WGIC 2014 in Sydney: New Exhibition Discount Opportunities

September 4, 2014 at 9:01 am


WGIC 2014 – Calling all Sponsors and Exhibitors:


I want to share this new opportunity with those of you who are considering exhibiting at the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in sensational Sydney this October 8 – 10.  Read on from the Congress organizers:

We understand that all companies cannot afford the expenses associated with a Congress so it has been with this in mind that the WGIC Organising Committee agreed to this cost saving, economical offer for companies wishing to participate but were unable due to financial concerns.

With only a few weeks to this event and limited number of opportunities, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to showcase your organisation. Please see below the Prospectus and Floor Plan:

OFFER 1 (Four opportunities: Stand A-D) 
inclusive of 2 chairs, table with table cloth and backing board and company name fascia sign.
OFFER 2 (Four opportunities: Stand E-H)
inclusive of 2 chairs, 2 tables and table cloth, 2 backing boards and company name fascia sign.
Additional inclusions as outlined in the prospectus on page 12.

We hope this will give you cause to THINK AGAIN about joining the WGIC 2014 Exhibition Floor.”



And, don’t forget to click on the banner below to receive your great 50% Discount on Registration, an exclusive benefit to our Greenroofs.com readership:


With Green Roofs Australasia‘s president Matthew Dillon at the helm, the WGIC 2014 in Sydney this October promises to be an awesome conference and exhibition, not to mention networking and great tours!


~ Linda V.


Video & Project of the Week for July 21, 2014: Britomart East Complex Green Walls

July 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/21/14


Britomart East Complex Green Walls
Auckland, New Zealand
1,292 sf Greenwall


Project Description & Details

Britomart is a vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct in the heart of downtown Auckland. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, the neighbourhood has a wide array of restaurants and bars, world-class fashion boutiques and interesting art spaces. Located on Takutai in the city’s Central Business District, stunning living walls are situated in the atrium of the Britomart East complex. The green walls were an ideal lightweight solution to the question of how to differentiate the complex’s interior aesthetic.

Designed and installed by Natural Habitats, the two three-story high, 120 m2 of green walls line the east and west end walls and integrate seamlessly into the building fabric. The vertical plantings are hydroponically fed on harvested rainwater and the green walls feature a custom designed planting palette chosen for their low light and maintenance requirements. The walls’ 60 custom made panels had to be carefully installed using a building maintenance unit and abseiling equipment. Considered eco-artwork, they are the focal point of the atrium. The building has a New Zealand Green Building Council five-star rating.

Year: 2011
Owner: Cooper & Company
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,292 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer and Director: Graham Cleary, Natural Habitats
Modular Greenwall System: Natural Habitats
Mesh Baskets and Gutter Fabricator: AMW Fabrication


New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Britomart East Complex Green Walls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof Project of the Week for January 6, 2014: Mt Difficulty Winery Wine Barrel Store

January 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/6/14


Mt Difficulty Winery Wine Barrel Store
Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
9,688 sq. ft Greenroof


 Project Description & Details

New Zealand’s Central Otago Pinot Noir is a world renown drop of red and Mt Difficulty Wines are sure to feature right up there in many a decent wine list. Due to the increasing popularity of their wine, Mt Difficulty had to scale up their boutique winery to cope with the demand. Designed as a low energy input winery, Mt Difficulty Winery vineyards are managed in a way that reflects their commitment to be as gentle with the environment as possible.

The brief for the new barrel store was to create a temperature controlled and environmentally conscious space that would fit into the surrounding Central Otago landscape. The resulting building is an earth toned exposed aggregate pre-cast panel construction buried back into the hillside with a vegetated living roof by LiveRoof covering the entire 900m2 roof footprint. Stormwater360 developed and installed a palette of grasses suited to the lightweight pumice based growing medium and mixed in locally sourced thyme for aromatics and sedum for color. The roof can be viewed looking down from the Mt Difficulty restaurant and tasting room while enjoying a glass your favorite wine.

