654 Manida Brownstone
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Day One of the Brownstone Greenroof; Sustainable South BronxProject Name: 654 Manida Brownstone
Year: 2007
Owner: Private
Location: South Bronx, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 1000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Sustainable South Bronx

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Design/Build: SmartRoofs, LLC
Design Consultant: Sustainable South Bronx
Site Supervision, Consultation for Smart Roof LLC: J?rg Breuning, Green Roof Service LLC
All photos are on Day One, by James Burling Chase of Sustainable South BronxPhotos Courtesy Sustainable South BronxAll photos are on Day One, by James Burling Chase
Sustainable South Bronx has charted another first for NYC: bringing green roofing to the most ubiquitous of City buildings, the single lot residential brownstone. Working with our good friends at Green Roof Service, LLC, our subsidiary SmartRoofs, LLC, employs graduates of our Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program to bring jobs and environmental equity to the nation's poorest congressional district.Day one of planting took place on October 5, 2007, installed and maintained by well-trained members of the local community.
The cameraman pictured here is creating images for the Sundance Channel's show (co-hosted by  SSBx's Majora Carter) Big Ideas For a Small Planet.  Courtesy Sustainable South Bronx.Although some people may think of green roofs as a novelty; a new generation of urban residents will take them as a matter of course. This young man lives directly underneath the green roof in the back ground.
SmartRoofs, LLC says, "Depending on the site conditions, we use various methods to get the goods up top. Often times a crane or blower is used - at great expense. Especially when dealing with roofs under 2500 square feet, it is cheaper, easier, and produces more jobs when we use this simple ladder hoist-winch system." See the thumbnail photos below and visit their website.

Additional thumbnail photos:

Installing the waterproofing membranes. Courtesy Sustainable South BronxGetting the growing media up there!All photos are on Day One, by James Burling Chase; Careful coordination and team work are key!Laying out the drainage mats; Courtesy Sustainable South Bronx.Spreading the growing media.  All photos are on Day One, by James Burling Chase of Sustainable South Bronx
For more information about these organizations, please visit their websites: Sustainable South Bronx and SmartRoofs, LLC; see many project installation photos here. Learn about Green Roof Service in The Greenroof Directory.
 
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