Archive for October, 2009

NASA’s new Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is a LEED Certified Gold building, a first for NASA.  The building was designed by LPA Inc. architectural firm of Irvine, CA – and they’ve posted a great video about the project.  Their video is posted below, but it may be worth viewing at YouTube in HD HERE.

As you can see in the video, the building features an impressive green roof above the energy efficient auditorium.  The 5700 square foot green roof was installed by American Landscape Inc out of Canoga Park, CA.  The project was spec’ed by Charlie Miller of Roofscapes, and he selected rooflite® extensive mc as the Southern California growth media of choice for the project.  The green roof was installed and planted in March 2009, and as you can see from the pictures below, it is growing in quickly in the Southern California sun.  Just six months later:

Even rocket scientists Grow On Us - rooflite® extensive mc

Even rocket scientists Grow On Us - rooflite® extensive mc

The details of the project are as follows:

  • 5700 square foot extensive green roof
  • 75 CY rooflite® extensive mc – installed at a 4″ depth
  • 35 CY rooflite® drain – installed at a 2″ depth
  • Multi-course system depth – 6″

Others involved in the design and construction of the project include Leo George Structural Engineers of Irvine, CA and Swinerton Builders (GC) of Los Angeles, CA.  You can read NASA’s press release titled “JPL Goes Green For Gold” HERE, and LPA’s follow-up press release titled “NASA Strikes Gold” HERE.

Long story short, this is a fantastic project and we can clearly see that interest in green roofs is increasing steadily in Southern California.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to choose to specify and install the nation’s #1 green roof growth media, rooflite®.  You can too – Contact Us today for a quote on your next project, in sunny SoCal or anywhere around the country – Grow on Us™.

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Great overview video of the installation of the recently completed Free Library of Philadelphia green roof:

The video was posted by the Free Library, so it would follow that they shot and edited the footage.  The beginning is like an ad for rooflite® – the truck on the closed street, the super sacks floating through the air on the crane, the ease of unloading on the roof…  Couldn’t have shot that much better myself.  To anyone who has asked me how long it takes to unload a super sack: I counted three seconds.

This is a great project for the city of Philadelphia, and you can see Mayor Nutter is proud.  A lot of great people were involved with this project: green roof consulting from Green Roof Service, roof installation by US Roofing Corp., landscaping by Galbally Landscaping, and as you can see from the video credits – many more.  Rooflite® Extensive MC was used on this project, as supplied by Skyland USA.  We even used a shot from street level on this delivery on our website and in our 12 page booklet brochure:

rooflite® Super Sacks waiting to be lifted

rooflite® Super Sacks waiting to be lifted

Worth noting that the street above is closed by police.  A colleague commented on the image below that she liked it but too bad the police car was there.  I feel that conveys a good message – if you’re planning delivery of super sacks, and a crane, you may need permits and a closed street.  Here is that shot again, cropped for the header image banner on the About Skyland USA page of our website:

About Skyland USA: rooflite® Super Sacks, cranes, closed streets

About Skyland USA: rooflite® Super Sacks, cranes, closed streets

We are proud to have been involved in such a successful project – the first green roof on a city owned building in Philadelphia.  And it certainly isn’t the last in Philadelphia.  The City of Philadelphia still offers up to $100,000 in business tax credits for a green roof.  Get your application HERE and start planning your green roof today.  Better yet, call Green Roof Service, let them plan it for you.

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If you haven’t heard of the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon – take a look at the official website HERE.  Basically, the goal is to make a solar powered home – over a small footprint.  Their are ten classes of judging, the most valuable being net metering – or total energy generated.  Half of the design idea is to ‘integrate’ your solar system; not to design a trailer and slap the biggest solar panels possible on top…

What does this have to do with green roofs?  Well, I’ve seen and heard the erroneous statement too many times: “You can have solar or a green roof, but not both in the same space.”  Don’t worry that there is research over a decade old showing that solar panels produce more energy at lower temperatures (ie – they operate more efficiently; see study here PDF)  Many people just don’t come to that logical conclusion – and then rule out that some plants like shade, and some require it.  That study above references denser foliage under the solar panels, and bigger plants.  But what does that have to do with the Solar Decathlon?  Take a look at these PhotoVoltaics:

