Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 5, 2018: Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls

March 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

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Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
32,292 sf greenroof & vegetated terraces and approximately 500 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: March 5, 2018

Following our wonderful experience attending the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City last month, we are highlighting one of the projects we visited afterwards when we traveled to Dubai: the beautiful Dubai Opera and its new Opera Garden.

Installed in July 2017, the Dubai Opera Garden has center stage to the Burj Lake and the fabulous Dubai Music Fountains presented by the stunning Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s highest building.

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Mini Description & Details

Situated in what is considered ‘the most prestigious square kilometre in the world’, the spectacular Dubai Opera is framed by the Burj Khalifa, lakes, fountains, and an array of mixed-use development.  Shaped like a dhow, a traditional wooden sailing vessel used in Arabian Gulf waters, the Dubai Opera was designed by ATKINS.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

The 3,000 square meter Dubai Opera Garden green roof was installed by AGCCIC over a large utility building located directly in front after two years of research by Knauf Insulation. Many festivities are held here at the publicly accessible green roof park and cultural space.

Challenges included weight restraints of the roof structure, the hot and dry environment, and high water consumption for keeping the roof green.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Knauf Insulation provided a lightweight system created by using only a 10 centimeter growing media profile using one layer of Urbanscape Green Roll mineral growing media (known as Hydro Blanket in the US) and a layer of local sweet soil on top.

Two types of semi-intensive green roofs include the large, open green park space planted with native Paspalum Grass and a smaller slightly elevated roof for plant testing with Sesuvium and others.  The system weight was reduced by 70% and irrigation needs were lowered up to 40% as compared to the standard green roof solution in Dubai.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

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Steps provide entry to the new green roof with access ramps on the side, dramatically lighted at night. A series of colorful modular greenwalls cover two sides to soften the structure.

Surrounded by a set of curvaceous vegetated terraces, a variety of different climate-adapted shrubs were planted such as Agave and Bougainvillea. The open space provides a beautiful elevated view of the world famous Dubai Music Fountains and colorful light show put on several times nightly.

Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts, and its Opera Garden provides a needed and spacious public greenspace amenity to visitors to the world-class entertainment venue.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Year: 2017
Owner:
EMAAR Properties
Location:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Semi-Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Greenroof Size:
32,292 sq.ft. and Greenwalls Size: ~ 500 sq.ft.
Slope:
2% and 95%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof Greenwalls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Design: Harold Bekker, NLME Design
Landscape Design: Patrick Blom, NLME Design
John Noordam: BVB Substrates
Mineral Growing Media: Urbanscape Green Roll (Hydro Blanket), Knauf Insulation
Jure Sumi: Knauf Insulation Green Solutions
Darja Majkovic: Knauf Insulation Green Solutions
Dubai Opera Architect: Janus Rostock, ATKINS
Green Roof Installation: AGCCIC
Modular Greenwall System: Biotecture Ltd
Greenwall Installation: Acacia LLC (part of Tanseeq Investments group of companies)

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All the Info:

View the Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Vegetated Terraces and Dubai Opera Garden Greenwalls project profiles to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about these particular projects in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Dubai Opera Garden Green Roof & Greenwalls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/5/18 video credits: Video courtesy of Linda S. Velazquez and photos © courtesy of Knauf Insulation/Urbanscape® Green Roof, Dubai Opera, EMAAR Properties, dubaimetro.eu, AntonGots.com, and Linda S. Velazquez.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 to Include Green Urban Infrastructure

May 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 is set to include green urban infrastructure as measures to combat climate change.

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Valletta, the tiny capital of the beautiful Mediterranean island nation of Malta, will host the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference, held on May 29, 2017 at the University of Malta – Valletta Campus.

The culmination of the upcoming Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference will focus on the Valletta Declaration.

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The walled city of Valletta, Malta.

Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Organized by Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe, climate challenges occurring here in the cradle of civilization will be highlighted. The goal is to create a world’s first zero carbon economy solution in the Mediterranean by 2030 and issue an important Valletta Declaration from the conference that binds generations to come.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Paragon Europe is a Maltese organization focused on research, training and project management.

“By organising a conference around 3 important pillars, the challenges and solutions in green urban centres, circular economy and green finance, Climate-KIC will also showcase the key deliverables achieved so far on Smart Sustainable Districts and its plans to extend the flagship programme to the Mediterranean.

The Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) is a Climate-KIC programme that works closely with highly ambitious districts, such as Malta, across Europe to identify innovative solutions to their sustainability and climate change challenges.

