Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012

May 26, 2012 at 3:27 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 May 25, 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 May 25, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof, built in 2011 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  This greenroof is located in the marsh sensitive ecology of coastal South Carolina; and perennial grasses were chosen in order to create a seamless visual transition from the roof to the marsh below.  The semi-intensive greenroof works to visually outline the union between the building and the surrounding tidal marsh environment and also works to protect the vital buffer zone from harmful storm water.

The installation was challenging as space was limited for staging materials and lifting the growing media and pavers to the roof, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. persevered through hot and muggy Charleston weather to finish another beautifully successful project.  The roof will significantly reduce storm water that would have previously dumped runoff into an important buffer zone just feet away.  The design seeks to minimize delineations between the roof structure and the surrounding environment, and Living Roofs, Inc. consulted on plant selection to help blend in the marsh view.  Walking among the perennial grasses on the roof is just like wandering through the native marshland at grade.

– To learn more about the Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof,  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 the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode  24: Panel Session “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire” with Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby.

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

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  First Sun-Root™ System Installed In North America by Green Roof Technology and Highview Creations.

–  Entrance to Harrah’s Cherokee to Feature a Stunning Green Roof by LiveRoof ®.

Green Living Technologies Founder, George Irwin, to Speak in Honduras as part of the U.S. Department of State International Information Programs.

Joblinks

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

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 24: Greenroofs: Wind & Fire Panel,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 18, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Going on since May 23rd and through Saturday, the 26th: is EXPO Construe 2012, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

–  And May 30th-31st: is the UrbanTec China Conference, in Beijing, China.

– “In the News“

–  David Templeton of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talks about “New building in Phipps Conservatory is greenest of its kind.”  The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes building behind the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland features old-barn wood sidings, lots of windows and a rooftop garden.  It also represents America’s largest green building at 24,350 square feet and can claim net-zero energy and water usage.  The center will capture rainwater, then process it in wetland lagoons with sewage retained in wetland pits and then processed through sand filters, allowing the water’s reuse inside the building.  With ultraviolet technology, processed rainwater will be distilled to 100% pharmaceutical grade, but be used to water Phipps’ orchids.

The education, administration and research complex features a $500,000 solar-photovoltaic panel array with ground-mounted panels and others atop various Phipps buildings.  The solar-photovoltaic panels will produce 124 kilowatts of electricity with additional power generated by the 5-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbine and 14 geothermal wells.  Building design also includes passive heating, cooling and lighting, including the rooftop garden, a large atrium, ventilation, a highly efficient air-conditioning system and triple-pane windows, all of which reduce the building’s energy needs by 80%.  Although the building is more expensive than the typical office building, Phipps’ benefits include never having to pay monthly bills for electricity, natural gas, water or sewage for the building.

–  Alice Hutton of the Cambridge News, says “Display is heaven scent for hay fever sufferers.”  More than 157,000 visitors will fill up this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week with floral displays, alpine troughs and rooftop gardens which are among some of the examples of horticulture remedies for hay fever sufferers.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden has collaborated with plant nursery Scotsdales, in Great Shelford, to create a garden with the lowest pollen count possible.

Urban Greening – Not To Be Sneezed At is displayed in the Great Pavilion and was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Pathologists and is filled with the flowers and plants least likely to agitate allergies.  High allergen culprits like silver birch are replaced with low-allergen Japanese maples and ornamental shrubs like choisya and citrus are selected over lavender and fremontodendron, and the low-allergen Allium are used instead of itch-inducing Globe Thistles.  Check out the full article to find out how to buy tickets to the flower show.

– 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 May 25, 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 & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 24: Greenroofs: Wind & Fire Panel

May 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

Today we have the pleasure to air the  “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire”  Panel Presentation with  Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby  from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

As most of you know, Kelly Luckett has been a long standing editorial contributor to Greenroofs.com as The Green Roof Guy (2008-2012) and prior to that as The Roving Exhibitor (2005-2008).  And after all these years, Aramis and I count Kelly and his lovely wife, Trish, as extremely good friends, too – you just can’t ask for better people!

