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Green Roof of the Year 2014 – 30 Years and Counting
The second oldest Green Roof Association* in the world, FBB (Fachvereinigung für Bauwerksbegrünung), awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30 year old Green Roof on the Allianz Insurance Company in Stuttgart, Germany. Oldest Green Roof Association DDV (Deutscher Dachgärtner Verband).
The roof is one of the first projects where Jörg Breuning, CEO at Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology was substantially involved in the realization. Allianz Insurance Company decided in 1981 to build their local headquarters in the heart of Stuttgart. At that time the office building was already a big step forward for urban development in many regards. Along with very advanced, environmentally friendly technologies it was also one of the first buildings to achieve the split between living green working space and luxurious living in downtown of a large City.
The Green Roof is generally assembled around the building and on different levels. Most people in the offices have a view into the green spaces. Some areas of the Green Roof are accessible for coffee breaks and, on the highest floors there is usable garden space for the Condominium owners. The top floor even offers extensive lawn areas as playgrounds for kids.
All Green Roofs together measure over 21,000 sf. This inner city oasis utilized an advanced Optigreen Green Roof Systems with fully automatic high tide and low tide irrigation system in the mineral drainage layer. The plants “decide” when they need irrigation; no drop of water is wasted or can evaporate before reaching a plant. Neither a person nor electricity is needed to operate this fully mechanical system and it leaves enough room for precipitation to fill up the water storage under the plants. This green roof represents a smart combination of Blue Roof and Green Roof as Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology is still doing it on projects today. It is a foremost and 100% accurate irrigation system far beyond most irrigation systems that are operated by sensors, electricity, Apps, tubes, pipes or other highly vulnerable and expensive equipment we see every day on projects in North America or around the world.
The entire depth of this highly efficient Green Roof technology is approximately 18 inch and has allowed lawn, perennials, shrubs and small trees to grow for over 30 year without replacement or changing out the growing media.
Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology is proud of this Award and we are pleased to offer more information about it. We offer Green Roof tours for anyone interested in this kind of technology.
This has been a landmark project for more than 3 decades and we congratulate all who are part of this Award!
*Note: Oldest Green Roof Association in the world: DDV (Deutscher Dachgärtner Verband).
Picture 2013 Optigreen
American Society of Landscape Architects is holding their annual meeting and expo this year in Boston from November 15th until the 18th.
On Monday, Nov. 18th at 8:00 am, Jorg Breuning and Rob Tilson will hold an education session titled "Solar Panels and Green Roofs Fully Integrated - The Smart Future Development."
The collaborative presentation between Green Roof Technology and Tilson Group will showcase two of the leaders in the green roof industry pushing the boundaries of their field.
The benefits of combining green roofs with solar panels is well documented. The two technologies have been used together for many years, beginning in Germany nearly 30 years ago when both technologies were only first being developed.
Over the decades both technologies have advanced greatly. Today, fully integrated green roofs with solar panel systems, known as Solar Garden Roofs, have been developed that maximize the two technology's beneficial synergistic effects.
The Learning Objectives of Jorg and Rob's discussion are as followed:
In 1992 Jörg Breuning, Green Roof Service LLC and Thomas Heuman, Heuman Gartenanlagen provided consulting services to Hundertwasser's architects, Springmann and Associates. It was quite an effort the contemporary artist and the City of Plochingen to develop an entire block of the city's historical district. This city has been around since the year 1146.
From the outside the historical buildings still remain the same and all facing to an intensive greenroof courtyard in the back. This courtyard and the backside of the buildings received an artists' distinguished signature in 1993. Efficient and gorgeous, the entire courtyard resides on a two story parking garage and grocery store, meanwhile the lush green environment above creates a different feeling. Hundreds of various plants decorate the landscape with paving materials snaking their way through to make perfect paths. The sloped roofs facing the courtyard are also fully or partially greened. Approximately fifty green roofs occupy the colorful, wavy historical buildings.
This particular construction of modern green roof technology underlines the artist's inspirations as well as supports diverse vegetation. The structure is a magnet to tourists and a true landmark of the region for over twenty years and well worth a visit!
Yesterday morning, Jorg Breuning spoke at the Sustainable Green Trends Workshop at Holiday Inn Midtown, NYC.
Jorg, along with William Foley of Tremco Inc., presented a 4-hour lecture titled "Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Green Roof System for Sustainable Projects."
