Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: October 7, 2011

October 10, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from October 7th, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for October 7th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV. We’ve been so extremely busy with our inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011, that we haven’t been able to have a This Week in Review for a few weeks, so allow me to catch you up with what’s been going on here at Greenroofs.com.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is Harvard Graduate Student Housing at 29 Garden Street built in 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The former police station from the 1920s was renovated in 2003 with the greenroof installed the following year.  The six-story complex has 75 apartments for the graduate students and “the garden courtyard provides a beautiful outdoor amenity space for residents and has made this housing building one of the most popular places to live on campus.”  The American Hydrotech project profile states, “The once unsightly rooftop is now a 10,000 square foot Garden Roof ® providing pleasing views and helping to add a sense of place and community for the graduate student residents there.  The Garden Roof will significantly increase the life expectancy of the roof and is also helping to control stormwater runoff.”  The rooftop plantings include a mix of succulents, sedums and delosperma, drought tolerant varieties that are perfect for Boston temperatures.

– To learn more about the Harvard Graduate Student Housing at 29 Garden Street, click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.  Also, to learn about our projects of the week for the past few weeks, you can go to the Sky Gardens Blog and read Linda’s posts about each one.  Or, go to our Projects Database and search project ID number “825” for the World Expo Zaragoza 2008/Zentro Expo Zaragoza greenroof from ZinCo, project ID number “553” for the Musée du quai Branly green wall by Patrick Blanc, and project ID number “996” for the Casa Feliz Studios greenroof from Tremco.

What’s New“

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  Industry News

–  According to Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the City of Toronto’s award winning Green Roof Bylaw has already resulted in more than 1.2 million square feet of new green space planned on new commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential developments across the City.

– Smart Growth America – Through a grant from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, Smart Growth America is pleased to offer free technical assistance to help communities implement smart growth strategies to build stronger economies while protecting human health and the environment.

– American Rivers – Want to create 1.9 million American jobs and add $265 billion to the economy? Upgrade our water infrastructure. That’s the message of Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment, a report by Green For All, in partnership with American Rivers, Pacific Institute, and the Economic Policy Institute. The report looks at an investment of $188.4 billion in water infrastructure””the amount the EPA indicates would be required to manage stormwater and preserve water quality. That investment would inject a quarter of a trillion dollars into the economy, create nearly 1.3 million direct and indirect jobs and result in 568,000 additional jobs from increased spending.

–    Joblinks:  C. M. Hobbs has a job opening for a Grower/Plant Propagator on the west side of Indianapolis, IN, USA.

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenbuild and Greenroofs in Toronto!,” our GPWs for the last few weeks, “Thank You to Our Sponsors and the Winner of the 2nd iPad2 at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 is…,” along with other Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 related posts, “Notre Voyage Fantastique: Chicago & Patrick Blanc“ by Linda and Caroline Menetre, “Remembering and Rebuilding: Ten Years After 9/11,” and “Greenroofs.com’s This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: September 9, 2011.”

– “Upcoming Events“

Until October 28th: All of the content from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design is still very much live, so you can access it all on demand and tell your friends and colleagues to continue to register!  You can even continue to chat live while in the virtual environment via video, audio, or text through October 28!

– October 1st-23rd: Leverage – Strengthening Neighborhoods through Design Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA.

–  Check out our homepage for more Upcoming Events!

– “In the News“

–  Roberta Cruger of Treehugger reports on “The 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Focus on Sustainable Design.” She says “From a green roof to locally harvested trees, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum opens on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center with a dedication and much media coverage of every angle, including Steven Spielberg’s The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.” A grove of more than 400 swamp white oak trees, all harvested from within a 500-mile radius of the World Trade Center, on the Plaza act as a beautiful green roof for the 9/11 Memorial museum, the train station and other facilities 70-feet below street level. These trees are meant to represent the renewal of life in their natural cycles. The irrigation system includes stormwater capture in underground storage tanks to save energy and resources and the site is seeking LEED gold certification.

– The San Francisco Chronicle announces that “Academy of Sciences [is] honored with another green building award.” The say “everyone’s favorite combination of aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum has received a second Platinum rating from the council’s LEED program.” And this one’s for operations and maintenance. The extensive vegetation on the living roof consists almost entirely of natural species and the glass walls allow views from 98% of occupied spaces. Also, they use 100% recycled paper in all its printers and they are all Energy Star-rated.