We have known affable Jim for several years now after many greenroof conferences, and have always enjoyed his candor and wit.  Although well known by many, we had not yet met Mike, but were very happy to have him on board as an expert in this discussion.  This panel presentation came out of the three years of work that numerous people from many professional organizations put into developing the much needed and long awaited RP-14 Wind Design Guideline.

So we thought it would be a very good topic for all of us!    All three men invested many, many hours to the topic of the  ANSI/SPRI VF-1 and RP-14 standards, and we as an industry are grateful to all for their hard work.

In fact, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities honored Kelly’s dedication and volunteerism with their  Civic Award of Excellence in 2010 (I wrote about it and much more at my post “Final Reflections of Fall 2010 Greenroof Conferences: Vancouver, B.C., Part 3“). Make sure to read Kelly’s own reflections at his December 9, 2010 “Green Roofs, a Civic Award of Excellence, and a Lifetime of Memories.”

And as a backgrounder for this highly technical subject matter and for your reference, make sure you read Kelly’s March 9, 2010 “RP-14 Wind Design Guideline”  article for complete details.

Kelly Luckett is a GRP and LEED AP.  Nearly a decade in the green roof industry followed Kelly’s thirty years in the roofing industry.  His work includes: developing the Green Roof Blocks product line with products in service on over 125 green roof projects; providing the initial funding to establish the G.R.E.E.N. Green Roof Research Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; co-authoring minimum design standards for green roofs within the International Building Code; authoring Green Roof Construction and Maintenance, 2009; serving on committees to develop and beta test the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Green Roof Professional accreditation testing program; and working as an instructor with the NRCA University educating designers and contractors about green roof design and construction.

Recently, Kelly designed, patented, and introduced the Green Wall Blocks vegetated retaining wall system.  Kelly is also a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com (2005); he is the Green Roof Guy who shares his travels attending ASTM, GRHC and other roofing and greenroof related organization meetings.  In 2010, Kelly received the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Civic Award of Excellence.

Kelly was the Moderator for “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire.”

Mike Ennis has been Technical Director for SPRI, the Association representing Single-Ply Roofing Manufacturers and Component Suppliers, for the last five years.  Prior to this he worked for The Dow Chemical Company for thirty years and was the North American Application Technology Leader for commercial products in Dow’s Building Solutions business where he led the development of new products ands applications.  Mike has 35 years of building and construction experience to his credit.

Mike is a Registered Roof Consultant with RCI, Inc. and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues and the Cool Roof Rating Council.  He is a member of ASHRAE and ASTM Committees D8 Roofing and Waterproofing, E5 Fire Standards, and E60 Sustainability.

James R. Kirby, AIA, is the associate executive director of technical communications for NRCA.  He holds a Master’s of Architecture from University of Illinois and is a licensed architect in Illinois.  Having joined the NRCA in 1996, Kirby is responsible for NRCA’s sustainability activities and communicating technical information through presentation and articles.

Jim is a professional member of ASTM, AIA, GRHC, ICC and USGBC.  He is an accredited Green Roofing Professional (GRP) and is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design and Construction from Boston Architectural College.  Jim provided NRCA commentary on RP-14.

In the trio’s panel presentation, they proclaim “No longer can the green roof be deleted from a project due to failure to comply with the fire code.  After three years in the making from members of Single Ply Roofing Industry in cooperation with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), we now have a green roof design guide for minimizing the risk of fire on green roofs.

“The securing of a place in mainstream construction through the International Code Council (ICC) has resulted in a milestone for the North American green roof movement. Fire concerns are only half of the code story as the wind design guide is still progressing through the ANSI process – we must overcome both the wind and the fire obstacle. Kelly Luckett, President of Green Roof Blocks, moderates and shares his experiences representing GRHC with the consensus based ANSI/SPRI VF-1 and RP-14 standards. Jim Kirby, NRCA’s AED, Technical Communications, provides NRCA commentary about building codes, vegetative roofs and RP-14. Mike Ennis, Technical Director for SPRI, speaks to SPRI’s leadership leadership in the development of fire and wind standards and experience in the building code arena.”

