Greenroof Project of the Week for February 4, 2013: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

February 6, 2013 at 11:57 am  Project of the Week: 2/4/13

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY, USA
292,000 sf. Greenroof

Javits Center1; Photo COurtesy of Xero Flor America (XFA)

Project Description & Details

With 840,000 gross square feet of exhibit space, the Javits Convention Center is New York City’s largest venue for conventions, trade shows and special events. Its major renovation project includes a new roof, re-doing the building’s signature curtain wall with high-performance glass, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, and interior reconfigurations to enhance the visitor experience as well as boost operational efficiency. Early on, plans to incorporate a lightweight green roof was the preferred alternative to concrete pavers because of its contribution to the goal of earning LEED ® Silver status.

According to designers FXFOWLE Architects and Epstein Global, a green roof was also desirable from a design perspective because taller buildings are on the drawing boards for the area. The lightweight vegetative mats for the Javits green roof include 14 different varieties of Sedum which promote greater diversity and sustainability. The vegetative mats are being grown for a full 9-12 months at a farm in upstate New York and will thereby be adapted to the regional climate. Clayton Rugh, Ph.D., General Manager and Technical Director, Xero Flor America, manufacturer of the green roof system selected for the Javits, has calculated that the green roof will prevent approximately 6.8 million gallons of run-off per year. At present, the green roof installation is one-third complete.

Don’t miss Dr. Clayton Rugh at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  Join him on the “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter One” Panel with Patrick Carey (Moderator), Dr. Alan Darlington and Dr. Paul Mankiewicz on Wednesday February 13 at 3:00 pm EST, Q & A at 4:00.

 Javits Center; Photo Courtesy of Xero Flor America (XFA)

Year: Current
Owner: New York Convention Center Corporation
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 292,000 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: FXFOWLE Epstein (a joint venture between FXFOWLE Architects and Epstein Global)
Construction Manager: Tishman Construction Corporation (AECOM)
Waterproofing Consultant: Commercial Roofing Solutions (CRS), Inc.
Waterproofing Membrane: Siplast Teranap Modified Bitumen System
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xero Flor America (XFA)
Green Roof System: Xero Flor XF301+1″XT
Green Roof Installer: United States Roofing Corporation
Irrigation Contractor: National Lawn Sprinklers, Inc.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Happy New Year – Start it Off Right with our 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Calendar!

January 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Our new 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar is still available for purchase and will make a great way to start the New Year off right – now in our sixth consecutive year, the Calendar combines two of our most popular destinations on The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Upcoming Events.

Enjoy gorgeous vegetated roofs and walls each month and see where the international green conferences and happenings will be held by month!  Upcoming Events dates in the Calendar are confirmed as of publishing date, but are always subject to change so visit the Upcoming Events page for the latest updates and links to the conference organizers.  Learn more  or  order now.

At only $9.95 each, including standard shipping and handling for the United States and Canada, the 2013 Greenroofs and Walls of the World™ Calendar makes a great gift for the greenroof and greenwall lover in your life.

And new this year, we can ship calendars directly to your individual colleagues and loved ones anywhere within the U.S. and Canada with a special Happy New Year’s Greeting in your name!

Save with quantity discounts on orders of more than 10 to one address – note that the special individual mailing offer does not apply here – and contact us for destination shipping rates.

As usual, our 2013 Calendar is printed on 50% recycled paper with 25% post consumer waste using soy inks.   This year you can enjoy vibrant project photos from France, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and across the U.S.   Specifically, here are the project photos you’ll see every month – click to see the profile in the Projects Database:

 January – Private Kona Coast Line, HI Residence from Green Living Technologies International (GLTi):

February – Cuartel de Ballajá (Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building) from rooflite:

March – The Barnes Foundation from Roofmeadow:

April –  Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) from Bioroof Systems:

May –  Lincoln Center Theatre, LCT3 from Green Roof Blocks:

June – Atlantic Wharf (Russia Wharf)  from GreenGrid:

July –  Bellême Hospital from Vegetal i.D.:

August –  Grand Pines Assisted Living Center LiveWalls by LiveRoof:

September –  Hotchkiss School Biomass Treatment Facility from ZinCo USA:

October –  Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) from Xero Flor America:

November-  Orlando Health MD Anderson Cancer Center Labyrinth Vegetated Roof Garden:

December-  Fenimore Art Museum by  Barrett Company:

We’ve been featuring many of these awesome selections recently as our Greenroof or Greenwall Projects of the Week, and for good reason!

