The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database has been up and open to the world since 2004, evolving from the “International and North American Case Studies” portion of my initial 1999 independent research study “Greenroof Technology: A Viable Roofing Alternative” that was the basis for Greenroofs.com. The initial 30 or so profiles have grown to over a thousand, and we feel sharing these is an important learning experience for us all.
Our Project of the Week feature started in March, 2006 when we selected the profile of Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center (PEEC), above, submitted by Peter MacDonagh of The Kestrel Design Group. The idea stemmed from the notion that a weekly highlight showcasing very different living roofs would stimulate interest in both the industry at large and our Projects Database – which it has! Since then we’ve shown about 190 vegetated roofs and in 2008 we displayed our first Greenwall Project of the Week, Anthropologies, below, submitted by George Irwin of Green Living Technologies.
I often get asked, how do I pick each greenroof/wall case study out of and over so many other profiles? The answer is actually very simple – at its core, I’m basically choosing completed profiles. That means all the fields are completed, there is a lot of descriptive text, and all 11 of the photos/graphics are there. The emotionally and physically attractive, sexy part about living architecture is the living part – the planting design – and people want to see photos!
After the aesthetics of the profile itself, I try and alternate U.S. and international projects, although it doesn’t always come out that way. My goal is to show different types (extensive, intensive) and various applications, too (research, municipal, multi/single-family residential, commercial, educational) along with system types (conventional built-in place, modular, custom).
So if you’d like your company or organization’s project highlighted, check to see if we at least have an initial case study up, if not, send one in either by filling out the easy online form here, or by sending us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If we do have your project listed, review it and send us any edits or additions along with updated graphics and/or photos (each profile can hold up to 11).
When possible, I’ll highlight a project that has something going on that week or month, for example I like to select profiles whose city is having a conference at the moment, or as in the case of this week’s project, a Green Building Tour this Sunday:
Our current Greenroof Project of the Week features the Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors™ Center and Museum in Lithia Springs, GA. Set within a 2,500-acre conservation area, this beautiful LEED Platinum certified building was the first to achieve this rating in the southeastern United States. (Click on the project title to see who was involved in this very green building.) And if you’re in the area, you can join a Green Building Tour of the Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors™ Center and Museum this upcoming Sunday, February 14, 2010 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM and learn about sustainability, green buildings and what makes this one so special for just $5 plus $5 parking; for more info call: 770-732-5871.
The Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week feature on Greenroofs.com is a great way to have readers – researchers, students, media, and potential clients – see what’s been done, where, how, and by whom. You’ll always find a new one on the Home Page every Sunday afternoon – just click on either the photo itself or the “Where in the Greenroof World?” hyperlink below to learn all about each unique greenroof or greenwall.
~ Linda V.