Throughout the conference the focus will be on low carbon mobility concepts, the operation of smart grids, energy neutral buildings, the promotion of efficient water management and improvement of public and green spaces.” Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe are looking at how to achieve a zero-carbon economy beyond 2030 to mitigate the severely damaging effects of climate change through the full-day Climate Change Conference that is part of the official Maltese-EU Presidency program. And greenroofs and other forms of green urban infrastructure will be presented here at the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference. A series of keynotes and presentations will be held in the morning and followed by afternoon workshops where solutions to challenges will be provided.

“A long-term adaptation and mitigation plan to cope with the effects must start now. This includes identifying areas prone to sea flooding and building appropriate flood defences, drawing up a comprehensive water framework plan to ensure the survival of the mean sea level aquifer and developing comprehensive mitigation and adaptability plans to protect our cultural heritage.” ~ Edwin Ward, Paragon Europe

To learn about the Agenda, Speakers, accommodations, and further regarding Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres in Malta, visit their website.

The Growing Green Economy

Several factors are helping to drive change towards a low carbon economy in Malta and the region including government legislation, innovations in low carbon technology, and the growing green economy.

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Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation.

In fact, an informal high-level Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean was held on May 18 and 19 at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta. The two day meeting gathered Energy Ministers and their delegations from the 43 States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), i.e. EU28, North Africa, and Mediterranean Middle East.

The Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean meeting was co-organized by the European Commission, the UfM, the Maltese EU Presidency, and the Kingdom of Jordan.  Greenroofs and other forms of green infrastructure were presented by Knauf Insulation, a member of the greenroof industry, showing they are important elements to provide advanced energy efficiency in buildings.

Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation said:

“As roofs are the sites of the greatest heat loss in the winter and the hottest temperatures in the summer, green roofs help both – keep the cold out in the winter and reject heat to enter in the summer. They have many other energy benefits as well, amongst others they can dramatically reduce the roof temperatures (lower Urban Heat Island) which consequently leads to much more efficient air-conditioning and PV energy generation when AC units and/or Photo-Voltaic panels are put on the roof.

There are further benefits to be considered which go even beyond energy efficiency including noise reduction, improved storm water management and improved air quality in cities. We have invested major R&D resources in to our range of Urbanscape® Green Roof Systems in order to be able to measure all that and provide construction engineers, architects and urban planners with state of the art data and proof that Green Roofs matter. And they also look fantastic, too.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Mrs. Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy and a co-president of the European Green Party, expressed appreciation for Knauf Insulation’s presentation and its views on green building envelopes extending well beyond thermal insulation:

“It is great to work with Knauf Insulation. Along with other members of the European Alliance to Save Energy they have been at the forefront of our campaign for energy efficiency in Europe since the creation of the Alliance back in 2010. They are an excellent example of why green business is good for Europe, for European citizens but most importantly for the future of our planet.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Knauf Insulation provided their view on future energy efficient buildings, pointing out specifically green urban infrastructure as a driver of the energy efficiency in buildings and big cities. While greenroofs in particular received positive feedback, they feel a stronger global alliance and presence on the legislation map is needed.

Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU

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The presidency of the European Union Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council. The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU runs from January 1 through June 30, 2017.

Continued success to all of the climate change and green professionals in Malta and the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

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The “Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week” Feature is Back! July 24, 2015: Urbanscape Green Solutions

July 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

Exclusive Feature on Greenroofs.com:

After concentrating our time and energy on our 3rd biannual Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 in March and April – and enjoying much of the summer slowing it down just a bit – our distinctive offering of the “Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week” has now resumed!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:

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Knauf Insulation, as one of the leading and fastest growing manufacturers of mineral wool products, has introduced the new, complete and easy to install Urbanscape® Green Roof System.

UrbanscapeGreenSolutions-logosBuilding on over 30 years of expertise in energy efficiency and more than 15 years experience in horticulture industry they are focused on providing a comprehensive range of solutions for residential and non-residential buildings, industrial customers and various urban green infrastructure applications.

One of the main advantages of their new Urbanscape Green Roof system is a unique Urbanscape Green Roll / Hydro Blanket – a lightweight, multipurpose growing layer made of long rock mineral wool fibres specially needled to form a compact and dimensionally stable felt.

Urbanscape Green Roll / Hydro Blanket ensures excellent water retention and conservation, provides good aeration as well as improved absorption of plant nutrients dissolved in the water. Urbanscape Green Roof system was designed for all types of roof construction, including lightweight constructions – for residential, non-residential and industrial buildings.

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