Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 14, 2012

September 19, 2012 at 10:11 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 2012 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse built in 2011 in Florence, South Carolina.  It is a project of the Federal Recovery Act of 2009, and joins the rankings of one of the largest green roofs in the Southeast United States to date, and actually may be the largest in South Carolina.  An extensive green roof system was selected due to the load constraints of the existing structure.

About 51,000 plugs from Emory Knoll Farms including species of Sedums, Delosperma, Talinum, and Allium were planted in 329 tons of lightweight Stalite-PermaTill growing medium at a 4″ depth.  Staging this project was especially challenging because the courthouse remained open during its construction.  The crane was frequently moved to accommodate employee parking and a few night shifts were necessary to access one side of the building.  Lifting 220 crane bags of growing media to a 5-story roof could have been a logistical nightmare, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. executed the entire installation with no serious complications.

– To learn more about the J. L. McMillan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse,  click on our project of the week photo on our  homepage  (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs.com Press Release

–  Read about our major news story:  Greenroofs.com Announces Strategic Partnership with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for the Second Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013!

Linda S. Velazquez, Founder & Publisher of   Greenroofs.com  says, “Last year’s groundbreaking Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 was an exciting first in our industry.  Greenroofs.com is very proud of our trendsetting online conference and we’re absolutely delighted to be partnering this year with WGIN, who will bring an even greater international audience to our world stage. 2013’s Virtual Summit alliance with WGIN allows us to optimize resources and promote leading edge information in a multi-lingual format.”

And, Tanya Mueller Garcia, Vice President of   WGIN  says, “The World Green Infrastructure Network is delighted to be co-organizing the 2nd Virtual Summit, a cutting edge event, giving people worldwide the opportunity to learn about green roofs and walls as well as the opportunity to interact with leading trend setters. You will without doubt find valuable information regarding green roofs and walls, from public policies, latest investigations to the most innovative projects. Be a part of the next great Virtual Summit!”  Make sure to read the entire Press Release on our Homepage.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA (rooflite) Introduces the Green Roof Media Calculator.

Vegetal I.D. Introduces Hydropack ®, an optimal solution for Stormwater Management in North America.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “Don’t Miss the Early Bird Discount for CitiesAlive this September 15!“ and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012.”

Guest Blogger

– And don’t miss our latest Guest Post by Dr. Payam Bahrami who writes “CTBUH-IIT Team Wins Grant for Green Wall Façade Research.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Don’t forget, September 15th: is the last day for the Early Bird Registration for the 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago!  Take advantage of the $169 savings!

–  September 16th-22nd: is the APLD International Landscape Design Conference, in San Francisco, CA. (Follow on Twitter: @APLD)

–  September 18th-21st: is the 2012 World Green Roof Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Follow on Twitter: @worldgreenroof #worldgreenroof)

–  And September 21st: is the Greenscaped Buildings Semi-Annual Fall Plant Sale & Open House, in San Diego, CA.

– “In the News“

– Christina Williams of Sustainable Business Oregon, talks about “Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage.”  Last week they announced two commercialization grant awards: one that uses ice slush to store power, and another to fund collaborative research on green roofs.

In 2010, Oregon BEST (the Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) launched its grant program and is now on their way to awarding $1 million in grants this year.  Applied Exergy Inc. is a startup company working with Oregon State University to create energy storage technology that captures and stores energy as an icy slush and then uses it when needed.  A Portland ecoroof startup, Columbia Green Technologies, whom we’ve reported on before, will use their grant to fund their work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track how ecoroof systems manage stormwater runoff in urban settings.

–  The Staff at the Government of Ontario News reports on “Ontario Completes Ottawa Courthouse Green Roof.”  The courthouse’s new green roof will reduce energy costs, improve air quality and help Ontario meet its long-term energy conservation goals.  It features 60 varieties of plants and helps to protect the building’s structure from the elements of nature.  70,000 square feet of green space total the 26 separate multi-elevated green roofs that all contribute in helping to keep Ottawa’s air clean.

The McGuinty government believes that investing in infrastructure is part of the plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen their economy.  A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families: health care and education.

– 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 September 14, 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: August 10, 2012

August 13, 2012 at 6:39 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 August 10, 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  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall built in 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Their website describes the Square Restaurant & Bar, where the green wall is located, as bringing “together exquisite cuisine, fine design and impeccable service with an unmistakably New Zealand sense of hospitality.”  It is open 24 hours a day, and features “a stunning “˜living wall,’ [it is] the perfect place to relax with friends or colleagues.  Enjoy an extensive selection of New Zealand wines and beers, artfully mixed cocktails and gourmet snacks as you soak up the relaxing atmosphere.”