Year: 2012
Owner: Mt Difficulty Wines
Location: Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 9,688 sq.ft.
Slope: 1.6%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof® Supplier: Stormwater360, New Zealand
Grower: Central Otago Property Services
Installation: Stormwater360
Growing Medium: UrbanGreen Roofmix, Stormwater360
Architectural Designer: Wild Rooster Design

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!  Happy New Year 2014!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: December 2, 2011

December 28, 2011 at 1:50 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 December 2nd, 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 December 2nd  on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central built in 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Free Library is one of the most visited educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.   On September 29, 2008, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut a green ribbon and officially unveiled the Parkway Central Library’s new greenroof demonstration project atop the four story 1927 Beaux-Arts building. The green roof was made possible through generous support from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, PECO, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Quita W. Horan.

The 5,000 square foot greenroof is protected by an EPDM waterproofing membrane and includes 100 cubic yards of rooflite growing median and more than 5,400 plants. The Library’s greenroof demonstration represents the first greenroof on a city-owned building and is part of the Mayor’s initiative to make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in the country. The accessible greenroof offers a beautiful view of central Philadelphia from the terrace. Green Roof Technology, formerly Green Roof Service, was also a consultant on the project.

To learn more about the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central greenroof, click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage.

What’s New“

–   Make sure to read our latest articles. Ralph Velasquez, our Guest Contributing Editor, asks, “Are those products you buy really Green? Or are you a victim of Greenwashing?” in his latest column, “The Six Sins of Greenwashing.” And Andrés Ibáñez Gutiérrez, Faculty of Architecture for the University of Hong Kong and Biotectonica S.A.S, Colombia, talks about “Pioneering Vegetated Architecture in Colombia: From Research to Regulations,” in his guest feature article.

Advertiser Press Releases:

$2,000 is Available Toward School Garden Projects: Green Living Wall School Garden – Green Living Technologies Mobile Edible Wall Unit Qualifies.

Industry News Update

–   The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have joined forces to promote the Federal Green Challenge Initiative in New England federal facilities.

–  New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program will give out up to $4 million more in grants to build greenroofs, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, right-of-way bioswales and other projects to reduce and manage stormwater.

–   Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Hope to See You @ CitiesAlive 2011 in Philly This Week!“  and our GPW.

– “Upcoming Events“

–   Going on now through Saturday, December 3rd: is Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive 2011 9th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

–   December 6th: is an Ecoroof Seminar for Professionals, City of Portland, BES, in Portland, OR.

And December 6th-8th: is the Ecobuild America Conference in Washington, DC.

– “In the News“

–   Denise Piper of the Whangarei Leader, talks about “Living roof concept `great branding.” She quotes Dusty Gedge, president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations, about living roofs when he spoke to 40 people as one of four talks in New Zealand last week. He says “living roofs could be great branding for Northland,” and that “Hundertwasser [Austrian painter and architect who embraced the living roof concept] obviously loved this part of the world. Living roofs could add subtly to the tourist route.” The Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa are well known for their grass roofs. The Hundertwasser Art Centre proposed for Whangarei to have a living roof park, ramping up from the ground to the top of the building.

–   Will Parsons of Environmental Data Interactive, reports on “Green wall unveiled at Edgware Road Tube station.” The 200 square meter green wall was completed this week with a ceremony that saw the Mayor of London’s director of the environment, Kulveer Ranger, add the final piece into place. The project took only a month to complete and is part of the London Clean Air Fund, financed by the Department for Transport; and the 15 varieties of plants used in the wall will improve the air quality by trapping particulate matter coming from traffic emissions. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said of the green wall: “Delivering cleaner air for London is a top priority for me and this ingenious green wall traps harmful pollution on one of our busiest roads, helping to cleanse the air at this popular spot as well as helping to soften and beautify the local environment.”

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 green wall 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 December 2nd, 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.