Special thanks go to our participating Sponsors in the 2013 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ 12 Month Wall Calendar  – we certainly appreciate your support of

Barrett Company, Bioroof Systems, GreenGrid Roofs, Green Living Technologies International (GLTi), Green Roof Blocks, LiveRoof, rooflite, Roofmeadow, Tremco, Vegetal i.D., Xero Flor America, and ZinCo-USA!

Thank you also to Harris Hatcher Photography for permission to use the beautiful Rock Mill Park photo of the Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens  from American Hydrotech on our cover – one of my own designs, I must admit!

Happy New Year 2013 & Happy Greening,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 27: One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant

June 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Dr. Clayton Rugh’s “One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant” video presentation from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

We’ve known Clayton for years, and his company, Xero Flor America, has been a Sponsor advertiser of ours from the beginning.  Clayton is one of the coolest, funniest, and most laid back professor/researcher/greenroof expert types you’ll ever meet!  Maybe it’s the pony tail, I’m not sure, but we love him.

Below are Clayton, left, and Aramis, right, at the 2010 CitiesAlive  Conference  in Vancouver, B.C. at the Awards Lunch:

I was the one who suggested he talk about the Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant since I felt it was a great, ground breaking project which had received mixed reviews lately, and I wanted to offer him the opportunity to set the record straight.  In fact, we highlighted this 454,000 sf extensive greenroof for the month of June, 2008 in our inaugural  Greenroofs of the World™  12-Month Calendar.

And, we felt he did a great job on his video for the 2011 Virtual Summit – yet he was a bit unhappy with it, so he decided to re-shoot it for the release on   GreenroofsTV  and posterity – and it’s awesome!  The updated video presentation was recently (in early June 2012) re-filmed atop  Ford’s beautiful River Rouge Truck Plant and shows how thriving the very low greenroof profile is.

More info:

Clayton Rugh, PhD is Manager & Technical Director of Xero Flor America.  Dr. Rugh received his BS in Botany and Genetics and MS in Plant biology, both from The Ohio State University; and PhD from the University of Georgia.  Xero Flor America, LLC. (XFA) was formed concurrently with the 10.4 acre green roof installation on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant.  XFA was borne out of 30 years of technical development by its parent organization, Xero Flor International GmbH, and extensive German and U.S. university R&D to develop various green roof systems tailored to individual project design goals and regional North American climates.

Xero Flor pre-grown vegetated mats are installed on custom designed base layers as “instant” green roof systems, which are independent laboratory certified against weed encroachment, wind uplift, spread of fire, or surface erosion.  These features and more on the Dearborn Truck Plant and an additional 400+ Xero Flor green roof installations throughout North America since the initiation of the Ford – XFA – Michigan State University collaborative green roof research trials in 2001.

In 2001, the Ford Motor Company, Xero Flor America, LLC., and Michigan State University began collaborative green roof research trials resulting in the installation of the massive 10.4 acre green roof on Ford’s River Rouge Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Ford project held the record of “The World’s Largest Green Roof” for several years and has matured into a thriving, healthy, low profile vegetated roof which is being continually evaluated.

By the way, as testament to Clayton’s sense of “humor,” when I asked him to send me a photo of himself for the Virtual Summit Speakers page, this is what he sent me, at left:

So, although I was temped to use this lovely photo from 2011’s Durham, NC Zombie Crawl, I found another online (above) that I felt may have been just a tad more appropriate.

Enjoy!  Visit to see “One Decade of Ultralight Green Roof Proof-of-Concept on Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our  28th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – our next to the last!

~ Linda V.’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 4, 2012

May 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from May 4, 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 May 4, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

-Our project of the week is the Fichtebunker built in 2009, in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.  This 56 meter in diameter, nineteenth-century gasometer was made into an air-raid shelter in World War II and was then used as a shelter for the homeless refugees.  In 2006, the State of Berlin’s Real Property Fund sold the building to developers and two-story luxury condos were planned on top along with townhomes and a five-story apartment building on the land around the building.  Beginning in October 2007, 13 pie shaped family residences were built with curved walls and private gardens offering beautiful views over the city

The individual apartments are accessible through a landscaped community courtyard with a fountain, bamboo troughs, and an extensive greenroof.  Each house has its own roof garden with a size of 70 to 100 square meters.  The ZinCo System build-up “Heather with Lavender,” with the Floradrain ® FD 40 drainage element as a base, provides a permanently functioning lawn with planting areas and hard surfaces.  Also, the roof of the new flats received an extensive greenroof as well as the underground parking and the roof of the new building with 12 apartments next door.

