Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 27, 2012

August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from July 27, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for July 27th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Greensboro Transit Authority Maintenance Facility and Administrative Offices built in 2011, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Operating a fleet of 104 buses, the new $15.8 million, 65,000 square foot facility is expected to enhance GTA service delivery efficiency and quality of service to current and future riders in Greensboro.  This new transit building is reducing its carbon footprint with a greenroof, solar panels, and “by utilizing natural daylight, automated lighting controls, enhanced energy efficiencies and thermal envelope, highly recyclable and rapidly renewable resources, and local materials encompassed with a 40-year building commitment to the facility.”  It is also seeking LEED Gold certification.

The Greensboro Transit Authority Maintenance Operations Facility and Administrative Offices is the first greenroof on a Greensboro city building, and the living roof was installed on October 29, 2011.  LiveRoof ® 4″ deep Standard Modules were used over a GAF EverGuard 60 mil TPO roof membrane and slip sheet. Multiple plant mixes of Sedums and other succulents make up most of the vegetative lower roof with solar panels for hot water on the higher roof.

– To learn more about the Greensboro Transit Authority Maintenance Facility and Administrative Offices,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Release:

LiveRoof ® Green Roof Brings Natural Beauty to the Rooftop of Bearden Hill Office Building in Knoxville, TN.

Industry News

–  EPA provides $950,000 to improve water quality using green infrastructure in 17 communities in 16 states.

– The EPA has launched a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 20, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 1st: is GO GREEN SOUTH CAROLINA – “Bringing Sustainable Buildings to the Forefront Makes Cent$,” in Columbia, SC.

– “In the News“

–  Samantha Jeffreys of WREX.com reports on “Nicholas Conservatory installing green roof garden.”  The Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, in the Rockford Park District, is getting a new look with a 4,300-square-foot-green roof garden.  Greenroofs offer many benefits like reducing stormwater runoff, reducing the building’s energy use, and extending the life of the roof.

The LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System was chosen for the project because according to Park District landscape architect Jason Ney, the system establishes a “naturally functioning, living system with a continuous surface of soil.”  The roof is expected to be done by August and includes modules with plants in several native species that will attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other insects and birds beneficial to the roof and our environment.

–  Carol James of the Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, asks “So, what’s a green roof got to do with it?”  And she answers “well, lots, if you care about the environment.”  Like I just mentioned, greenroofs offer many benefits such as reducing stormwater and extending the roof’s life but they also improve the air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, insulating buildings, which reduces heating and cooling costs and they also add a beautiful view.

Wouldn’t you rather look at your window and see visually pleasing plants and flowers instead of black or gray concrete?  Carol James would and does working at her Washington, DC office and says she feel grateful for it.  Her office’s greenroof is an extension of the terrace on the third floor, allowing her to have a perfect view of the lush greenery.  She is seeing first hand how much the roof absorbs the rainwater during thunderstorms, preventing the runoff from going untreated into the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.  This is only one roof on one building and if more buildings across DC – and across big cities in our country – would green their roofs, the benefits would be exponential.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for July 27th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 6, 2012

July 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from July 6, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for July 6th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the Hotel Gaia-B3 Vertical Ecosystem built in 2012 in Bogotá, Colombia.  B3 Hotels are a Colombian-born brand of select service hotels located in key markets throughout the country for the budget conscious business traveler.  The Hotel Gaia-B3 Vertical System was completed on March 1, 2012, with more than 25,000 plants representing 55 different species covering 400 square meters and 8 floors.

The project involved a lot of research and planning; and prior investigation of appropriate plants was conducted by the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano in local tropical forest jungles, resulting in 40% local native plants being used.  The hydroponic Vertical Ecosystem will allow local species to self-pollinate and it carries biological nutrients and pest repellent which is recycled through the remotely controlled irrigation system.  To the delight of its owners, the Hotel Gaia-B3 vertical garden has become quite popular in Bogotá and has turned into its own tourist attraction.

– To learn more about the Hotel Gaia-B3 Vertical Ecosystem, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Closing Address by Linda Velazquez.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Release:

–  Hamline University Tops Off Anderson Center with [an] 1,800-Square-Foot LiveRoof ® Green Roof with Plants Grown Locally by Bachman’s.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Closing Address,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: June 29, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Going on since July 4th and through the 10th: is the 2012 Perennial Plant Symposium, in Boston, MA.

– July 7th-15th: is the Singapore Garden Festival 2012, in Singapore. (Follow @SGGardenFest)

– And July 12th: is a Green Roof Symposium, in Oklahoma City, OK.

– “In the News“  

–  ENR.com talks about “Green Roofs Take Root in India.”  They say green roofs and rooftop gardens are “gaining ground in India.  Technology and climate is playing an important role in their environmental payback.”  The Confederation of Indian Industry’s Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII-Godrej GBC) was one of the first commercial buildings in India to have a green roof and it houses the India Green Building Council.

