Video & Project of the Week for September 8, 2014: Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof

September 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm Project of the Week: 9/08/14


Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof
Lake Toxaway, NC, USA
3,959 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Situated in the Appalachian Mountains in the western region of the state, Lake Toxaway is the largest private lake in North Carolina. Known for its natural beauty, the picturesque area has a long history as a summertime haven for the well-to-do. A Nashville couple were clear on just what they desired – and equally adamant about what they did not want – for their new seasonal home on the lake.

Inspired by the site’s natural beauty, Platt Architecture helped the homeowners build their rustic contemporary dream home. They designed a home that would be both elegant and casual, and blend into the narrow and steep site which drops down from the road to the lake. Designed and installed by Living Roofs, Inc., a green roof system was needed that would accommodate the slope. The XF 301+2XT assembly from Xero Flor America was selected with supplemental soil stabilization. The grid was filled with two inches of growing medium before rolling out the pre-vegetated green roof mats containing a six-species plant palette. Plants were selected that would do well in the cool, wet mountain climate up at the 3,000-foot elevation of Lake Toxaway. The home’s long roofline is visible from the road and driveway and the green roof helps nestle it into the serene setting on a mountain lake.

Read much more about the Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof Project of the Week in the September Guest Feature Article Green Roof Complements, Completes Seasonal Lakefront Home in the Mountains of Western North Carolina by David Aquilina.

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: Lake Toxaway, NC, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3,959 sq.ft.
Slope: 14%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Platt Architecture, PA
General Contractor: Holbrook and Nichols Construction
Roofing Contractor: The Bonitz Company of Carolina-Tennessee, Inc.
Green Roof Consultant, Installation and Maintenance: Emilio Ancaya, Living Roofs, Inc.
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xero Flor America
Green Roof System: XFA System: XF 301+2XT with supplemental soil stabilization
Roof Components / Waterproofing System: Johns Manville 080 TPO
Slope Stabilization: Two-inch Slope Stabilization Grid (SSG) with TerraCell 140
Irrigation: Hunter Industries MP Rotators

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Watch the Private Lake Toxaway, NC Residence Green Roof Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof Project of the Week for February 3, 2014: Duke University Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center (OCC)

February 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm Project of the Week: 2/3/14


Duke University Marguerite Kent Repass
Ocean Conservation Center (OCC)
Beaufort, NC, USA

2,440 sq. ft Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Built in 2006 and located on Piver’s Island at the head of the Beaufort Inlet in North Carolina, the Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center (OCC) is a state-of-the-art teaching facility for Duke University’s Marine Lab serving as a beacon for sustainability. Designed by the office of Frank Harmon Architect PA, the OCC was awarded Gold LEED certification in 2008.

In 2010 a Xero Flor pre-vegetated extensive greenroof was installed, selected due to the structural capacity of the building, availability of regionally sourced material, and the challenges associated with a windy coastal climate as it is certified to resist high wind loads and is also an FM Global accepted assembly for this building and location. Protected with Sika Sarnafil waterproofing, Living Roofs, Inc. worked with Xero Flor America and Frank Harmon Architect to design the system and the irrigation which is supplied by a rainwater catchment system. The greenroof components were tested against wind uplift during a direct hit on August 27, 2011 with Hurricane Irene and when Hurricane Earl skirted the Outer Banks of North Carolina on September 3, 2010: The green roof experienced zero soil erosion or damage.

Year: 2010
Owner: Duke University
Location: Beaufort, NC, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,440 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Frank Harmon Architect, PA
Greenroof Consultant & Installation: Living Roofs, Inc.
Greenroof System: XF301+2″XT Vegetated Mat Assembly with Enhanced Wind-Uplift Security Modification, Xero Flor America
Waterproofing Material: Sika Sarnafil
Construction: Curtis Construction

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

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Get Your 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar Now!

December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, it’s that time of year when the air is turning crisp in the Northern Hemisphere (warm in the Southern) and we start to hear the jingling of bells and the smell of fresh Christmas trees – plus planning for the New Year. And, of course, we start thinking of affordable gifts for our family and friends…


What better way to share your token of appreciation and passion of living roofs and walls than with‘s new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Calendar?  At only $9.95 each, it’s very affordable – with discounts for orders over 10, too.  Plus we’ll include free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and Canada (please call for international rates).

And to make gift-giving even easier, we’ll send them directly to your people in your name!

