Each week you can expect to learn Whatâ€™s New here on Greenroofs.com through our â€œThis Week in Reviewâ€ video. Â Here is the transcript from May 11, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli â€“ click on the photo below to see the video, or here. Â Enjoy!
- Hello, Iâ€™m Anjuli VelÃ¡zquez and welcome to â€œThis Week in Reviewâ€ for May 11th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.
-Â Our project of the week is theÂ U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, DHS St. Elizabeths Campus, currently in the construction process in Washington, D.C. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â RoofliteÂ® growing media was specified, with RoofmeadowÂ® as the growing media consultant. Â In all, 18 roofs, nine courtyards, and two parking garages will be covered with living roofs.
- Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the Worldâ„¢ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 22: â€œSustainability at a Small Business: Emory Knoll Farmsâ€ by John Shepley, one of our contributing editors â€“ the Green Business Editor.
- Over at Sky Gardens, check out Lindaâ€™s latest posts:Â â€œGreenroofs & Walls of the Worldâ„¢ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 22: Sustainability at a Small Business: Emory Knoll Farms,â€ â€œEarly Bird Registration Ends on May 15 for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive in Chicago!,â€ and â€œGreenroofs.comâ€™s â€˜This Week in Reviewâ€™ on GreenroofsTV: May 4, 2012.â€
- â€œUpcoming Eventsâ€
-Â May 11th-13th: is EPIC – The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. @EPIC_Expo
-Â May 12th-15th: is Resilient Cities 2012 – World Congress on Cities & Adaptation to Climate Change, in Bonn, Germany. @ICLEI_ResCities
-Â May 13th-16th: is Green Building Design & Interiors Arabia 2012, in Saudi Arabia.
-Â May 15th: is the deadline for the Early Bird Registration date for CitiesAlive 2012.
-Â May 16th-18th: is Greening the Heartland 2012 – Building Community Conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana. @GTH2012 #GTH2012
-Â May 17th-19th: is the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, in Washington, D.C. @AIANational #aia2012
-Â And May 18th: is the Portland Ecoroof Symposium – The Bottom Line on Portland Green Rooftops, in Portland, Oregon.
- â€œIn the Newsâ€
-Â Alistair Guthrie of The Guardian UK, asks â€œCarbon emissions: can buildings be elegant and efficient?â€ Â He says some buildings have been able to integrate art and science, an important combination of being sustainable and aesthetic. Â Over 70% of a typical cityâ€™s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings and the construction industry itself consumes more than 12% of the worldâ€™s water. Â Itâ€™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. Â The academyâ€™s 2.5-acre green roof blends into the surrounding Golden Gate Park and meets exceptional LEED Platinum standards. Â It has reduced its water usage by 76.9% through grey water reuse, low-flow WCs, kitchen sinks and showers. Â The building has saved 34% in energy by locating its photovoltaic cells around the edge of the green roof. Â Other recognizable landmarks that combine beauty and sustainability include Londonâ€™s Shard building and the Eden Project in Cornwall, where part of the James Bond film, Die Another Day, was filmed.
-Â The Daily Mail offers you â€œNew Yorkâ€™s secret skyline: Amazing aerial shots give rare glimpse of cityâ€™s hidden rooftop world.â€ Â This incredible collection of aerial photographs taken above New York, include lush gardens, restaurants, swimming pools and tennis courts. Â Thanks in part to Mayor Bloombergâ€™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. Â Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean took these stunning images for his new book, Up on The Roof: New Yorkâ€™s Hidden Skyline Spaces.
In the book’s introduction, architecture critic Robert Campbell writes, â€œRooftops will be the lungs of the denser city of the future. Â 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.â€ Â Over the years, MacLean has clocked up more than 6,000 flying hours and has published ten books of his aerial photography. Â His new book contains 184 beautifully detailed photographs and is available on Amazon. Â Check out the full article for more amazing photos!
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- This has been This Week in Review for May 11,Â 2012 on GreenroofsTV. Â Iâ€™m Anjuli VelÃ¡zquez and Iâ€™ll see you next week!
Did we miss something? Â We’d love to hear from you!
~ Linda V.