Archive for November, 2009

October’s issue of Roofing Contractor magazine featured a great article titled “Reducing the Carbon Footprint” written by Michael Furbish.  The article’s title is a double entendre – Dansko is a progressive shoe maker, employee owned business with a strong community and environmental conscience.  The project profiled is a series of beautiful green roofs installed on the Dansko headquarters in West Grove, PA.  This is a project I am very fond of, not just because of the few hundred cubic yards of rooflite® the roof grows on, but also because it it the closest green roof on a LEED certified to Skyland USA’s own headquarters.

Dansko Green Roof, West Grove, PA

Michael Furbish is uniquely qualified to write about the project.  His outfit, the Furbish Company, installed the Dansko roof in May of 2008.  The project required about 140 cubic yards of rooflite® Extensive MC, 40 cubic yards of rooflite® Semi-Intensive, and 120 cubic yards of rooflite® Drain.  Roof garden design services were provided by Green Roof Service.  Upon completion of the 80,000 square foot headquarters and outlet, the building was awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.  The original print version of the Roofing Contractor article features some great photos of the project.  The October issue can be viewed online HERE, starting on page 34-35.  Additionally, given the proximity to the project, we’ve been able to follow up on this projects with some nice photos of our own, as seen below.

Based out of Baltimore, Furbish has been installing green roofs from New Jersey to Virginia since 2003.  They have a deep commitment to sustainable building approaches. And to them, its more than just about saving the environment. Green roofs and vegetated walls offer greater comfort to occupants, healthier indoor environs, lower costs to operate, and more beautiful aesthetics. They believe green building should generate cost effective solutions.

Furbish operates at a fast pace, always with multiple projects in the pipeline.  This year they’ve put in quite afe wgreen roofs since Dansko, including the6,500 square foot US Department of Interior Main Building green roof in Washington DC , the Barclays Building at Christiana Crescent in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Talbot Senior Center in Easton, Maryland; all pictured below.

So if you need a green roof or vegetated wall (bio filter) installed in the Mid Atlantic, you should make sure to get a bid from Furbish Co.

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2010 is right around the corner.  As we look back on what has been a great year for the green roof industry in general and rooflite® Certified Green Roof Media specifically, we took the time at our 1st Annual rooflite® Blenders’ Meeting to honor one licensed blender for an outstanding individual effort.  Willie Palmer accepted the honor on behalf of Swanson Bark & Wood Products, in front of owners John and Vicki Leber.

Willie Palmer of Swanson Bark and Wood Products, left, accepts the Outstanding Licensed rooflite® Blender award from Joseph DiNorscia, right, Managing Director, Skyland USA.

“I was honored to represent Swanson Bark in receiving the rooflite® Outstanding Licensed Blender Award.” Mr. Palmer said, and added “It was definitely a team effort. We couldn’t have earned it without the support and hard work from all of our departments.”

Swanson Bark has benefited from an ideal location to service both Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.  Both major metro areas embrace green roof technology, or ecoroofs as they are known in Portland, for all of their benfits – particularly storm water management in the oft rainy Pacific Northwest.  Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services currently offers direct funding of up to $5.00 per square foot on approved projects through their Ecoroof Program.  Willie has been actively involved with the program, attending the Bureau’s Ecoroof Workshops and being an approved supplier through their Ecoroof Resource List.

Additionally, a close relationship with progressive design/build firm such as SolTerra Systems has allowed Mr. Palmer to utilize Swanson’s fleet of blower trucks and trailers to take green roof media to new heights.  Roof renovations on existing residential locations with difficult access become much easier with the 300′ reach of Swanson’s blower service.  And when unloading crane-strapped super sacks on busy downtown streets at commercial projects, Swanson’s flatbed can be unloaded in tight lanes with ease using their piggyback lifts.

Of the future, Willie adds “I’m looking forward to a successful 2010 green roof season.”  So are we Willie.  Congratulations to the entire team at Swanson Bark & Wood Products, 2009’s Outstanding Licensed rooflite® Blender!

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Greenbuild Expo

What an exciting and informative week in Phoenix, Arizona.  The future looks bright for green roofs.  Greenbuild Inernational Conference and Expo was a great success, with over 1,800 exhibiting companies and 28,000 attendees.  rooflite® exhibited at booth 209, and had a great flow of forward thinking, progressive, green design and construction professionals.

rooflite® booth before the expo

A common theme from the ‘locals’ of Phoenix was are green roofs feasible in Arizona – can we do it here?  The resounding answer was “Yes.”  Carefully consider water needs and irrigation, and consider irrigating with grey water.  Your primary benefit may not be storm water retention and diversion like many other areas, but prolonged roof life should be a strong enough consideration.  Keep your roof from baking in the desert sun.  Plant hardy desert plants, irrigate with HVAC condensate or other grey water, and you got a sustainable, roof-life extending oasis in the desert.

First Annual rooflite® Blenders’ Meeting

But the greatest success of the week for the rooflite® team came before the grand opening of the expo halls.  Phoenix also played host to the 1st Annual rooflite® Blenders’ Meeting.  We had representatives from 14 Authorized rooflite® Blenders attend a round-table conference.  We discussed a few of our largest scale, high profile green roof projects from the last year, so we could all benefit from lessons we learn along the way and what worked well.  We introduced our new lighter weight blend, the regionally available rooflite® extensive mcl, and we strengthened our network.  Together, we’ve supplied rooflite® Certified Green Roof Media to almost 2 million square feet of roofs in North America.  Together, we’ve made rooflite® North America’s #1 Green Roof Media.  Representatives from  California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington State attended; along with our newest authorized blenders from Toronto, Canada and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The network, as assembled for the first time:

rooflite® Blenders' Network

So if you are looking for to specify or install North America’s #1 Green Roof Media, our network has got you covered.  Contact us for more information, or locate your regional blender HERE.  See you in Chicago at next year’s Greenbuild – we’ll be in booth #1588 & 1590.

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