The cover sports the gorgeous California Academy of Sciences, The Osher Living Roof – thanks to Tom Fox of the SWA Group for permission to use his beautiful photo!

In addition to tons of greenroof and wall happenings listed from around the world from Upcoming Events, your 2014 Calendar highlights these spectacular projects from across the globe from The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database:


January features the GOLISANO INSTITUTE for SUSTAINABILITY in Rochester, NY. 


February features the NASHVILLE MUSIC CITY CENTER in Nashville, TN.


March features the HANOVER® ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS in Hanover, PA. 


April features the WILLIAMS ENGINEERING Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 


May features the 1133 AVENUE of the AMERICAS Building in New York, NY. 


June features the DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER in Pittsburgh, PA.


July features the MORZINE AQUATICS CENTER in Morzine, France.


August features the GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET in Grand Rapids, MI.


September features the VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR CENTRE in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


October features the THE REPUBLIK BUILDING in Durham, NC.


November features the CASA FELIZ STUDIOS in San Jose, CA.


December features the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND in Washington, D.C.

2014Calendar-QRcodeLearn more about each profile by simply scanning the QR Code with your smartphone or tablet built-in camera.  If you don’t want to scan, you can still get more information about each project the old fashioned way – by entering the Project ID number located under each photo in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

See our November 26, 2013 Press Release “Our new 2014 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ – 12 Month Wall Calendar is available for purchase!” and visit the Calendar page on to order yours today.


Special thanks go to our 2014 Calendar Sponsors:
Barrett Company, Bioroof, Carlisle, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi),
Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal iD,
Xero Flor America and ZinCo USA!

Happy gift-giving (and receiving),

~ Linda V.


September 12: Piedmont Triad Green Roof Market Development Symposium in Winston-Salem, NC

September 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

Are you going to the Piedmont Triad Green Roof Market Development Symposium presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in partnership with American Rivers, the Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Wake Forest University CEES, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council on September 12?

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North Carolina, and specifically the Piedmont Triad region (including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point), now have the opportunity to reap the multiple benefits of greenroofs.  Piedmont Together, a HUD-funded project involving local and regional agencies, is creating a sustainable development plan for the future of the region.  Now is the time to make sure that living roofs are a key solution that is discussed.  With many vegetated roof companies already represented in North Carolina, and the steady growth of the industry in-state, Piedmont Triad is poised for huge growth in greenroofs.

Many of our colleagues will be here, and Speakers Include:

David Yocca, FASLA/AICP/LEED AP, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner at Conservation Design Forum and Chair of GRHC’s Technical Standards Committee:
“Living Architecture- High-Performance Green Roof/Wall Systems for Multiple Benefits”

Clayton Rugh, PhD, Manager & Scientific Director for Xero Flor America:
“Durham NC Green Roof Case Study: Local Sourcing, Watershed Protection, and Global Climate Change”

Charles Friedrich, MLA, GRP, Director of Horticulture Research & Product Development for Carolina Stalite Company:
“2006 to 2013 Drought and the Discovery Place Green Roof Trials Charlotte, NC

Emilio Ancaya, GRP, Co-Founder of Living Roofs Inc.:
“Proper system + Proper Maintenance: Key components to green roof success in the Southeast”

Robert Long, Owner of Carolina Stonecrops:
“Choosing Plant Species for a Southern Green Roof”

Oscar Warmerdam, President, Sempergreen USA:
“Green Roofs: An Important Component of Stormwater Policy”

 Piedmont Triad Green Roof Market Development Symposium Sponsored By

Also, don’t miss the sure to be excellent How Do You Bring Green Roofs and Walls to Your Community? – an afternoon workshop with key stakeholders to explore policy development in the Piedmont Triad.

Wake Forest University – Benson Center
Room 401 A&B
On Wake Forest Rd., next to Parking Lot C
Winston-Salem, NC

When: Thursday, Sept. 12,
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost to attend the event is $149 in advance and $165 at the door.  A student rate of $125 is being offered.

Attendees will receive presentation materials, lunch and coffee breaks, a USB key containing over 350 technical papers from GRHC conferences (a $195 value), and a complimentary copy of Living Architecture Monitor ? the green roof and wall magazine.


This sounds like a great event – sorry we can’t go, we’ll be in Nantes and Paris attending the 2013 WGIN World Green Infrastructure Conference.

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.