A concurrent live Q & A accompanied the panel session during the actual  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit presentation with Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby.  The commentary is no longer available for you to see – one reason to attend the second  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit – so you can participate and let your voice be heard!

Note: Due to technical and other difficulties from the second party vendor who filmed our illustrious panel of three, this video does not have our standard  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit branding, including the shots from Google Earth.  We are, however, planning on adding it to the four affected presentations so that they may be effectively identified for posterity.

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see   Greenroofs: Wind & Fire”  Panel Presentation  or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit greenroofs.tv play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 25th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011: Don’t Miss 7 Expert Panels!

September 8, 2011 at 1:32 am

Last week I told you about our Keynote Speakers for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 –  Andrew Grant, Charlie Miller, Ed Snodgrass and Ralph Velasquez –  awesome thinkers, designers, trend setters, eco-luminaries all of them!  And among others, we have French botanist and modern green wall pioneer  Patrick Blanc, whom I’m interviewing this afternoon in Chicago…

See the GGW Virtual Summit  Speakers page and  Agenda to learn all about each presenter and their presentations or the panel sessions.

Speaking of our panel sessions, we have seven very distinct, innovative, and important collaborations that you are sure to enjoy and learn from personal experiences of movers and shakers in their respective fields from international non-profit, private and university level to U.S state, city, and borough level to professional association, private enterprise, and corporate experiences.

Click on the photos or titles to learn more about each  scheduled  time slot on the Agenda and each individual  – they all have live Question & Answer sessions afterwards, so don’t miss them to pick their brains on how they are  succeeding  in greening our roofs and walls:

Biodiversity and Greenroofs” above  left to right:  Christine Thuring (Moderator),  Nathalie Baumann, Dusty Gedge,  and  Gary Grant discuss original research and unique experiences, from field work upwards to bigger picture perspectives, as well as corresponding experiences with legislation on urban nature conservation.

Christine is moderating the panel on “Biodiversity and Green Roofs” where she also speaks about her research on plant community development and ecological processes on extensive green roofs with time.  Nathalie speaks about “Green Roofs / Natural Roofs = Biodiverse Habitats and Ecological Compensation in Urban Space: 15 Years of Experience in Switzerland.”  Dusty speaks about “Designing and Working for Biodiversity on Green Roofs for Over 10 Years.”  And Gary speaks about “My First Biodiverse Green Roof in 1992, Considerations for Planning and Design and Some Thoughts on the Future.”

 

Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” above left to right:  Robert Bieder (Moderator), Jon Beuttler, Jess Dannhauser, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Javier Lopez, New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, and Steve Ritz.  Fueled by a passionate and committed Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., it is common knowledge that the Bronx is leading NYC in embracing green technologies and the green economy. To wit, the policies and educational initiatives underway in and of the Bronx are making dramatic strides in the quality of life and opportunities for all residents with concentric benefits and ripples felt citywide, statewide and nationally.

This panel featuring: a State Senator, noted business leader, NYC project manager, health care manager, social service providers and a dedicated educator speaks to triple bottom line benefits, impacts and the uses of green roofs, green walls, and urban agriculture as highly replicable, critical components to creating and leveraging social equity and economic and educational opportunities in challenging times.

 

The Portland Ecoroof Program: A Cross-section of the Green Roof Movement in Portland, Oregon” above left to right:  Tom Liptan, Matt Burlin, Amy Chomowicz, Casey Cunningham, and Alice Meyers.  The Portland Ecoroof Program started in 1996 when a city employee constructed an experimental ecoroof on his garage.  From this small start, the program has grown and as of July 2011 there are over 420 green roofs of varying sizes, on all types of buildings, from multi-story apartment complexes and commercial buildings to humble sheds, kiosks, and garages.  These green roofs cover nearly 30 acres of Portland rooftops (extensive and intensive roofs).

The Portland Ecoroof Program consists of technical support, incentives, education, policies, and research.  The program is incentive-based rather than regulatory, and the city’s policies reflect this approach.  This presentation provides an overview of how these program elements work with the private sector and general public to sustain the green roof movement in Portland.

