA, ASPECT Studios, Australia – Keynote Presentation; Renèe Davies, Registered Fellow of NZILA, IFLA Delegate for New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand; Keith Stead, Landscape Architect, OCULUS, Sydney, Australia

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L-R: Dr. Puay Yok Tan, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore, Singapore – Keynote Presentation; Raphael Garcia, Project Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Landscape Architect, Biologist, Entomologist, San Francisco, USA; and Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto, Canada – Keynote Presentation.

Learn and engage with these leading experts and so many more from all four corners of the globe, from Scandinavia to Spain / Canada to Brazil / China to New Zealand.

Visit the following pages to learn more: Program, Speakers, Professional Training, Accommodation, Green Site Tours, Post Congress Tours, and Registration with your Greenroofs.com 50% Discount.

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One Central Park, Broadway, Sydney: The world’s tallest vertical garden with 450 types of different plants and 250 local species.

Just one of many case studies highlighted, French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, the designer of the One Central Park (OCP) vertical garden, will be presenting on the project. The project manager, Craig Elgie, and landscape architect Keith Stead will also be presenting with the stunning OCP included in the all day Sydney Green Site Tour on October 8.  The guided bus tour will provide an informative field trip with visits to small, medium and large projects within the inner Sydney area.  Project details and specifications will be included in the Green Site Booklet with talks from projects designers; a comfortable bus will be provided along with a picnic lunch at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

If you’re considering this fantastic Australian trip-of-a-lifetime but still weighing the costs, now is certainly the time to take advantage of this deal and make your dream trip real!

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Green Roofs Australasia and we warmly invite you to share in this unique conference setting and experience with us.

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“Join us for spring in Australia. Join us for a meeting of the best minds, the most capable hands and the most generous spirits in the “Land Down-Under.” Expand your knowledge, broaden your horizons and develop a worldwide network of professionals, educators, doers and thinkers. The World Green Infrastructure Congress promises all this and more.”~ Matthew Dillon, GRA

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I’m excited to be inaugurating Haven Kiers’ and my 2014 Top 10 Hot List of Greenroof & Greenwall Trends here, and hope you can join Aramis and me in Sydney!  Visit www.wgic2014.org for everything you need, and click here for your 50% Discount on Registration.

Revisit Green Roofs Australasia President Matthew Dillon’s Green Roofs Down Under: 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress Sydney, Green – Global – ConnectedGuest Feature – the photos alone are amazing!

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Can’t wait to see greenroofs and greenwalls Down Under!  Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 as either an attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor!

~ Linda V.

A Successful First UK Green Roof Research Conference: Marie Curie Industry-Academic Partnerships and Pathways

June 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’m a bit late on reporting on this, but Jeff Sorrill of the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield says the first UK Green Roof Research Conference went very well and was well received by those attending!

Held on March 18 and 19, 2013  at the University of Sheffield, Green Roof Centre, The Green Roof Research Conference – Bringing together the world’s leading green roof scientists – was the first entirely science focused vegetated roof conference.  The principle aim of the Marie Curie Industry-Academic Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) Green Roof Systems Project is to create a long term strategic partnership between the Green Roofs Research Group at The University of Sheffield and ZinCo GmbH:

The conference fed back on the 4 year EU funded project between the University of Sheffield and ZinCo GmbH, Germany, and set out to challenge the custom and practice of green roofs.

The research findings established through this Industry – Academia partnership interrogated the fundamental green roof understanding of the current age. The very performance metrics by which green roof elements are measured were questioned, the outcomes demonstrated that new research agendas should be adopted.

In addition, leading scientists from the most innovative green roof research centre’s around the world presented their leading edge investigative activity. Speakers included Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Maryland, USA; Claire Farrell, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Nigel Dunnett, IAPP Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield; Dr. Robyn Simcock, Landcare Research, New Zealand; Dr. Abigail Graceson, Harper Adams University College, UK; Mr. Ralf Walker, Division Manager Research and Development, ZinCo GmbH.; Daniel Roehr, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada; Dr. Anna Palla, University of Genoa, Italy and Dr. Virginia Stovin, University of Sheffield.

