Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 22, 2011

July 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 22, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for this week, July  22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is the San Francisco Residential Living Wall built in 2010 in California.  A newly remodeled modern house sits on a bottom of a hillside in Pacific Heights with a notable retaining wall at the back of the property.  The backyard is sunken into the hill edged with three large, tall concrete walls surrounded by greenery.  The owner/designer’s mission was to create a striking display of vertical gardens that would take advantage of the walls to their greatest potential.  The goal was to show a living wall that brings biodiversity, beauty and enjoyment to the owner’s lifestyle.  This planting display is modeled after a natural vertical garden similar to a woodland cliff on a north facing hill in California.  The vision of a mixture of subtropical plants with northwestern ferns and fern-allies gives the wall its lush looking state.  The framework of the wall uses Tournesol Siteworks modules and bracket systems and had been in planning for six months prior to the installation of the 96 VGM modules with 1,536 plants used to cover the back yard.  The planting was based on a planting plan developed from a sketch drawn by the homeowner and designer Michelle Bond of Thumbellina Gardens; and the plan has over 75 varieties of shade loving plants which were appropriate for the north facing hillside of the site.

– To learn more about the San Francisco Residential Living Wall, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

Pre-Registration is now open for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011! Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, a Greenroofs.com Virtual Conference and Expo will be held on August 23rd & 24th of this year! Pre-Register by the Early Bird Registration date of August 10th and you’ll be entered to win one of two iPad2’s that we’ll be giving away!

Advertiser Press Releases:

VGM green wall modules by Elmich Australia have been installed at Fujitsu headquarters in Melbourne to create an internal north facing green wall.

–  Plug Plant Sale Now on at Sedum Master!

–  LiveRoof is the First Green Roof System to be FM Approved fulfilling the highest standards for performance, safety and quality.

Joblinks:

– The University of Sheffield is looking for a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in Green Roof Stormwater Management in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

– Over at the Sky Gardens Blog, check out Linda’s latest posts about “The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 from Greenroofs.com!,” and how to Win an iPad2 by Pre-Registering by August 10, “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 15th, 2011″ and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

– July 25th: is the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2011 Deadline!

– July 26th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Advanced Green Roof Maintenance Course in Toronto, Canada.

– And August 23rd & 24th: is our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 held online around the world!

– “In the News“

–  Ana Lisa Alperovich of the Inhabitat Blog, talks about “RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside.” Going to the dentist can be a stressful and unsettling experience for some, maybe most, people and the sterilized white dental surgery rooms don’t seem to help the situation. David Sheppard Architects wanted to change that and created Brown’s Dental Practice, a relaxing woodland double-height dental practice that incorporates local materials like stone, wood and glass, while blending in with the lovely Ivybridge countryside. The dental surgery center also features a sloping green sedum roof and a range of photovoltaic panels which produce renewable energy used throughout the building. Also, this project was recently awarded this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Award.

– Lisa Law of Americus Times-Recorder, reports on “Medical center to feature “˜green’ rooftop.” The new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center’s anticipated opening date is December 17th, later this year and with its opening, patients will enjoy the largest green rooftop in the southeastern United States. The director of marketing and public relations, Marcus Johnson, says “the roof is 26,000 square feet and the primary goal of the roof is to provide not only beautiful scenery, but provide a holistic environment for patients as well as visitors.” He also says it’s been proven that patients heal better when surrounded by plants, and the greenroof is eco-friendly offering other benefits like, providing thermal insulation, cutting down on dust, along with reducing energy costs. The greenroof will feature sedum and delosperma in a vast variety of colors of reds and yellows; and will serve as a sanctuary for butterflies, wild bees, beetles and more.

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

– Have something you think we should know about and post on our website? You can send us your green articles, videos and images to editor@greenroofs.com.

– Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and being a member of our network on LinkedIn.

– This has been This Week in Review for July 22nd, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez 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.

