Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 11, 2012

May 14, 2012 at 10:44 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 11, 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 11th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, DHS St. Elizabeths Campus, currently in the construction process in Washington, D.C.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is consolidating its headquarters in the National Capital Region at St. Elizabeths Campus to provide a more unified and secure campus that brings together its executive leadership and operational management.  Phase 1 is scheduled to deliver in 2013, Phase 2 in 2014, and Phase 3 has a projected completion date of Q4 2016.

The Phase 1 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters will feature several construction and operating measures in accordance with its proposed LEED Gold certification, including: over 400,000 square feet of green roof used for stormwater management consisting of wet ponds, bio-swales and step pools, and energy efficiency, enhanced commissioning of all building systems, use of green housekeeping measures after completion and occupancy, and use of low-emitting construction materials and furnishings.  Due to the variety of plants ranging from shrubs to grasses to Sedum mats from Sempergreen, there are four different soil blends on the project.  Rooflite ® growing media was specified, with Roofmeadow ® as the growing media consultant.  In all, 18 roofs, nine courtyards, and two parking garages will be covered with living roofs.

– To learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, DHS St. Elizabeths Campus,  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 22: “Sustainability at a Small Business: Emory Knoll Farms” by John Shepley, one of our contributing editors – the Green Business Editor.

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

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 22: Sustainability at a Small Business: Emory Knoll Farms,” “Early Bird Registration Ends on May 15 for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive in Chicago!,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 4, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  May 11th-13th: is EPIC – The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. @EPIC_Expo

–  May 12th-15th: is Resilient Cities 2012 – World Congress on Cities & Adaptation to Climate Change, in Bonn, Germany. @ICLEI_ResCities

–  May 13th-16th: is Green Building Design & Interiors Arabia 2012, in Saudi Arabia.

–  May 15th: is the deadline for the Early Bird Registration date for CitiesAlive 2012.

–  May 16th-18th: is Greening the Heartland 2012 – Building Community Conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana. @GTH2012 #GTH2012

–  May 17th-19th: is the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, in Washington, D.C. @AIANational #aia2012

–  And May 18th: is the Portland Ecoroof Symposium – The Bottom Line on Portland Green Rooftops, in Portland, Oregon.

– “In the News“

–  Alistair Guthrie of The Guardian UK, asks “Carbon emissions: can buildings be elegant and efficient?”  He says some buildings have been able to integrate art and science, an important combination of being sustainable and aesthetic.  Over 70% of a typical city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings and the construction industry itself consumes more than 12% of the world’s water.  It’s now more important than ever that engineers and designers work together to achieve emissions targets and meet needs for future inhabitants of our planet.

A beautifully strong example of the art-science combo needed is the living roof at the California Academy of Sciences, one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the world.  The academy’s 2.5-acre green roof blends into the surrounding Golden Gate Park and meets exceptional LEED Platinum standards.  It has reduced its water usage by 76.9% through grey water reuse, low-flow WCs, kitchen sinks and showers.  The building has saved 34% in energy by locating its photovoltaic cells around the edge of the green roof.  Other recognizable landmarks that combine beauty and sustainability include London’s Shard building and the Eden Project in Cornwall, where part of the James Bond film, Die Another Day, was filmed.

–  The Daily Mail offers you “New York’s secret skyline: Amazing aerial shots give rare glimpse of city’s hidden rooftop world.”  This incredible collection of aerial photographs taken above New York, include lush gardens, restaurants, swimming pools and tennis courts.  Thanks in part to Mayor Bloomberg’s eco-friendly roofscaping initiatives, the tops of dozens of buildings have been transformed into amazing outdoor living spaces and models for green-city living.  Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean took these stunning images for his new book, Up on The Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces.

In the book’s introduction, architecture critic Robert Campbell writes, “Rooftops will be the lungs of the denser city of the future.  As the world urbanizes, the rooftops will connect us with nature, with wind and sun and rain and snow, with the natural processes of growth and decay.”  Over the years, MacLean has clocked up more than 6,000 flying hours and has published ten books of his aerial photography.  His new book contains 184 beautifully detailed photographs and is available on Amazon.  Check out the full article for more amazing photos!