The presentation explored the many ways green roofs can help develop sustainable design solutions. Listeners learned how green roofs aid in stormwater management and the compelling reasons to design and implement green roofs in all types of construction environments. Practical advice, plant selection, the history, and proper detailing of a green roof were covered as well.
By: Samantha Yurek
With a growing number of green roofs appearing, the city of Baltimore is slowly climbing up the green ladder. I wanted to take some time to highlight a few green roofs located right in our neighborhood. In a dense urban setting, green roofs can play a huge role in sustainability efforts because of their ability to mitigate storm water during large rain events. Urban watersheds are especially vulnerable to environmental issues consequence of a high density of people mixed with large amounts of impervious surface area.
Created to aid the aquarium's conservation efforts, the extensive green roof atop the National Aquarium in Baltimore stretched for 4,000 square feet. Built in 2005 by the Furbish Company, the flourishing roof has been a pleasant addition to the inner harbor.
2. Hilton Hotel
The largest of them all, at 32,000 square feet would be located on the Hilton Hotel, installed by the Furbish Company in 2008. Adjacent to the Baltimore Convention Center and Camden Yards, the hotel has 757 rooms available. The green roofs reside on both the east and west wings of the building and create additional outdoor green space for citizens to enjoy.
3. Baltimore Convention Center
The Baltimore Convention Center followed in 2010, with the Barrett Company working to install a 15,000 square foot green roof. Doubling as a recreational area, this roof has been transformed into a green oasis in the heart of an urban space.
Also in 2010, Mercy Medical Center stepped up and installed three green rooftops to assist with patient health. With 17,500 square feet, these intensive green roofs are also viewed from many of the patient's windows. This project was completed with the help of Mahan Rykiel Associates.
An increase in green space in Baltimore is a fantastic step toward a more sustainable city. Keep up the good work Baltimore!
By: Samantha Yurek
Photo Credit: Flickr - Sidstamm
I am pleased to inform you that Green Roof Technology will be moving to a new location. On the corner of Roland Avenue and 37th Street in the heart of Hampden. We have acquired more space and a delightful location!
We will be relocating June 1st. Please feel free to stop by and check out the new place! Our phone and fax numbers will remain the same.
3646 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
By: Jörg Breuning
Information spreads like wildfire in today's world; between the internet and numerous social media sites. It has become extremely easy to access relevant information anytime, anywhere. This is a fantastic technological advancement, with one weakness. Anyone can "publish" anything.
Since the internet makes everything very easy to spread any kind of information around the globe in seconds, it seems that the quality of information provided to the public dropped at accordingly the same speed as it's distribution. Some people jump to conclusions; they are quick to talk and other are quick to responds via text and in most cases these are not the same people. I get the impression that one group is too lazy to write and the other group too lazy to think. They have a desperate need for attention - I like to call it Recognition Deficit or RD for short, which unfortunately results in misleading and false information to the reader. Many people in the audience often find it necessary to then add their own opinions and re-post the article, making things even worse.
An excellent example of RD was recently posted in the American Scientific. I believe this certainly affected their reputation in the scientific world and hopefully leads to better supervision of the people who have permission to post. Their article was copied and pasted onto numerous other websites, regardless of the comments left on the original page. In this instance, RD wasn't the only symptom, a combination of ignorance and laziness was also thrown into the mix.
Modern green roof technology is a well-established technology around the world. If some researchers think that there is room for improvements, they should consider previous research from around the world in addition to what might be sacrificed along the way. Focusing on one aspect of the issue won't work in a complex ecosystem. There are no defining traits of complex ecosystems, where Mother Nature undergoes consistent changes. Having a tunnel view sometimes helps, however we can't afford to lose the bird's-eye perspective of the decades of experience and hands-on professionals.
To all the skeptics out there, let's make a long story short:
Green Roofs do work, but many people don't!
Green Roofs & Walls of the World - Virtual Summit 2013 is striving to inform, share and create a global social media experience for learning and networking around green roofs and living walls.
Immediately after Green Roof Technology's video, a 15 minute live Q&A will take place with Jörg and Ryan. The video will touch on the benefits of a solar green roof, cost-benefit analysis, two interviews with the president of Solar Gaines, Hans Wittich and Artie Rollins, the assistant commissioner for city-wide services with the NYC Parks & Rec Building, along with much more.
If you're interested, tune into the video and Q&A session, you may register on the Summit Website.