The green wall has an array of native New Zealand flora, including cascading ferns and pan-pacific creepers.  Completed last year, the two-story green wall was designed, built and installed by Natural Habitats, and is nurtured by a hydroponic system.  It improves the indoor air quality by removing air pollutants and raising humidity levels, and it provides visual interest and environmental benefits, creating a more comfortable and relaxing work environment.  The Auckland International Airport’s Novotel Hotel was awarded silver in the Spatial Design category at the 2011 Best Awards.

– To learn more about the Auckland International Airport Novotel Hotel Green Wall,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

–  We’d like to welcome Optigreen International AG, our new advertiser!  They are one of the leading companies in the green roof industry out of Germany.  Look for one of their greenroofs featured as our Project of the Week coming very soon!

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Skyland USA Has Added Another Product to the Growing Portfolio of rooflite ® Certified Green Roof Media Products: rooflite ® Intensive Ag.

Industry News

–  American Rivers released their latest white paper, “Growing Green: How Green Infrastructure Can Improve Livability and Public Health.”  They explore how green infrastructure practices can mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide a number of other public health benefits.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 3, 2012.”

– Guest Bloggers

– And check out Dr. Nigel Dunnett’s guest blog post about the “London Olympic Park: Star of the Show,” along with Dr. Steven Cohan’s guest blog post about the upcoming “Green Roof Research Summit at the University of Maryland on August 16-17, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  August 14th-16th: is the Ag Progress Days, at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania. #agprogress

–  Also August 14th-16th: is the Plantscape Industry Expo 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. @PIAgrows

–  August 15th-18th: is the Urban Agriculture Summit, in Toronto, Canada. @urbanagsummit

–  August 16th-17th: is the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science and Technology Symposium at the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland.

–  And August 16th-18th: is Boston GreenFest 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. @BosGreenFest

– “In the News“

–  Novia D. Rulistia of the Jakarta Post, says “Vertical gardens take root and flourish in green zone.”  The Indonesia Greenwall office is one of several buildings and houses in Jakarta that utilizes green walls.  Decky Rinawan of Indonesia Greenwall says, “the building itself has become a showroom for what vertical gardening can achieve. It shows everyone who is interested in helping make the city greener what can be done with technology and imagination.”

Last year the building underwent a makeover so it could feature the hanging garden of Harmoni and now features 339 square meters of vertical gardening.

– Ryan Gilbert of the Hartford Courant, talks about “Science Center’s Garden In Full Bloom With Flora And Grasshoppers.”  The Connecticut Science Center opened its rooftop garden in May, and has become a popular attraction for both children and adults alike to enjoy native plants, views of downtown Hartford, the Connecticut River and the nearby countryside.

The 6,316-square-foot rooftop garden has several micro climates including a shade garden, an alpine garden and a children’s sensory garden.  Some of the foliage include: blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, canna lilies, prickly pear cactus, various herbs and milkweeds.  The Science Center is LEED-Gold certified and was recently certified as a monarch butterfly way-station. They are offering free admission to Hartford residents in the month of August.  Check out their website (ctsciencecenter.org) for more information on tickets.

– 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   August 10th, 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: July 20, 2012

July 21, 2012 at 12:11 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 July 20, 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 July 20th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Nashville Music City Center built in 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  This Center is a 1.2 million square foot convention center just finished last month in the South of Broadway district in Nashville.  The finished roof has three independent greenroof sections on its wavy roof; and also features a 360,000 gallon water reclaim tank, which is used for things like flushing the toilets and site irrigation.  With the design of the grand ballroom portion of the roof, the Music Center Team envisioned installing solar panels.

The Center is working to achieve LEED Silver status, and a prominent feature of this will be the 175,000 square-foot greenroof, designed to flow along with the rolling hills of Tennessee.  Rooflite ® provided the growing media, Sempergreen the pre-vegetated mats, Sika Sarnafil the waterproofing membrane and the greenroof was designed by Roofmeadow.

– To learn more about the  Nashville Music City Center,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Introducing LiveScreen ®, the Mobile Version of LiveWall ®, the Planted Wall System Designed in Harmony with Nature.

–  Contributing Editor

– Read the latest article from our contributing editor Ralph Velasquez, “Sustainability, Friend or Foe?“

Industry News

–  ASTM Sustainability Committee develops standard for use of expanded shale, clay and slate in vegetated roofing systems.

–  NASA has released a fact sheet detailing efforts to research, use, and improve upon the concept of greenroofs.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 13, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  July 27th: is the RCI Region II Meeting, in Charleston, SC.

– “In the News“

–  The Materials Handling World Magazine talks about “Leading supplier of single ply roof membranes, Sika-Trocal Helps Reduce “˜Carbon Pawprint.'”  Sika-Trocal has helped to keep stray and abandoned dogs sheltered at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres in Shrewsbury and Loughborough (UK).  Sika-Trocal’s single ply roof membranes have been used on these buildings to create beautifully stunning greenroofs.  Specialist roofing contractor Telclad was assigned to complete the roof installations, and developed a series of retention battens that would be strong enough to restrain the curved greenroof from slippage while meeting Sika-Trocal’s installation standards.