-To learn more about the Fichtebunker,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

–  Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 21: “Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World,” by Jörg Breuning.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

–  Guest Feature Article

And read our latest guest feature article, “You’re Invited to Hangzhou, China for the 2012 World Green Roof Congress,” by Xianmin Wang, Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference.

The eNewsletter

-If you haven’t checked it out already, our April 2012 eNewsletter is now available!  So get caught up with everything that happened here at last month.  Sign up on the Homepage.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Alumasc Chosen for Kidbrooke Regeneration.

Eco-Roofs Helps Butler University Students Complete First Campus Green Roof Installation Atop Pharmacy College Building.

Tremco Headquarters Renovation Receives Ohio Chemistry Technology Council Award.


–  Xero Flor America Green Roofs is currently hiring 3 Sales Professionals in regional US markets.

-Sika Sarnafil USA is looking for an Inside Sales Representative in Canton, Massachusetts.

Industry News

–  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2012 Annual Industry Survey of Corporate Members.  President of GRHC and GRP, Steven Peck said, “The green roof industry grew by 115% over the course of 2011, up significantly from 28.5% growth in 2010.  This great news comes on the eve of the launch of: 10th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference.”

-Speaking of CitiesAlive 2012, this year it will be held once again in Chicago, the site of their first Green Roof and Wall Conference.  Hurry to register for the Early Bird Discount rate by May 15! Visit for more info.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 21: Green Roof Technology Sails Around the World,” and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: April 27, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

-May 9th-10th: is the Greenbuild EXPO Sustainable Refurbishment & Building Event, in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (@GreenbuildExpo #greenbuildexpo)

-May 9th-11th: is Greenbuilding – International Exhibition & Conference on Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Architecture, in Verona, Italy.  (@GreenbuildingIT)

-And May 9th-12th: is The New World – The 20th Congress for the New Urbanism, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

– “In the News“

-Wayne Roberts of NOW Magazine, talks about “Hitting the green roof.”  He says a “crucial vote will decide if the city is serious about its greenroof policy.”  Toronto’s Green Roof Bylaw was passed in 2009, and requires green roofs on new commercial, institutional and residential developments with a minimum gross floor area of 2,000 square meters.  The issue is whether schools can be exempted from this bylaw.

The city’s chief planner recommended that the Planning and Growth Management Committee exempt public and Catholic school boards from the bylaw, saying that painting them white would reduce the heat stored on roofs and that those schools could store rainwater and offer green space on other parts of their property.  Another member of the Planning Committee opposed the school board’s attempt to sidestep their eco responsibility saying, “We expect them to be built smarter than before, and they  shouldn’t  get a pass on this.”  The city will save money in the long term, since greenroofs manage stormwater, reduce roof maintenance, lower energy bills, and help the environment among other benefits.  Schools also have the added advantage of turning their greenroofs into outdoor classrooms and teaching future generations about green infrastructure and how it enhances our lives.

-Mireya Navarro of the New York Times Blog has a “Q&A: [about] Greening the City’s Zoning Rules.”  She says, “Changes in New York City’s zoning code are expected to encourage the installation of rooftop gardens.”  This week the New York City Council unanimously approved a package of zoning changes that make it easier for property owners to undertake energy efficiency upgrades and even produce their own solar and wind power; and developers will also have more freedom to incorporate green elements into their building designs.  She asks questions like how many owners of the city’s million or so existing buildings are willing to foot the upfront costs to save energy in the longer term?  And how will things change for architects and developers once the zoning rules are relaxed?

For answers to these and other questions, she asked Howard Slatkin, director of sustainability for New York’s Department of City Planning, and Paul Freitag, the director of development in New York for the Jonathan Rose Companies.  Mr. Slatkin said they worked closely with architects, engineers, developers and other experts to identify the zoning obstacles to building or retrofitting green buildings.  Mr. Freitag says that one green element that seems to be growing in popularity is the use of greenroofs.  People in the industry are recognizing the many benefits of green roofs, like improved insulation, reduction of the heat island effect, stormwater management and food production; not to mention that green roofs are basically gardens with fantastic views.  You can go to the full article to read of all their answers to the New York Times’ questions.

– 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 and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything 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 May 4, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

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Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.