– Caroline McMillan of the Charlotte Observer talks about “Green roof sprouts up in the suburbs.” LEED-accredited architect, Rebecca Fant and her mechanical engineer husband, John Alday, have recently installed their very own greenroof. Their porch roof was in need of restoration, so they decided to go green with the help of LiveRoof ® vegetation. They aren’t reaping the full benefits of greenroofs like managing stormwater runoff, keeping their house warm in the winter and cool in the summer yet because their greenroof is just over their porch but Fant says, “it’s a little teaser for what we’re trying to do inside the house, as we renovate and improve the energy efficiency and other environmental features.”

– 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 green wall 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 October 7th,  2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez 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.

GPW: World Expo Zaragoza 2008/Zentro Expo Zaragoza

September 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/12/11
World Expo Zaragoza 2008/Zentro Expo Zaragoza  
Zaragoza, Spain
765,000  sf. Greenroof

Year: 2008
Owner: Expo Zaragoza Empresarial, previously  Expoagua Zaragoza 2008 S.A.
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 765,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1-5%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project Description & Details

The theme of the World Expo Zaragoza 2008 was “Water and Sustainable Development” and architects and designers from around the world were called to build forward-thinking structures for the 57-acre site. Massive greenroof areas covering the 765,000 square feet of the elevated structures also included photovoltaics.

Only 11.172 sq meters out of the total surface were viable for pedestrian use due to structural requirements and building time restrictions, so a ZinCo system with a 25 cm thick light substrate growing medium was used. The 754,000 sf “Pabellones de las Naciones,” or Pavilions of the Nations, displays various types of water distribution found in nature as you meander through lush landscaped areas of pathways, seating areas and a constructed river. The 11,000 sf roof of “Aguas Compartidas,” or Shared Water Pavilion No. 6, has varying slopes up to 18 degrees. Its design intent was to show the potential for fair distribution of water across the region; rainwater was collected and used for irrigation of the beautiful perennial gardens.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Greenroof System: ZinCo
Botanist and  Landscape Architect: Projects Department: Carlos Ávila Calzada, Expo Zaragoza 2008
Pavilions of the Nations Greenroof Provider: Central VICOM
Pavilions of the Nations Greenroof Construction: Aimad, S.L.
Aguas Compartidas Greenroof Provider: Massoni, SL
Aguas Compartidas Roof Construction: VALLIMPER, SL

Additional Info

Located on the banks of the Ebro River, careful site design and sensitive construction practices were essential to maintaining its essential physical,  social and environmental characteristics .

In reference to selecting an appropriate greenroof system to cover the huge expanse, and do so  beautifully  and well, Carlos Avila Calzada, Head of the Landscape Department for the Expo Zaragoza 2008 said:

“Regarding the green roof structure it was decided to choose a ZinCo system with a 25 cm thick topsoil layer, formed by a light substrate. When designing the green roof we set three main objectives: choosing a design that would provide a global idea of all the pavilions’ roofs, creating a green structure which would show a vivid contrast between a neutral background and large colourful areas and incorporating the photovoltaic panels in the design. The walking area has different characteristics as there are wooden paths and spaces for the visitors to sit down and enjoy the view over the exhibition site or the rest of the city. These areas, equipped with furniture and lighting, resemble those of public use in cities more than a green roof.”

105 countries were represented here with an extensive cultural program. Concentrated on the future of water, the event ran for 93 day and experienced long waits for many of the pavilions, but despite that visitor numbers were lower than forecast at 5.5 million instead of 6.5 million.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia attended the closing ceremony, and according to TypicallySpanish.com, the King said such events “encouraged us to take on new projects together, and served to unite and build an always better Spain.”  Spain commissioned a special stamp  commemorating  the Expo:

Once concluded on September 14, 2008, the  World Expo Zaragoza 2008 was redeveloped and revitalized by new owners  Expo Zaragoza Empresarial and renamed Zentro Expo Zaragoza – the new activity, entertainment, and economic center for the city – and opened again to the public on January 20, 2011.

Dismantling of the pavilions and thematic spaces resulted in the creation of the state-owned (Government of Aragon) Ebro River park.  The mission states that they are “socially and environmentally committed to the future challenges of Zaragoza.”

“El meandro de Ranillas” is the largest open area with natural greenspace for the people of Zaragoza  and its surroundings.  More than 120 acres of recreated nature and outdoor activities now include the Water Park -120 acres of nature and outdoor activities with a whitewater channel and the first artificial beaches in Spain –  and a variety of commercial and service facilities.  The “Ranillas Meander” is a space that attracts audiences of all ages and is very family oriented.

This complex of over 77,000 m2 of offices creates a unique environment of office space called Dinamiza (Boost) Business Park.  And Fluvia is an exclusive enclave of only 18 commercial stores offered here with more than 19,000 m2 of space.  An estimated 1,500 visitors each day are offered a wide variety of entertainment options including cinemas, shops, a gym, over 15 restaurants, bars and cafes with outdoor terraces – all overlooking the river Ebro.