GPW: San Francisco Residential Living Wall

July 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/18/11
San Francisco Residential Living Wall
San Francisco, CA, USA
330 sf. Greenroof

Year: 2010
Owner: Michelle Bond
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Green Façade
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 330 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project Description & Details

A newly remodeled modern house in San Francisco sits on a bottom of a hillside with a significant retaining wall at the rear of the property.  The backyard is sunken into the hill edged with three large, tall concrete walls surrounded by greenery; the space is terraced into two large open spaces with raised beds along the backside.   The owner/designer’s mission was to develop the space into a striking display of vertical gardens that would take advantage of the walls to their utmost possibilities.   The goal was to create and display a living wall that brings biodiversity, beauty and enjoyment to the owner’s familial lifestyle.  This planting display is modeled after a natural vertical garden similar to a woodland cliff on a north facing hill in California.   The vision of 75 varieties of shade loving plants, a mixture of subtropical plants with northwestern ferns and fern-allies, gives the wall its lush looking state.

The framework of the living wall was made out of Tournesol Siteworks modules and bracket systems, consisting of 96 VGM modules measuring 20″x20″ and 10″ deep with 1,536 plants.   The growing medium was made with a locally available 50/50 mix of coir based “Ultra Potting Soil” and perlite, although Tournesol Siteworks typically recommends a less-organic lightweight mix (90/10 inorganic/organic).   A fertigation system was installed with the irrigation system to replenish nutrients in the soil otherwise lost by water constantly dripping down through the modules.  After six months, the wall is approximately 85% filled in and the plants are thriving.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Owner, Greenwall Designer: Michelle Bond, Thumbellina Gardens
Greenwall Manufacturer: Tournesol Siteworks
Plant Suppliers: Sloat Garden Center, Flora Grubb Gardens, San Francisco Foliage, & Pacific Nurseries
Irrigation: Ewing Irrigation Products & The Urban Farmer
General Contractor: Ral Dasco
Fertigation Tanks and Fertilizers Supplier: GYOSF INC

Additional Info

Installed in late November 2010, the San Francisco Residential Living Wall had been in planning for six months prior to the installation.   When the homeowner/Thumbellina Gardens landscape designer Michell Bond moved in to the newly remodeled home with the large retaining wall in the back, the terraced backyard was also newly planted with nice but subdued plantings.   So Michelle wanted to redesign the space for maximum viewing pleasure and place her own designer’s aesthetic to the  open space, plus she wanted to really green up the bland, barren wall!

First, since the original retaining wall  had three different elevations, it had to  built up so that it would be level across the top in order to accommodate her design of the 12 feet high and 27.5 feet wide living wall.

Designer Michelle had each module numbered to easily follow her planting plan below:

Each Tournesol Siteworks VGM module was planted with 16 4″ plants, one per window.   To get the plants acclimated to their eventual vertical position, after  three weeks of planting the modules were  tilted 45 degrees.  It took 3-4 weeks for the plants to perk up and settle into their new modular pockets and were ready for installation a few weeks later.

Here are  the 50 species (not including varieties)  of plants that were used throughout the wall, including:

Aeonium “Mint Saucer,” Acorus gramineus, Aloe, Serrisa, Adiantum pedatum, Blechnum, Campanula   Porcharskyana, Carex   fraseri, Crassula, Cissus rhombifolia, Cupressus macrocarpa, Daphne cneruom, Dryopteris erythrosa, Davallia trichomanoides, Euphorbia, Anthericum sanderii, Fatsia japonica, Glechoma hederacea, Gaultheria procumbens, Hedera helix (ivy), Iris, Pellea rotundifolia, Iberis sempervirens, Juniper c.   procumbems nana, Lomandra longifolia, Fuchsia, Nephrolepis cordata, Ophiopogon japonicus, Oxalis oregana, Pellea falcata, Polypodum, Erigeron, Polystichum tsus sinensis, Plectranthus, Polystichum munitum,  Tradescantia, Pyrrosia (staghorn fern), Sedum dasyphyllum, Selaginella (moss), Silene uniflora, Solerolii (baby tears), Sequoia sempervirens, Saxifraga, Achemilla, Vacinuum, Sesleria,   Cymbalaria muralis, Vrisea, and Viola hederacea.

Michelle says that the only plants that have had difficulty were the Serissa, Vrisea, and the Alocasia and that all the others are loving their new high-attention  status in the backyard!

See the Tournesol Siteworks’ blog post about it here.

Did we miss something?   We’d love to hear from you! Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database. See how you can submit yours here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.