– 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 11,  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: May 4, 2012

May 6, 2012 at 10:37 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 4, 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 4, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

-Our project of the week is the Fichtebunker built in 2009, in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.  This 56 meter in diameter, nineteenth-century gasometer was made into an air-raid shelter in World War II and was then used as a shelter for the homeless refugees.  In 2006, the State of Berlin’s Real Property Fund sold the building to developers and two-story luxury condos were planned on top along with townhomes and a five-story apartment building on the land around the building.  Beginning in October 2007, 13 pie shaped family residences were built with curved walls and private gardens offering beautiful views over the city

The individual apartments are accessible through a landscaped community courtyard with a fountain, bamboo troughs, and an extensive greenroof.  Each house has its own roof garden with a size of 70 to 100 square meters.  The ZinCo System build-up “Heather with Lavender,” with the Floradrain ® FD 40 drainage element as a base, provides a permanently functioning lawn with planting areas and hard surfaces.  Also, the roof of the new flats received an extensive greenroof as well as the underground parking and the roof of the new building with 12 apartments next door.

-To learn more about the Fichtebunker,  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 21: “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World,” by Jörg Breuning.

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

–  Guest Feature Article

And read our latest guest feature article, “You’re Invited to Hangzhou, China for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress,” by Xianmin Wang, Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference.

The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

-If you haven’t checked it out already, our April 2012 eNewsletter is now available!  So get caught up with everything that happened here at Greenroofs.com last month.  Sign up on the Homepage.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Alumasc Chosen for Kidbrooke Regeneration.

Eco-Roofs Helps Butler University Students Complete First Campus Green Roof Installation Atop Pharmacy College Building.

Tremco Headquarters Renovation Receives Ohio Chemistry Technology Council Award.

Joblinks

–  Xero Flor America Green Roofs is currently hiring 3 Sales Professionals in regional US markets.

-Sika Sarnafil USA is looking for an Inside Sales Representative in Canton, Massachusetts.

Industry News

–  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2012 Annual Industry Survey of Corporate Members.  President of GRHC and GRP, Steven Peck said, “The green roof industry grew by 115% over the course of 2011, up significantly from 28.5% growth in 2010.  This great news comes on the eve of the launch of: 10th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference.”

-Speaking of CitiesAlive 2012, this year it will be held once again in Chicago, the site of their first Green Roof and Wall Conference.  Hurry to register for the Early Bird Discount rate by May 15! Visit http://citiesalive.org/ for more info.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 21: Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World,” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: April 27, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

-May 9th-10th: is the Greenbuild EXPO Sustainable Refurbishment & Building Event, in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (@GreenbuildExpo #greenbuildexpo)

-May 9th-11th: is Greenbuilding – International Exhibition & Conference on Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Architecture, in Verona, Italy.  (@GreenbuildingIT)

-And May 9th-12th: is The New World – The 20th Congress for the New Urbanism, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

– “In the News“

-Wayne Roberts of NOW Magazine, talks about “Hitting the green roof.”  He says a “crucial vote will decide if the city is serious about its greenroof policy.”  Toronto’s Green Roof Bylaw was passed in 2009, and requires green roofs on new commercial, institutional and residential developments with a minimum gross floor area of 2,000 square meters.  The issue is whether schools can be exempted from this bylaw.

The city’s chief planner recommended that the Planning and Growth Management Committee exempt public and Catholic school boards from the bylaw, saying that painting them white would reduce the heat stored on roofs and that those schools could store rainwater and offer green space on other parts of their property.  Another member of the Planning Committee opposed the school board’s attempt to sidestep their eco responsibility saying, “We expect them to be built smarter than before, and they  shouldn’t  get a pass on this.”  The city will save money in the long term, since greenroofs manage stormwater, reduce roof maintenance, lower energy bills, and help the environment among other benefits.  Schools also have the added advantage of turning their greenroofs into outdoor classrooms and teaching future generations about green infrastructure and how it enhances our lives.

