Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: August 31 and September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012 at 5:49 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 31 and September 7, 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 August 31st & September 7th, 2012 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Projects of the Week

–  Our Project of the Week this week is the Origin Energy Greenwall Project, built in 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  The Origin Energy head office at 321 Exhibition Street is a commercial complex consisting of premium office and retail space, aiming to be the best practice in sustainability and energy efficiency through the design and installation of a state of the art trigeneration plant.  The tallest greenwall in Australia was recently completed here by Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company.

Spanning 22 floors, each floor has its own unique planting make up, specifically designed to maximize varying angles and lighting.  Utilizing non-biodegradable inorganic media, their greenwalls are grown with epiphytic and lithophytic plants which provide some of the country’s endangered species with a home in order to preserve their existence.  And, the Greenwall Company builds its walls from 94% of recyclable materials.

–  Our Project of the Week  last week was the Central Park Praha, Phase 1, built in 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic.  Located near the historic Prague city center, Central Park Praha is a new multi-family residential complex by designers A96 Architects and AED Project.  Attractive exteriors and innovatively designed interiors are combined with environmental considerations and energy efficiency.  The layout of the apartment complex was inspired by the natural environment, transforming its sharp features into a park through an artificial green embankment, which is actually a terraced building with greenroofs and façades.

The greenroof connects the grounds of the park with the residential buildings and creates a seamless green transition.  The pitched roofs were realized using the Optigreen “slope roof system type T,” an anti-slip system for roof slopes up to 45 °, necessary to keep the substrate and pre-cultivated sedum mats in place.

–  To learn more about the Origin Energy Greenwall Project,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage  (or on the above photos); and to learn more about the Central Park Praha, Phase 1, search project ID #1392 in our Projects Database.

What’s New

–  The Greenroofs.com eNewsletter

– Our August,  2012 eNewsletter was released last week, so be sure to check it out! Catch up on what was new in August, what we’ve been blogging about in our latest Sky Gardens posts, Advertiser Press Releases and more!  Or, subscribe  now.

–  Welcome

– We’d like to welcome two new advertisers here at Greenroofs.com!  Basques Hardwood Charcoal is a manufacturer of a horticultural amendment for rooftop media.

– And Vector Mapping/IR Analyzers has been performing vector mapping integrity testing since 1984.

–  Guest Feature Article

– Make sure to read Steven Peck’s guest feature article, “10th Anniversary – CitiesAlive Returns to Chicago To Celebrate and Plan Ahead“ all about the upcoming event in October – register by September 15 to receive the Early Bird Discount!

–  Advertiser Press Release:

–  Optigreen International (AG) has developed a new Green Roof system: Retention Roof Meander 30.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts:  “The World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 in 3 Weeks!” and “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: August 24, 2012.”

–  Industry News

The NRCA is offering a new LEED Guide entitled “A Roofing Professional’s Guide to LEED ®” which includes specifics about vegetative roofing points.

– “Upcoming Events“

– Going on since September 1-30: is the 9th Annual Architecture and the City Festival in San Francisco, CA.

– September 6th-9th: is the 2012 Waterproofing Contractors Association (WCA) Fall Convention, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

– September 11th-14th: is the CONSTRUCT2012 and the CSI Annual Convention, in Phoenix, AZ – Follow on Twitter: @CONSTRUCTshow #CONSTRUCT

– September 12th: is the Greenroof Design & Construction Workshop, Wetland Studies & Solutions, in Gainesville, VA.

– September 13th-14th: is the European Conference on Sustainable Renovation of Buildings, in Karlsruhe, Germany.

–  And September 15-16 is the 10th Annual San Francisco Living Home Tours.

– “In the News“

–  James Bruggers of The Courier-Journal Blog, talks about “Louisville Housing Authority shows off new green roof.”  Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s Vine Street administration building features a new green roof with more than 1,200 plantings, including different grasses, ground coverings, serviceberry trees and various types of bushes; and it cost less than a traditional roof replacement.

It also has a walkway and benches for its building occupants to take a break and enjoy the lovely view it offers while it is helping to reduce the urban heat island effect.  This new sustainable addition will save on the building’s energy cost all year long, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

– The staff at Buffalo Rising says, “NFTA Bus Shelter Gets A Living Green Roof.” eco_logic STUDIO, the company behind this project, said that this bus shelter is “a demonstration project for NFTA utilizing an existing bus shelter.  In the last year NFTA has installed about 100 PV systems on bus shelters.  This is the first green roof!”

Just some of the benefits this green roof will help to do are to absorb pollution and put back clean air in the environment, help keep the inside of the shelter cool in the summer and help to improve rain retention.