Green roofs mitigate the urban heat island effect, minimize a building’s impact on the micro-climate and living habitat, cool the interiors of buildings, and the plants reduce CO2 levels in the air and overall pollution.  According to India’s census last year, urbanization is expected to touch 40% of the population by 2021, and planning authorities have designated 533 infrastructure projects worth about $11.1 billion to meet this demand.  Green roofs are the smart way to go with this projected increase in urbanization.

–  Darren Quick of Gizmag, says “Eco-friendly ATM accesses environmental savings.”  Brazil’s Edra Equipamentos has created an eco-friendly ATM booth made from environmentally friendly recycled materials.  A photovoltaic solar panel on the roof powers the booth’s LED lighting at night, and during the day, natural light comes through a clear “Solatube” system coated with a 3M film that blocks more than 80% of infrared rays to help keep the inside cool.

The roof can also be fitted with a rainwater collector, making it possible to grow plants.  And the booth also features an automatic door and an entry ramp for wheelchair access.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for July 6th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from June 15, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for June 15th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Vicenza (San Bortolo) Hospital, built in 2008 in Vicenza, Italy.  This hospital is part of the “Corporate Health Authority 6 Vicenza,” and is the main hospital of the city of Vicenza, Italy.  The greenroof project area is about 2,500 square meters on a flat roof above the interior of the public facility. Architect Enrico Dall’Osto worked to design the greenroof so that it could contribute to the healing process of the hospital’s patients, while offering a nice and beautiful green space.

The intensive greenroof area plants include Hypericum “Hidcote,“ Rosa austrariana, Spirea bumalda, and Berberis “Rose Glow;“ the extensive areas are planted with various types of sedums.  The system substrate is German, made from Flordepot, and imported in Italy from ClimaGruen.  

– To learn more about the Vicenza (San Bortolo) Hospital,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011  Episode 27: “One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant,” by Dr. Clayton Rugh.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Urban Agriculture Takes Root with ZinCo’s New “Urban Rooftop Farming System.”

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) presentation focuses on green roof design by R&S Landscaping President Robert Schucker.

LiveRoof Introduces LiveWall ® – New Planted Wall System Achieves Simplicity and Sustainability.

Roofmeadow Welcomes Two New Employees: Director of Design Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP and Project Field Specialist Paul Spirou, LEED AP.

Elmich Australia chosen for Intensive Green Roof project in Darlinghurst, New South Wales.

Joblinks

–  Columbia Green Technology is seeking to hire a Western Sales Director based in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

Industry News

–  According to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills, reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year, and reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes California’s beaches.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 27: One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: June 8, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  June 16th: is a Vegetated Roof Plantings Workshop, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

– June 16th: is the 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT), in Chicago, IL.

– June 18th-20th: is TeCobI Expo 12, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (@TeCobIExpo)

– June 18th-22nd: is the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, in Milan, Italy.

– June 19th-22nd: is the 2012 APGA Conference: Garden Paths, in Columbus, OH. (@PublicGardens)

– And June 21st: is the 2012 World Green Energy Symposium, in Washington, DC.

– “In the News“

–  Richard Morgan of the Wall Street Journal Blog has a “Q&A: A [Columbia University] Professor Pushes for Greener NYC.”  Earlier this year, officials announced that the world’s largest rooftop garden will be built in Sunset Park in New York City.  Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis checked in with Columbia University microbiologist, Dickson Despommier, who advocates for urban greenhouses he calls “vertical farms.”

He talks about vertical farms around the world like NuVege in Japan that sells radiation-free vegetables from a three-story vertical farm, The Plant, in Chicago, and The Plantagon, a “true” vertical farm tower in Sweden.  He also says Queens has “all that empty, wasted warehouse space out there….It’s that these farms fix hunger, they fix unemployment, they fix health, they develop a sense of connection and community, they do all the best things a city structure can do.”

– The Seattle Post Intelligencer Blog says “Twitter employees revel in company’s new headquarters.”  Twitter moved 800 employees to the Art Deco building on Market, and Monday morning, they opened its doors with a rooftop barbecue and hundreds of employees relishing in the wonderful weather and new lush greenroof.  City officials hope this move will help jumpstart other corporate and commercial companies in the area to refresh and rejuvenate life and add green spaces into their own buildings.

Even Mayor Ed Lee, supporter of the six-year “Twitter tax break,” made an appearance at opening day.  You can check out the full article for pictures Twitter employees, and co-founder Jack Dorsey, took about the new Twitter HQ roof deck.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for   June 15th, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: June 1, 2012

June 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from June 1, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for June 1st, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the City Creek Center, built in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. City Creek Center is Utah’s newest retail and dining destination and one of the largest sustainably designed urban communities in the state.  It covers two downtown city blocks and features a unique shopping environment with a retractable roof, a creek winding through the property, a pedestrian skybridge, and two 18 foot waterfalls.  The Center’s fully retractable glass roof is the nation’s first in a shopping center and retracts over the retail galleria so visitors can enjoy the shopping center in any kind of weather.  It also features three unique fountains that delight and entertain Salt Lake City shoppers with musically choreographed animations using the elements of fire and water.

