The Point Community Development Corporation in New York City Installs a Green Roof with the Xero Flor Green Roof System from Xero Flor America (XFA)
New South Bronx Community Green Roof Can Prevent More than 150,000 Gallons of Stormwater Runoff Annually
New York, N.Y. and Durham, N.C. — (June 21, 2013) — Xero Flor America (XFA) announced the selection of the Xero Flor Green Roof System for a new 7,350-square-foot green roof installed atop the main facility of The Point Community Development Corporation. Xero Flor America (XFA), Durham, N.C., is the official and exclusive distributor in the U.S. of the Xero Flor Green Roof System. The Point Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that promotes the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx in New York, N.Y.
The project, which included repair of the structural roof and a new waterproof roof membrane as well as the green roof, was supported with funding from the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“The green roof symbolizes our commitment to sustainability and our dedication to improving the environment of the community,” said Maria Torres, president and chief executive officer, The Point Community Development Corporation. “Our green roof project includes a special section that serves as an outdoor classroom for environmental education.”
“The green roof will have important environmental benefits for the community,” said Clayton Rugh, Ph.D., general manager and technical director, Xero Flor America (XFA). “With the area’s average annual rainfall of about 45-50 inches, the Xero Flor option installed at The Point will reduce stormwater runoff by more than 150,000 gallons annually. That will help alleviate flooding in The Point’s courtyard and improve water quality in the Bronx River.”
“We recommended the Xero Flor Green Roof System because it is lightweight, simple to install, and easy to maintain. With Xero Flor, sections of the green roof can be rolled back, if necessary, to access the structural roof for inspection or repair,” said Amy Falder, partner, New York Green Roofs, LLC, the local green roof service firm that designed and installed the green roof at The Point. “We have used the system in previous projects and were confident in its performance.”
For the main 7,350-square-foot extensive green roof, New York Green Roofs recommended and installed the Xero Flor XF301+2FL system option, which is 2.5 inches in depth and weighs only 10-11 pounds per square foot when fully saturated with rainwater. Minimizing the weight of the green roof was a key consideration in project planning. New York Green Roofs also designed and installed a 650-square-foot customized semi-intensive green roof (4-6 inches deep) on a separate roof section over a lower addition on the building. It will be used for The Point’s outdoor environmental classroom.
The Point Community Development Corporation is planning to hold a community celebration to showcase the green roof. Details will be announced in July.
About The Point Community Development Corporation
The Point Community Development Corporation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx in New York, N.Y. Since its founding in 1994, The Point has worked with local residents to strengthen the local neighborhood and celebrate the life and art of the community. The organization offers a multi-faceted approach to asset-based community development. Programs in Youth Development, Arts and Culture, and Community Development all aim toward the comprehensive renewal of Hunts Point. For more information, www.thepoint.org.
About New York Green Roofs, LLC
As a full-service green roof firm, New York Green Roofs, LLC provides consultation, design assistance, project management, installation, and maintenance services. New York Green Roofs aspires to redefine the skyline into a more livable, efficient and sustainable part of the city. The company is dedicated to implementing green roofs as sustainable strategies for storm water BMPs, energy efficiency, and urban heat island mitigation. New York Green Roofs collaboratively designs, installs and maintains some of the city’s most high-profile green roofs. For more information, www.newyorkgreenroofs.com.
About Xero Flor America (XFA)
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Durham, N.C., Xero Flor America (XFA) stands at the forefront of the North American green roof industry. XFA is the official and exclusive distributor in the U.S. for the Xero Flor Green Roof System. Regionally grown on local, independent farms and 100 percent American made, the Xero Flor system utilizes advanced, lightweight, pre-vegetated mat technology. Engineered in Germany and refined over more than 40 years of ongoing R&D, Xero Flor has been proven successful and sustainable in tens of thousands of installations flourishing worldwide and covering hundreds of millions of square feet. No green roof system in the U.S. offers more validation based on independent scientific research than Xero Flor (www.xeroflora.com).