-Mireya Navarro of the New York Times Blog has a “Q&A: [about] Greening the City’s Zoning Rules.”  She says, “Changes in New York City’s zoning code are expected to encourage the installation of rooftop gardens.”  This week the New York City Council unanimously approved a package of zoning changes that make it easier for property owners to undertake energy efficiency upgrades and even produce their own solar and wind power; and developers will also have more freedom to incorporate green elements into their building designs.  She asks questions like how many owners of the city’s million or so existing buildings are willing to foot the upfront costs to save energy in the longer term?  And how will things change for architects and developers once the zoning rules are relaxed?

For answers to these and other questions, she asked Howard Slatkin, director of sustainability for New York’s Department of City Planning, and Paul Freitag, the director of development in New York for the Jonathan Rose Companies.  Mr. Slatkin said they worked closely with architects, engineers, developers and other experts to identify the zoning obstacles to building or retrofitting green buildings.  Mr. Freitag says that one green element that seems to be growing in popularity is the use of greenroofs.  People in the industry are recognizing the many benefits of green roofs, like improved insulation, reduction of the heat island effect, stormwater management and food production; not to mention that green roofs are basically gardens with fantastic views.  You can go to the full article to read of all their answers to the New York Times’ questions.

– 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 4, 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.

A Green Roof Day in New York

April 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

By Ed Snodgrass

Much like Tarzan, King Kong and Crocodile Dundee I look out of place in New York.  I am a country boy by both birth and disposition.  So when I got a call from The Martha Stewart Show to be a guest on their Earth Day show I knew if I accepted I would have to be in Manhattan for a day or two and I would just have to make the most of it and find a way through my discomfort of urban spaces.

I got into New York Sunday afternoon and met Andrea Mason who produces the gardening segments of the Martha Stewart Show.  We worked through the afternoon preparing for the next day’s show.  We talked through the green roof mock-up and planted some areas of the roof and left other to plants on the show.  Geoff Rosen, the producer of the show stopped by to talk about the segment and frame some questions and other logistics. Before we knew it four hours had gone by.  It’s amazing how much work eight minutes of television takes.

I called my friend Patrick Cullina in Brooklyn to see if he had time to hang out.  Patrick was recently Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations at the High Line and was formerly Vice President of Horticulture and Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Patrick is a great plantsman but also a serious basketball fan as am I.  We talked urban horticulture and hoops over hip food (menus with more adjectives than nouns) in Greenwich Village.

I woke early Monday morning and walked down to the High Line.  I hadn’t seen it since the second phase had been completed and before 8 AM it was already bustling both with people and with plants.  The redbuds were in bloom with foamflower fizzing under them.  It was like spring time in the Smokies but with a cityscape as a backdrop.

Angie Durhman from Tecta America was in New York by chance – we had talked a couple days earlier and she offered to take me to see the USPS Morgan Processing and Distribution Center roof, some 67,000 sq.ft. of extensive roof.  I jumped at the chance, but I had to be at the Martha Stewart studio by noon so it was a quick visit.

It was well worth it.  In contrast to the High Line, the USPS roof is a simple, easy landscape.  I enjoy the complexity of the High Line but I also enjoy the elegance of a properly maintained extensive green roof.  I saw Columbia University’s weather station up there and thought, these are the kind of roofs we need to measure.

Off to the studio and to very foreign scenes to me like a green room, hair and make-up, a very busy crew of people moving in all directions and finally the stage manager comes to get me and place me on my spot for the segment and then eight minutes of green roof talk with Martha Stewart and then off stage and done.

The people on the show could not have been nicer or more professional and it’s clear there is a real environmental concern at the show from top to bottom.

See the 5:25 The Martha Stewart Show Earth Day Show video clip here.

Happily, I was in car and through the Holland Tunnel before rush hour.  As I merged onto the New Jersey Turnpike, I thought I was happy to have taken the chance to go to New York but happier still to head back to the farm.