– 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 31st & September 7th,  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.

The World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 in 3 Weeks!

August 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

The exciting  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012 will be held in three weeks!  Have you made final plans and registered yet?

Founded and organized by our talented UK colleague Dusty Gedge – also President, European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) and co-founder  of  livingroofs.org  –  the  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012  follows on the success of the previous World Green Roof Congresses held in London in 2010 and 2008.

International Ideas Exchange

“This bi-annual World Green Roof Congress will bring together the leading practitioners – policy makers, architects, designers, urban planners, manufacturers, engineering, environmental & ecological consultants – from around the world to highlight the need to transform urban grey to urban green.” ~  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012

Hosted by the city of Copenhagen and supported by the Danish Ministry of the Environment and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, the organizers says the scene is set for a congress that has sustainability at its core.  Copenhagen’s ambitious goal of being carbon neutral by 2025 means that greenroofs are embedded as an integral part of political policy.

And, Copenhagen is the first city in Scandinavia to have a mandatory greenroof policy.  The new policy makes vegetation and soil a mandatory obligation in planning new developments. The policy covers all roofs that have less than a 30 degree ptich in the new local plans.

Congress Programme

You’ll hear from  60 speakers from over 28 countries and the program is jam-packed:

18 September: Pre-congress Tour & Welcome Reception  includes the Green Roof Tour and Case Study: Malmö where you’ll visit the  Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden and the Emporia Shopping Centre.

(We visited the  Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden in 2003 and it was really interesting then – I’m sure much has grown! For example, I don’t remember seeing this cool fountain on any of the roofs, below:)

19 September: Congress Day 1  opens with the Congress Welcome Address by Dusty Gedge,  Lord Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen, and Congress Chairman Introduction from  Jim McClelland.  The Keynote Address by renowned green architect Emilio Ambasz  (whom we had the distinct pleasure of meeting in Singapore in 2010) follows.  A full day of great speakers and Q & A sessions will entertain you where you can choose from the following parallel sessions: Water, Food Finance Contracts, Hot and Arid, and Plants & Biodiversity, capped off by the Congress Reception from 19.30 – 21.00.

(Side note: I’m sure the WGRC 2012  Congress Reception will be great – Aramis and I attended in 2008 and we had an awesome time!  The food, drinks and service were awesome!)

20 September: Congress Day 2  opens with the Chairman’s Welcome by Manfred Köhler,  University of Applied Sciences in Neubrandenburg and President of WGIN,  and Tina Saaby,  City Architect for the City of Copenhagen,  Architecture, followed by the Keynote Address from Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Skyrise Greenery National Parks Board in Singapore.  During the day you’ll select from these tracks:  Approaches to Planting, Energy, and Plants, Walls, & Rain Gardens.

The unique  City Mayors Panel Discussion, sponsored by CIRIA, follows.  This  international panel of mayors will be sharing the vision for their cities in 2020.

“Take a world tour of green roofs.  Join Mayors and policy makers from world cities and understand each city’s unique incorporation of Green Roofs into existing and new city infrastructure.” ~  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012

Learn about all the speakers  here.

21 September: Post-Congress Tour  to the  Danish State Archives, the awesome Big 8 Windswept House, and Tivoli Hotel.

Your congress ticket includes: access to all plenary and parallel conference sessions, pre conference reception on the 18th September, conference reception on the 19th September, conference materials and refreshments on both congress days – tours are separate.

Registration Discount Code

Make sure  to quote VIP Code WGRC114 when making your booking here.

Unfortunately, Aramis and I cannot attend this time because of all of our other international travels later this fall to China and India (look for my upcoming posts about it!).  Copenhagen is a great city and reason enough alone to attend the WGRC 2012!  Throw in Dusty Gedge and all these great speakers and participants, and it’s a win-win for all.

But, the ever lovely Contributing Editor Christine Thuring  will be in attendance and has promised to report back to everyone!  In fact, she’ll be speaking on the first day of the WGRC 2012 in the Plants & Biodiversity track about her experiences with the  University of Sheffield and “Ecological Dynamics of Old Extensive Green Roofs.”

If you’re going, we’d love to hear from you as well.  Please send us photos and a few lines and we’ll put your reflections up here as a Guest Post.

By the way, if you haven’t already, make sure to read Dusty Gedge’s June 2012 guest feature article “Copenhagen, the Green City for the  Third World Green Roof Congress” here on Greenroofs.com.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, contact the WGRC Conference Team at: wgrc2012@tfigroup.com and 0044 207 808 5617.

We wish Dusty, CIRIA and all the attendees a wonderful and successful  World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen 2012!

Happy Greening,

~ Linda V.