By Andrew Yanders
Photo By Kat Harrold - Featuring Jorg Breuning (left) and Andrew Yanders (right) at ABC Carpet and Home
In 2010, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), in partnership with the Bronx Borough President’s Office, submitted a proposal to the Bronx River Watershed Initiative to fund a 10,000 square foot green roof on the ABC Carpet Bronx Outlet building at 1055 Bronx River Avenue, Bronx, NY. Green Roof Technology worked with the BOEDC to manage the project, beginning with the design all the way through training and supervising a local workforce to install the green roof. The installation at ABC Carpet was completed in early November of last year.
This past Friday, Jorg, Kat and Andrew traveled to the Bronx to check on the health of the green roof and to construct 4 environmental monitoring stations. All 4 stations are approximately 1 m tall with a 1 m x 1 m x 0.15 m box integrated on top. Two of of the top-mounted boxes are filled with an extensive green roof system and the other two are only lined with a waterproof membrane. Each box is equipped with 3 temperature probes and a tipping bucket. In the coming weeks, a stand alone weather station will be installed on the roof to monitor wind speed, relative humidity, air temperature, and sun intensity.
Over the last decade Green Roof Technology has worked with numerous organizations and academic institutions to design and set up their green roof monitoring programs. Beginning in the late 1990’s, GRT helped establish the first FLL
green roof media testing laboratory at Pennsylvania State University and advised their leading researchers on how to set up their own green roof research center. Since those early days in North American green roof research, Green Roof Technology has had the pleasure of establishing research programs
at Carnegie Mellon University, Swarthmore College, the City Hall in Chicago, and Villanova University. In 2007, Green Roof Technology worked with the BOEDC to design and install green roof research stations at the Bronx County Court House. These stations were the first green roof boxes to be tested in North American according to the strict FLL guideline and the FLL’s standardized testing procedures.