~ Ed Snodgrass
ed.snodgrass@greenroofplants.com

Publisher’s Note:  Read past “ask ed” archives here.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 19, 2011

August 26, 2011 at 6:09 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 August 19, 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, August 19th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the NBC Experience Store living wall built in 2010 in New York, NY. The beautiful and lush indoor living wall at Rockefeller Center was developed to be a part of NBC’s “Green is Universal” week 2010. A secondary green initiative included a temporary window display to help educate the public on green farming with vertical living walls and show the portability of the Green Living Technologies International Mobile Edible Wall Unit, used as a teaching tool in classrooms and as part of the GLTi Food Factory. The GLTi certified installers responsible for the project were the youngest certified installers in the world, part of the Discovery High School team of interns on the degree track program getting paid to implement the skills they had learned in class. The living wall units are part of the GLTi curriculum used in the NYC Schools and will be part of the new Hunts Point High School for Sustainable Community Initiatives in the Bronx, making the program the first of its kind providing a degree track with green technologies as the focal point. The unit is bell to bell instruction and can be used to grow everything from food to long-lived perennials.

–  To learn more about the NBC Experience Store living wall, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–  Industry News

–   On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bloomberg signed into law a bill to exempt rooftop greenhouses from being counted toward a buildings’ height and floor area measurements.   The greenhouses will join structures like roof tanks, air-conditioning equipment and chimneys as apparatus that are not factored into buildings’ official totals, easing limitations on the construction of such structures.   As for greenroofs, new legislation will allow 4 inch depth systems to be submitted to the Department of Buildings without the need for construction plans or permits.

–   The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) under the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) department has recently updated the “New and Underutilized Technology: Green Roof” webpage to include information which outlines key development considerations for greenroofs within the federal sector.

–   Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Boston GreenFest 2011 is Open!“ where you’ll find lots of fun and learning activities for the whole family, plus learn about greenroofs and walls with The Green Wall Editor, George Irwin of Green Living Technologies International, who will complete an 800 sf greenroof on site, “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 12th, 2011“ and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

–   Now through August 20th is Boston GreenFest 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.

–   August 21st-25th: is StormCon – The North American Surface Water Quality Conference in Anaheim, California.

–   August 24th-26th: is the 6th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference in Savannah, Georgia.

–   August 25th-27th: is the Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon.

–   And August 26th: is a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) – Advanced Green Roof Maintenance course in Toronto, Canada.

–  Check out our homepage for more Upcoming Events!

– “In the News“

–   Caitlin Moran of Patch.com says “”˜Rainwater Tour’ Gives Residents Ideas for Better Stormwater Management.” Earlier this week, about 15 residents of Redmond, Washington gathered at Grass Lawn Park for a “Rain Water Community Tour.” Hosted by the City of Redmond, Sustainable Redmond and People for Puget Sound, the walking tour highlighted some of the park’s modern stormwater management features, including a green roof, rain garden and permeable ground surfaces. The environmental features help filter out stormwater pollution before water hits local streams, rivers and the Puget Sound. Maddie Foutch, an intern at People for Puget Sound who helped coordinate the rainwater tour, says that stormwater is the cause of one-third of the pollution in Puget Sound. And Peter Holte, the City of Redmond’s stewardship coordinator said “rain gardens, green roofs and the added use of pervious surfaces also helps slow stormwater flow into the streams, which in turn mitigates stream bank erosion and flooding.”

–   Patricia Culligan of LiveScience.com asks “How Does Your Rooftop Grow?” She says “green roofs, such as those on the Columbia University campus, are rapidly gaining popular attention in the United States, recently becoming a high-profile component of sustainable building construction.” To better understand the benefits of urban green roofs and how they work, a team of Columbia University researchers including Patricia Culligan, Stuart Gaffin and Wade McGillis, are coordinating extensive green roofs throughout New York City, in a partnership with the university’s Office of Environmental Stewardship and the Earth Institute’s Urban Design Lab. The researchers are measuring roof runoff, plant evapo-transpiration, carbon dioxide flux, temperature of the growing medium, moisture gradients, local particle counts, and roof albedo for roofs across the city and the results will provide great information for people of the greenroof industry.

– 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 August 19th,  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.