Also present on site of the former  World Expo Zaragoza 2008  is the new Institute of Climate Change which intends to be a unique platform for the meeting of the Spanish scientific community and international participants to implement innovative and cutting edge research on a global level, making Zaragoza a role model for their commitment to the environment:

To all accounts, the greenroofs have fared well and will, no doubt, continue to provide a lovely cooling respite to inhabitants of Zaragoza and international visitors alike.

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!  Click  here to see more information about this project in  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database. See how you can submit yours  here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com”™s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: July 15, 2011

July 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on  Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here’s the transcript from July 15, 2011 from our daughter, Anjuli –  click on the photo below to see the video, or here.   Enjoy!

–   Hello, I’m Anjuli Velazquez and welcome to This Week in Review for this week, July 15th 2011 on  GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

–   Our project of the week is Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishop Square built in 2005 in London, England, United Kingdom. The new headquarters features a series of green tiers, with roof gardens overlooking the plaza below. The building was commissioned by Allen & Overy to satisfy the needs of a modern international law firm with strong environmental goals in mind. Completed in May of 2005, the area encompasses three landscaped greenroof terraces, and a fourth terrace is covered with photovoltaic cells to capture the sunlight and reduce the building’s energy output. These open green spaces on private terraces provide an area where their staff can relax and also help to reduce urban heating. Installed using a variety of Alumasc‘s specialist substrates, the greenroofs and roof gardens include sedum, cranberry bog, rock garden, heather and lavender. The company is the acknowledged UK market leader in living roofs, a specialist manufacturer of complete systems backed by a technical support service that is second to none. Also utilizing the ZinCo system, this building is just one of an enormous number of major projects throughout the country, offering as it does ecologically beneficial, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound green roof solutions.

– To learn more about Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishops Square,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage.

What’s New“

–   Well, it’s official!   We’ve issued our “Greenroofs.com is proud to announce the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design!“ press release around the globe and to our 9,600 opt-in eNewsletter subscribers.   You can download it from the Homepage, and see how you can join us as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor.   And we just launched our Virtual Summit website – just click on the Virtual Summit banner on the Greenroofs.com’s Homepage or following the link below:

http://www.greenroofs.com/virtualsummit/virtualsummit.htm.

Come here often as we update it with How-To Navigate videos, new Sponsor/Exhibitor company names and of course, the finalized Agenda.  And, Pre-Registration opens on July 20 – Pre-Register and Participate for a chance to win 2 iPad2s!

–   Check out Linda’s latest Sky Gardens Blog posts, Greenroofs.com’s “TWIR” for July 8th, 2011 and our GPW.

–   “Upcoming Events“

–   July 16th: there is a Green Living Technologies (GLTi) Green Wall Seminar in Ottawa, Canada.

–   July 18th-23rd: is the 2011 Perennial Plant Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.

–   And make plans now for our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design conference and expo –  coming up next month, August 23rd & 24th online around the world! Remember, pre-registration opens July 20th!

–   “In the News“

–   Kathy Jentz of the SilverSpringPatch says “Green Roof Keeps United Therapeutics Cool.” Avi Halpert, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at United Therapeutics called the greenroof their “little oasis” on top of their new headquarters building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Full of flowers, grasses, and lush foliage, the planting beds on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors of the building are full of movement and life. The National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council selected the United Therapeutics building as the recipient of its 2010 Award of Excellence for new Building Design and Construction. The Schick Goldstein Architect designed project was also awarded LEED Gold. The second building in the United Therapeutics headquarters complex is under construction currently, and will also have a green roof system along with other stormwater mitigation projects including a self-contained street tree box system. Across Spring Street, a playground and area is being designed to include a children’s garden for the new employee daycare.

–   Jessica Tasman-Jones of Auckland Stuff.co.nz talks about how “Support grows for city rooftop garden.” She says that “green-fingered Aucklanders are championing a plan to turn part of an inner-city carpark into a community garden” and the plans are “rapidly gaining support.” According to the Karangahape Garden Facebook page which was set up last week to see what the public interest is like for creating a garden on the upper deck of the carpark, it now has over 1,000 fans. Residents believe Auckland has poor urban planning, especially for residential housing, and people are yearning for a connection to nature that the city is lacking. A community meeting will be held in a few weeks to discuss this “green” idea and you can find the Karangahape Garden Facebook page to be a part of this movement.

–   To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our  In the News or  newslinks section of our website.

–   Have something you think we should know about and post on our website?   You can send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com.

–   Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at  Greenroofs.com by subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube, following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook and being a member of our network on  LinkedIn.

