Video & Project of the Week for January 18, 2016: Shanghai Tobacco Factory

January 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm Project of the Week: 1/18/16


Shanghai Tobacco Factory
Shanghai, China
86,111 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Starting in 2008 with completion in 2012, AS. Architecture-Studio designed and oversaw the construction of two new buildings and restoration of an existing building for the Zhonghua Tobacco Factory, also known as the Shanghai Tobacco Factory, which manufactures luxury cigarettes. Located in the Yangpu District near the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the urban, architectural, and landscape redevelopment of the 106,500 m² site sought to integrate large industrial buildings within a highly urbanized area. A roof garden with a total area of about 8,000 square meters was desired by the client and installed alongside exhaust pipes, cooling towers, and other industrial elements on the roof.

Due to roof construction constraints in addition to summer temperatures over 50 degrees C (122 degrees F), the Modular Greening Unit from Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co was specified, which can also store rainwater. A variety of grasses, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and small trees were planted in a substrate thickness of 35 cm. The colorful shrubs and tall fescue were designed with an interval collocation for tone, in a French romantic style; a sprinkler irrigation system waters the plants once per week. Because of the special features of the building, the insulation layer has a thickness of 50 cm, a waterproofing layer by Sika Sarnafil, and floor tiles cover the remaining area. Taking into account the needs of the plant growth according to the thickness of the matrix, two types of modules were used at 30 cm and 35 cm high. The roof greening project took only 48 days to be completed and AS. Architecture-Studio says “the new buildings fit perfectly into their environment and provide good thermal insulation and reduce energy consumption.” Six months after its completion, colorful, lush plants were blowing in the breeze as a wave travels up and down, as beautiful as a painting.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Year: 2011
Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Building Type: Industrial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 86,111 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Greenroof Designer: Xia Hong, AS. Architecture-Studio
Modular Greenroof System: Modular Greening Unit, Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co., Ltd
Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Whole-process Investment Supervision: Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd.

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Video & Project of the Week for May 4, 2015: Private Kiawah Island, SC Residence

May 5, 2015 at 11:47 am Project of the Week: 5/04/15


Private Kiawah Island, SC Residence
Kiawah Island, SC, USA
1,500 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

This private residential green roof is located in the marsh sensitive ecology of Kiawah Island in coastal South Carolina. The semi-intensive green roof works not only to visually delineate the union between the building and the surrounding tidal marsh environment but also works to protect the vital buffer zone from harmful storm water. The homeowners enjoy full access to the roof via slate pavers that lead to a wonderful outdoor space overlooking open marshland.

The green roof is a custom built-up system with subsurface irrigation, installed by Living Roofs Inc. Waterproofing from Sika Sarnafil and Bonar drain mat were used throughout the green roof ensuring a watertight structure and providing both water retention and drainage. The vegetation is made up of 5 species of grasses including natives such as Muhlenbergia and Nassella. Perennial grasses were chosen in order to create a seamless visual transition from the roof to the marsh below. Two pieces of marsh cedar driftwood collected from the surrounding environment were placed among the grasses providing natural design and habitat for marsh species. The green roof was installed in May of 2011 and by the end of the same summer, fiddler crabs were found crawling through the grasses on the roof! 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 this very successful project.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Thank you to to Bonar for supporting as one of our Diamond Sponsors at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015, open now through May 31!


Year: 2011
Owner: Private
Location: Kiawah Island, SC, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Drainage & Water Retention: Enkadrain, Bonar USA
Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Architect: Thomas and Dezinger Architects
General Contractor: Koenig Construction
Landscape Architect: Wertimer & Associates
Green Roof Installation: Living Roofs Inc.


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Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for February 20, 2015: Sika Sarnafil

February 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:

GCW-Sika-Sarnafil-022015Sika Sarnafil is an innovator & leader in the green roof industry that specializes in long-term solutions for roofing and waterproofing projects.

SikaSarnafil-logoSika Sarnafil has partnerships with leading landscape designers and installers to provide a single source warranty for the waterproofing and vegetated assembly. Alternatively, the company will supply the waterproofing system only depending on the needs of the customer.

All Sika Sarnafil green roof systems integrate various system components into specific engineered waterproofing assemblies that address the individual needs of building design, budget, substrate conditions, climate, and environment.


For more detailed information about Sika Sarnafil, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

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Video & Project of the Week for November 10, 2014: Nashville Music City Center

November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm Project of the Week: 11/10/14


Nashville Music City Center
Nashville, TN, USA
191,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The LEED Gold certified Nashville Music City Center (MCC) is a 1,200,000 square foot convention center in the SoBro (South of Broadway) district in Nashville. Five stories high, the wavy roof has three independent greenroof sections which mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee. The iconic greenroof design represents the frets and body of a guitar – including 845 solar panels incorporated into the guitar body itself. A 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank stores rainwater from the roof which is used to irrigate outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.

The Music City Center is the recipient of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2014 Green Roof Special Recognition Award. The co-recipients are Roofmeadow, who designed the greenroof, provided construction oversight, and oversees maintenance; Greenrise Technologies, who constructed the greenroof and also conducts greenroof maintenance; and TVS, lead architect, who conceived the greenroof project and laid out the signature green diamond pattern. Greenrise Technologies says “This project represents the ultimate fusion of aesthetics and engineered performance.”

Designed for stormwater retention and urban heat island reduction, the greenroof can handle a 2.6-million-gallon stormwater offset. Protected by a waterproofing membrane from Sika Sarnafil with Bonar‘s Enkadrain®/W 3601 drainage, the shallow under 3″ deep rooflite® Extensive MCL substrate blended by Garick is covered with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Sempergreen. The undulating surfaces with pitches ranging from 16 – 25% required slope stabilization of the media, and the Anti-Slip System Type N with net and sills from Optigreen® was used, supplied by Conservation Technology.

We at hope to see you in Music City tomorrow at CitiesAlive!  As you may know, Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design this Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.  The Nashville Music City Center is included in our Top 10 List, representing one great example of the #5 category, “Sculptural Architecture.”

Year: 2012
Owner: City of Nashville
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
191,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 25%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS); Tuck Hinton Architects; and Moody-Nolan Architects
General Contractor Joint Venture: Bell & Associates Construction, Clark Construction Group, Harmony Construction Group
Greenroof Design: Roofmeadow, with TVS
Greenroof Installation: Greenrise Technologies
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Roofer: Baker Roofing
Drainage: Enkadrain®/W 3601, Bonar
Anti-Slip System: Type N with Net and Sills, Optigreen®
Optigreen® Distributor: Conservation Technology
Growing Medium: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pre-vegetated Mats: Sempergreen
Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies with oversight from Roofmeadow


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