 

Vertical Agriculture: A Global Movement Starts Locally, from Walls & Roofs to Table” above  left to right:  George Irwin (Moderator), U.S. Congressman Tom Reed, and Tom Ferraro.  Urban agriculture is on the rise globally – up the walls and on rooftops.  Fresh, local crops benefit the entire community for many reasons.

U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from the 29th district of New York, Tom Ferraro, CEO of Foodlink – a national network of 200 food banks – and George Irwin, CEO of Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), provide interactive conversation and commentary concerning the impact of education, economics and opportunity around local food production with green walls and roofs.  Rochester-based GLTi started in New York City and has since grown nationally and internationally through education and collaborative hands-on projects with local youth, the underprivileged and disadvantaged in New York and Los Angeles and with business partnerships in Santiago, Dubai, and beyond to include their Food Factory and more.

 

Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.” above left to right:  Dr. Bill Retzlaff, David Aponte, Kevin Songer, and Joe Webb.  Greenroofs are impacted by wind, water and heat on an unrelenting basis.  Through wind trials and real hurricane survival stories in Houston, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Edwardsville, IL, and Puerto Rico, we have met those challenges and will discuss various projects’ responses and successes to Hurricanes Ike and (any others?).  Drought, hot winds, and unseasonable 100 ° days can also quickly desiccate or kill greenroof plants.

Dr. Bill Retzlaff moderates discussing wind studies and plant trials for greenroofs at SIUE. Joe Webb talks about his project which endured 110 to 120 mph winds and 11″ of rain in 24 hours and shares water mapping and Living Building Challenge Water requirements.  Kevin Songer talks about the Outdoor Turbine Hurricane Simulator at the University of Florida, water conservation through ‘nature-based irrigation design,’ and the importance of biodiversity.  David Aponte speaks to his experience of engineering and designing greenroofs with the correct growing media and plants in hurricane-prone, sub-tropical Puerto Rico.

 

Greenroofs: Wind & Fire” Panel above  left to right:  Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby.  No longer can the green roof be deleted from a project due to failure to comply with the fire code.  After three years in the making from members of Single Ply Roofing Industry in cooperation with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), we now have a green roof design guide for minimizing the risk of fire on green roofs.  The securing of a place in mainstream construction through the International Code Council (ICC) has resulted in a milestone for the North American green roof movement. Fire concerns are only half of the code story as the wind design guide is still progressing through the ANSI process – we must overcome both the wind and the fire obstacle.

Kelly Luckett, President of Green Roof Blocks, moderates and shares his experiences representing GRHC with the consensus based ANSI/SPRI VF-1 and RP-14 standards.  Jim Kirby, NRCA’s AED, Technical Communications, provides NRCA commentary about building codes, vegetative roofs and RP-14.  Mike Ennis, Technical Director for SPRI, speaks to SPRI’s leadership leadership in the development of fire and wind standards and experience in the building code arena.

 

And, because the panel sessions weren’t stirring enough, we’ve ended with the “Green Roofs Without the Hype” Panel above left to right:  Patrick Carey, Dr. Robert Berghage, Charlie Miller, and Ed Snodgrass.  Here are four people with the knowledge to speak frankly about the current state of affairs in green roofing.  This panel focuses on the designation and evaluation of expertise, appropriate background and training, roadblocks to research and education, design origination and control, chain of custody issues, installation, and the residential market.

We hope you join us for this very interactive virtual experience – think film festival meets 2-day  webinar  and online expo extravaganza!

Pre-register or learn more by visiting:    virtual.greenroofs.com.  Don’t forget to pre-register by this Friday, September 9  for the discounted Early Bird rate of  only $49 ($25 for students/faculty and government professionals).

Brought to you by  Greenroofs.com, we’d like to thank to our Virtual Summit Sponsors TREMCO (Rare Earth) and  American Hydrotech (Emerald) and our Exhibitors and Media Partners – make sure to visit them at the  Expo Pavilions.

See you online on September 27 & 28, 2011!

~ Linda V.