–  This has been This Week in Review for July 15th, 2011 on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velazquez 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.

GPW: Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishops Square

July 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/11/11
Allen & Overy LLP HQ, Bishops Square
London, England, UK
58,125 sf. Greenroof

Year: 2005
Owner: Allen & Overy
Location: London, England, UK
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 58,125  sq.ft.  
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project Description & Details

The new headquarters for Allen &  Overy steps back from Bishops Square in a series of green tiers, with roof gardens overlooking the plaza below. The building was commissioned by Allen & Overy to meet the needs of a modern international law firm with strong environmental objectives in mind, serving both retail and office use. Located in the historically sensitive area of Spitalfields, it completes the regeneration programme of this important neighbourhood bridging the City and the East End.

The headquarters encompasses three landscaped greenroof terraces, and a fourth terrace is covered with photovoltaic cells to capture the power of the sun and reduce the energy take of the building. These open green spaces on private terraces provide an area where staff can relax and also help to reduce urban heating. Alumasc ZinCo green roof components were used as part of the key specifications, including FD 40 Floradrain ® water storage and drainage board as well as specialist substrates which support a large number of grasses, shrubs, and flowering perennials including turf, lavender, heather, iris, sedum, and boxwood.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Project Architect: Foster + Partners
Developer: Hammerson Plc, Corporation of London
Planning Authority: Tower Hamlets
Landscape Architect/Sub Consultant: Townshend Landscape Architects
Contractor: Willerby Landscapes
Greenroof Supplier: Alumasc Exterior Building Products
Greenroof System: ZinCo
Waterproofing: Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing


Additional Info

Commencing construction in 2001, the the state-of-the-art building was designed and built specifically for Allen & Overy by leading architects Foster+Partners and  was  finished in 2005.  Their driver for the greenroofs was twofold: they wanted to improve the biodiversity of this highly built up area of London and also wanted to create an outdoor garden type of area for staff to have their lunch, hold meetings and use for client events.

“Bishops Square development provides a major new public space for London larger than the Piazza at Covent Garden. It completes the regeneration programme of this historically important neighbourhood bridging the City and the East End.  Comprising 4 acres of landscaped civic space, a new covered market area, 40,000 sq ft of retail space and 774,000 sq ft of high spec offices, the scheme extends the original wholesale fruit and vegetable market to create a new urban destination with an eclectic mix of offices, residential buildings, shops and a network of pedestrian routes and plazas.” ~  Foster+Partners case study

Foster+Partners also says that the building incorporates the largest commercial photovoltaic installation in Europe and will produce enough energy to power the landscape lighting across the site – I don’t know if this fact still holds true, but it does have a large and rather impressive solar array.  The main roof has about 580m2 photovoltaic cells generating around 50,000kWh per year and the Allen & Overy’s website says the solar array saves 23 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“We are proud to have been awarded a rating of ‘Very Good’ by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the world’s leading system for assessing the range of environmental aspects associated with buildings. ” ~  Allen & Overy’s website

The Allen & Overy HQ greenroof  is not only ecologically sensitive, but designed in an elegantly linear fashion.  The private terraces are used often, not only by the employees but also to entertain special gatherings.  Their office brochure states “One of the best features of Bishops Square is the ability to hold barbecues in the summer or evening drinks on the terrace.”

In fact, the  prestigious  offices of Allen & Overy has hosted both the 2010 and 2008 World Green Roof Congresses.  Aramis and I were lucky to have attended the 2008 World Green Roof Congress here put on by Dusty Gedge of Livingroofs.org and CIRIA, with support from the European Federation of Green Buildings, so we can attest to the beauty of the spaces and the hospitality of the greenspace; the views were pretty spectacular, too!  You can read a little about it here.

The open space is extremely inviting: built in benches provide comfortable seating, tall grasses sway gracefully in the wind here and the flowering perennials provide color and structure throughout the seasons.  Granted the bright green grass needs higher maintenance than the other plants, but it does provide nice contrast and the turf is used by many.

The reflective windows of the building present an ever changing London cityscape scenery to visitors – I took this photo in September, 2008 where you can see the iconic Swiss Re Headquarters at 30 St Mary Axe, popularly known as the Gherkin, also designed by Foster+Partners:

The Allen & Overy HQ greenroof offers something that many extensive living roofs unfortunately do not – highly valuable and sought after  amenity  space.  Structural issues aside, it would be awesome if we could have more intensive greenroofs out there to not only provide a cool respite to our animal friends but also to help sooth the human beast in all of us after a long hard day at work!

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!  Click  here to see more information about this project in  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  See how you can submit yours  here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.