Delivered by main contractor McPhillips and designed by architects Peter Napier & Co., the facilities were built as environmentally sustainable as possible to help reduce the Dogs Trust’s carbon “pawprint.”  The design incorporated materials with low environmental impact including rainwater harvesting, solar panels and a greenroof, helping the building to become the first of its kind to achieve the highest BREEAM Outstanding rating in the world.

–  Business Green says, “Scientists: Green walls lead to cleaner cities.”  “Lining cities with wall[s] of vegetation could reduce air pollution by 30 per cent at less cost than current policies.”  According to a new research published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, plants can clean the air of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, which cause a huge portion of the 35,000 to 50,000 of premature deaths in the UK that are attributed to outdoor air pollution each year. The World Health Organization’s outdoor air quality database puts the figure of air quality related premature deaths at more than one million a year worldwide.

Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster say pollution struggles to escape “street canyons,” which makes planting green walls of grass, climbing ivy and other plants way more effective at filtering out pollutants than previously thought. Transport for London has installed green walls at Edgware Road station and at The Mermaid in Blackfriars, as part of a package of targeted short term measures introduced where particulate levels are at their highest.

– 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 July 20th, 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: July 13, 2012

July 16, 2012 at 12:20 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 July 13, 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 July 13th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Indianapolis Children’s Museum Green Roof built in 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In celebration of Earth Week 2010 the Children’s Museum installed a GreenGrid green roof system that is now a permanent colorful learning exhibit for all who visit.  The green roof is viewable from the approximately 60-foot-wide Sunburst Window, located on the Mezzanine level of the Sunburst Atrium.  There is an educational kiosk along the window that provides children with information on what a green roof is and how it benefits the environment.  The museum’s green roof compliments the existing expansive rain garden below.

With approximately 1 million visitors each year, this green roof provides excellent educational outreach for sustainable building products and best management practices.  Five color contrasting plant mixes where used creating Red, Orange-Yellow, Blue-Purple, Light Green and Dark Green zones.  A lightweight 100% recycled rubber “faux” flagstone paver was used around the walkway, flush and intermixed with the vegetation.  The G3 GreenGrid module was used and each plant mix featured at least 50% evergreen Sedum varieties.

– To learn more about the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Green Roof,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Tournesol Siteworks Announces: Our New Website is Live!

Rooflite, North America’s #1 Certified Green Roof Media Provider, Announces the Availability of a New Video.

Joblinks

–  Riverbend Nursery, Inc. is seeking an Area Sales Manager covering the areas of Southeast Virginia, North Carolina and surrounding areas.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest post:  “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: July 6, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  July 14th-17th: is OFA – The Association of Horticultural Professionals Short Course 2012, in Columbus, OH. (Follow on Twitter: @ofashortcourse)

– And July 18th-20th: is the Stormwater Symposium 2012, in Baltimore, MD. (Follow on Twitter: @WEForg)

– “In the News“

–  Gordon Severson of Kaaltv.com talks about “Winona State University House Going Green.”  Winona State University has been establishing itself as not only one of the greenest and most sustainable colleges in Minnesota but also in the U.S.  This week, construction crews were making last minute additions to the Theme House.  Interim President Connie Gores says, “It truly represents the students being able to live what they learn,” and that it “lives our mission which is about a community of learners improving our world.  I think this truly is the embodiment of that.”

The Theme House includes bricks on the driveway that collect rainwater, preventing stormwater runoff that would otherwise flow into the river, energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, solar panels and a greenroof.  Construction should be done by the end of July and students can move in this September.

–  Max Salsbury of 24Dash.com says, “Beetles return to Abbey Road.”  Over 40 years ago, The Beatles recorded their “Abbey Road” album, and now a different kind of beetle is calling Abbey Road home.  Dor, ground and sexton beetles have moved into the Abbey housing greenroof in North London.

“The Hive” building is home to beetles, moths, butterflies, spiders and wildflowers.  The roof has log piles and stones so that bugs can bask and burrow.  Nectar and pollen rich wildflowers like bird’s foot trefoil and viper’s bugloss attract pollinators such as bees; and the plot is just a short way from Abbey Road studios where The Beatles made their last recorded album.  Camden Council Cabinet member for sustainability, Councillor Phil Jones, said, “This project shows the benefits that re-creating habitats for wildlife in urban areas can bring,” and that “this is a wonderful project that protects endangered species, improves biodiversity and can be enjoyed by the whole community.”

– 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 July 13th, 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.