Research topic areas include plant selection + screening; Optimised hydrological performance (both, vegetation establishment and stormwater) and Integrative whole system hydrological modelling.

The conference was intentional programmed as a single stream of presentation to emphasise the importance and impact of each consideration of green roofs.

The conference was well attended by a wide range of delegates, from those with a general interest in green roofs, to those with particular research agenda in plants, substrates design and function, manufactured layers and their interaction with water and stormwater management. ~ Green Roof Research Centre 2013 Press Release

By the way, Christine Thuring – PhD researcher (included in the above group  photo and also one of our contributing editors along with Ed Snodgrass)- was also one of the Marie Curie IAPP Green Roof Systems Project Researchers.

You can review much more information as well as the abstracts available at www.green-roof-systems.co.uk.  For additional information, please contact:

Jeff Sorrill,Department of Landscape
University of Sheffield
Arts Tower
Sheffield
S10 2TN
Tel: 0114 222 0622
j.sorrill@sheffield.ac.uk

Happy greening (and continued research!),

~ Linda V.

 

Launch of The GRO Green Roof Code for the UK

January 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

By Jeff Sorrill

New industry supported code is set to raise the bar for green roofs in the UK, thanks to European funding.   Green roofs have become more common features in our towns and cities over the last five years, but maximum environmental benefits have not always been realised, due to a lack of UK specific guidance.  In response to this, the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) has developed and launched a UK code, with LIFE+ funding, secured by Groundwork Sheffield.

Published on January 18 of this year, The GRO Green Roof Code provides clear and practical guidance on green roof best practice in the UK.  Funded by the European Commission LIFE+ fund and Groundwork Sheffield, The GRO Code is also financially supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, The Green Roof Centre, Livingroofs.org, and is facilitated by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors  (NFRC).

GRO is an industry forum facilitated by the  NRFC, and  GRO also acts as the technical arm of  Livingroofs.org, founded by Dusty Gedge.  Members include industry providers, government bodies, researchers and awareness raising organisations.   GRO’s remit is to establish guidelines for all parts of the green roof design, specification, installation and maintenance process.

Groundwork Sheffield is a federation of local trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which help people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, build skills and job prospects and to live and work in a greener way.   Groundwork Sheffield gained €914,213 in funding from LIFE+ to develop the UK code of best practice.

The LIFE+ programme is the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment.  The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.   LIFE began in 1992 and  since then,  LIFE has co-financed some 3,104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment.

NFRC’s Chief Executive, Ray Horwood CBE, says:

“A UK specific code of best practice is long overdue, and the launch of The GRO Green Roof Code is welcome news for everyone involved in the green roof industry. By adhering to best practice, the numerous benefits of green roofs can be maximised, and the long term sustainability of green roofs ensured. The GRO Green Roof Code will set the benchmark for the industry.”

As with other green roof guidance around the world, The GRO Green Roof Code has its foundations firmly set in the German FLL Guidelines.  However, only the most technical of data needs to be traced back to the FLL – Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung Landschaftbau  (Landscape Research, Development and Construction Society).  The GRO Code aims to provide the vast majority of the information required by most designers, specifiers, installers and maintenance providers.

Read more at  our The Green Roof Centre’s Green Roof Code page here, and download The GRO Green Roof Code here (PDF).

~ Jeff Sorrill

Jeff is Centre Manager of The Green Roof Centre, in Sheffield, England.   Contact him at:   Tel: 01142 227131, J.Sorrill@sheffield.ac.uk    or visit The Green Roof Centre.

The Green Roof Centre is the National Centre of Excellence for green roofs.   Based in Sheffield, The Green Roof Centre was founded by the University of Sheffield, Groundwork Sheffield, and the four surrounding local authorities (Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham).   Our primary aim is to promote green roof development and implementation through research, education, demonstration, information and technology transfer.

The University of Sheffield is the leading research establishment in this field in the UK, with an unrivalled range of expertise in the green roof arena.   It has developed an international reputation for excellence in green roof studies.   The Green Roof Centre operates with partners nationally to demonstrate the potential of green roof uptake in the UK.