Penn State's GRIPV

Penn State's GRIPV

Penn State has modified and installed Solyndra‘s new cylindrical photovoltaic system over an extensive green roof.  Growing on rooflite® extensive mc.  The team’s Landscape Architecture project manager, Scott Goodrich, contacted Skyland USA back in June about supplying media for the project.  And in August, we did what we do best and delivered half a truck load of rooflite® extensive mc to State College, PA.  The team took it in super sacks over bulk, since the green roof trays they ordered went MIA around campus.  Not as easy to make off with a 2 cubic yard super sack.  We wish the PSU team the best of luck as they compete this week.  We feel their entry really pushes the envelope, for the contest and for all of the architects out there designing green roofs and photovoltaic systems in conjunction.  They really took the design philosophy of building integrated PV to heart, unlike many of the ‘building applied’ projects.

Hopefully, they win the $100,000 prize, and can further the system they’ve created.  Unfortunately, as of today their in 19th place.  Good Luck! – Visit PSU Team’s Official Site here.

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Wow.  I’m not sure which is more impressive; 31 acres of green roofs installed on rooflite® certified growth media, or over 230 projects in 23 states.  Both ways, its an impressive list.  If you’re a architect or an installer, you know you can specificy and install with confidence.  Its been done – well over 1.5 million square feet of plants Grow On Us™.  Need media for your next project?  Doesn’t matter if your in Portland Oregon or Portland Maine, we have the right, regional specific, FLL certified, green roof growth media.  The materials have been meticulously sourced, carefully blended, and laboratory tested.  But most important, we have success on the roof.  Around the country.  That’s why rooflite® is the nation’s #1 green roof growth media.

Take a look at the press release at greenroofs.com, or just head directly to the Project Gallery on our website.  You can download the whole list, or sort through some slides of projects from around the country.  With some nice photos, job size, and media type.

Press Release – Selected Project – Skyland USA

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This project has got legs.  Take a look at Rooftop Farm’s website HERE.  Everyone has written about it, visited, or blogged on it.  Now its even made it to the CBS Evening News.  Last Friday a nice piece aired featuring soundbites from Annie Novak and Lisa Goode, along with some nice shots of fall crops on the roof.  Take a look at the video linked in the article HERE.

The great folks at Goode Green were kind enough to send me some pictures of the installation from Eagle Street in Greenpoint form this spring.  I guess its easier to move 3 tractor trailers of rooflite® to your roof if there is a crane yard next door.  Take a look at the install photos below:

Rooftop Farm, as installed by Goode Green, growing in rooflite® Intensive growth media. Photo Courtesy Goode Green

Of course, what everyone wants to see is the yield, what kind of production is possible.  And it appears that Ben Flanner and Annie Novak had a ‘fruitful’ first season.  I loved this picture so much, it was my desktop for half the summer.  Glad to see they’ve moved on to the fall crops.

rooflite® going up to the roof; Manhattan, NYC - Photo courtesy of Goode Green

As for Goode Green, they’ve had a busy summer and fall.  They’ve been doing installations around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.  Most recent high profile project, the green roof at the Firmdales posh new Crosby Street Hotel.  The shot below was taken on a crystal clear fall morning, as rooflite® Intensive was hauled to the roof at Crosby Street, with the Empire State Building in the background.

All Photos ©2009, Goode Green, LLC.

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As you read on our website, we’re always happy to hear about projects using rooflite® certified green roof media in the news.  And it happens all the time.  We get daily google alerts, read industry magazines like Landscape Architect and Roofing Contractor, and get feedback and photos from contractors and installers around the country.  Sometimes we’ve got more insight on the project then the news piece, or we just really want to share the pride of the installer and owner.  We’ll post links, photos, and info about exciting green roof projects from around the country that use rooflite® products, and developments of our own.  So check back often to see what green roofs Grow On Us

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