Designed by SWA Group, City Creek has earned Silver LEED for Neighborhood Development as a pilot project.  Sustainable principles have been applied in design, construction and operation of City Creek; for example, more than 50% of the demolition debris was recycled. The 1-kilometer-long recreated creek with live fish and other flora/fauna habitat serves as the central organizing feature for the retail/housing/office development downtown, and is the largest flowing watercourse of its kind built on-structure in the U.S.  The water portion of the creek totals about 19,000 sf of over-structure greenroof, but paving, plantings, courtyards, and roof gardens add up to a total of 90,000 sf over-structure.  There is also a pond with live trout, lush plantings of native material and an interactive fountain in which children can play.  American Hydrotech supplied 300,000 sf of waterproofing for the entire City Creek Center.

– To learn more about the City Creek Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011  Episode #25: “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” Panel Presentation  with  Christine Thuring, Nathalie Baumann, Gary Grant and Dusty Gedge.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

–  The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our May 2012 eNewsletter is out!    Check your inboxes for what’s been going on here all month long and if you’re not  subscribed,  click on the mail icon on our homepage and enter your e-mail address!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  LiveRoof ® Selected for Green Roof on Biomedical Discovery District Facility at the University of Minnesota.

Joblinks

–  Sika Sarnafil USA is seeking a Technical Sales Representative in the Greater Chicago Area, Illinois.

Industry News

–  The American Institute of Architects introduced the first overview guide on how architects can implement the International Green Construction Code in their practice which was introduced in March by the International Code Council.  The guide, entitled simply, “Guide to the IgCC,” is meant as a one-stop-shop document exclusively for AIA-member architects working in jurisdictions where the IgCC is adopted or soon will be.

–  According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, results show a preference for an undemanding outdoor space for lots of entertaining.  Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements.  When thinking of gardening, Americans tend toward the practical and sustainable with native plants (86.3%), food/vegetable gardens (81.2%) – with over half of them preferred to be organic (61.2%), rain gardens (55.6%), and rooftop gardens (38.3%).

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Submission Deadline to the Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence Extended to June, 1st!,” “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 25: Biodiversity and Greenroofs Panel Presentation,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

– June 1: is the new submission deadline for the Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence presented in Chicago at this year’s CitiesAlive in October.

–  June 2nd: is the Summer Exhibition – Urban Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in Brooklyn, NY.

The new Garden Shop will have  Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens, a comprehensive look at New York’s most exceptional rooftop gardening projects””including BBG’s Visitor Center””on sale for the first time.  Featuring an authoritative guide to NYC green roofs””including a rooftop farm in Queens and a high school classroom in the Bronx in addition to BBG’s own Visitor Center””Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens offers inspirational ideas and practical advice for a gardener of any level interested in learning more about gardening on the highest level.  Chapters include contributions from editors here at Greenroofs.com including: Green Roofs Past, Present, and Future, by Linda S. Velazquez, Green Roof and Living Wall Trends, by    Linda S. Velazquez  with Haven Kiers, and Green Roof Horticulture, by Edmund C. Snodgrass.

–  June 2nd-3rd: is the Mother Earth News Fair, in Puyallup, WA. Follow on Twitter: @MotherEarthFAIR #MENF

–  June 5: is World Environment Day. Follow on Twitter: @UNEPandyou

–  And June 6th-7th: is the 7th Annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference, in Boston, MA.

– “In the News“

 

–  Jackie Wills of The Guardian, reports on “M&S: a sustainable blueprint to behold.”  The retailer’s landmark Ecclesall Road M&S store combines a range of unique characteristics, from LED lighting to rainwater toilets; and has become a learning store, where sustainability skills are shared among staff and local students.  It is the first United Kingdom store to win full Forest Stewardship Council project certification.

Some of the unique features include: natural ventilation in the stockroom and staff areas rather that air conditioning, glass doors on mobile fridges that cut energy use by 45% and an HFC-free refrigeration system, water use has been cut by 46% by installing low flush toilets, sensor taps and a rainwater-harvesting tank below ground.  Also, sun pipes bring natural lighting onto the shop floor, every brick was reclaimed from a disused mill in Manchester and polishing the concrete floor meant no need for coverings; and the shop has a sedum roof and a living wall for wildlife, which among other environmental benefits, will insulate the store and filter pollution.

–  Sarah DeWeerdt of The Atlantic Cities, talks about “A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage.”  The project, dubbed the UpGarden, will have space for about 120 local gardeners.  The project came about because Seattle’s P-Patch community gardening program was looking for space to build a new garden in the neighborhood.  Eric Higbee, a landscape architect working on the project says, “as far as we can tell it’s the first community-managed food production garden on a rooftop” in the country.

Typical green roof technologies were too expensive, so they settled on a series of wooden raised beds 12 to 18 inches deep, which will be filled with potting soil, which is lighter than topsoil.  Roofs are bright and hot, which should make it easier to grow hot-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants but to offset the windy element and to help the soil stay moist, the team is considering putting in a drip irrigation system.  The knowledge developed here will aid in the development of other rooftop gardens in Seattle and elsewhere around our country.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything Greenroofs.com by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, being a member of our network on LinkedIn, and subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for June 1st,  2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by Greenroofs.com.*


Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.