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Old November 22nd, 2008, 05:16 PM   #41
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Here's the the proposal for the new Zagreb Airport Terminal, made by Foster & Partners... (3rd place)









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Old November 22nd, 2008, 05:20 PM   #42
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That's a nice roof!
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Old November 25th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #43
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Who needs green roofs, if you can have green walls?

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Old November 25th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #44
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i love it! so unique
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Old December 20th, 2008, 01:16 PM   #46
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I love the idea of incorporating some greenery into the concrete jungle. Would love to see more of it. Just thought I'd mention this example, from Brisbane, where the Mater Hospital is building a new carpark on the site of a rugby field at St Laurences College, but in return there will be a new rugby field on the roof of the carpark. Apparentely it'll be articficial grass, but interesting none the less. More info at http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=758864

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Old December 30th, 2008, 05:21 PM   #47
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Old December 31st, 2008, 12:41 AM   #48
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too bad solar panels and wind turbines weren't included in the "Green Roof" concept
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Old December 31st, 2008, 12:43 AM   #49
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Actually, I'd like to see how green roofs are implemented around the world. Bearing in mind planting large trees on roofs may not be suitable due to the lack of deep soils, grass and small potted plants is likely the way to go.
what if you plant the trees around the perimeter of the roof and train the roots to grow down through the walls to the ground?
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Old January 1st, 2009, 11:00 AM   #50
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 07:21 PM   #51
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Toronto developers see red over "green" roof law

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 16 (Reuters) - Toronto's real estate developers are unhappy about a new law mandating "green" rooftops, arguing the city should have instead offered incentives to encourage the planting of grass and shrubs atop large new buildings.

Toronto last month became the first major city in North America to pass a bylaw requiring that any new development with floorspace of more than 2,000 square meters devote between 20 and 60 percent of its roof to vegetation. The rule applies to residential, commercial, industrial and institutional structures.

"I don't think anybody is warm and fuzzy about having a green roof bylaw impressed on them as a prescriptive method," said Stephen Upton, vice president for development at Tridel Corp, a Toronto high-rise condominium developer.

Supporters argue that green roofs offer many benefits to city dwellers and the environment, including energy savings as grass and foliage reduce the penetration of summer heat and limit the escape of heat in winter lessening the need for air conditioning and heating.

Greenery on roofs, supporters say, can also reduce the quantity of water runoff, so helping stormwater management, and can filter out pollutants from rainwater.

The city council is also being criticized for not considering other approaches to making buildings more environmentally friendly, such as solar panels, and for pushing the cost-raising measure during a recession when buyers are already suffering.

Upton said green roofs could add C$200,000 ($177,000) to the cost of a new building, which would then be passed on to the buyer. On top of that would be ongoing maintenance, replacement and repair costs.

"People start questioning affordability," he told Reuters.

Roofs sporting grass, plants and even trees are popping up in cities all over North America. Chicago likes to boast that it has more than 600 buildings with green roofs. The green roof on Vancouver's new convention center, the broadcast hub for the 2010 Winter Olympics, is billed as the largest in Canada.

"There is a lot of political support for greening the city," said Steven Peck, president of Toronto-based Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a non-profit industry association.

Toronto Mayor David Miller has made the environment a central plank of his term, which has also seen the city offering rebates for low-flush toilets and banning the sale of bottled water at City Hall.

The bylaw takes effect in February 2010 although industrial sites have a one-year grace period and only need to set aside 10 percent of their roof space.
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The museum of natural history in San Fransisco is also a good example. I applaud this initiative, it seems to be a very cost effective way to help fight the warming trend in cities around the globe.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 08:16 PM   #54
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Sprout it from the rooftops, green's on the scene
5 July 2009
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The traditional asphalt, slate and tar on Bay State rooftops is beginning to give way to grass, arugula and artichokes - a trend spurring a proposed "green roof" state tax credit.

"We can turn our unused space into a beautiful space with so many functions," said Karen L. Weber, president of Earth Our Only Home, a Boston-based green consultancy that has installed green roofs on private residences and businesses including WGBH. "It's just a matter of saying this needs to happen."

A green roof, which can cost anywhere from $8 to $15 per square foot to install, consists of a series of layers - including a waterproof membrane, a root barrier, a water retention layer, a planting medium and plants - laid atop a traditional roof. The end result is a roof that looks more like a lawn or garden.

Advocates say they protect roofs, provide sound insulation, manage storm water and provide fresh oxygen, reduce ambient air temperature and absorb pollutants.

"I am ecstatic about the roof and it is really more than I expected," said Alex Macalalad, 42, a Newton doctor who had Weber's company install a green roof filled with low-maintenance plants and perennials during a 2007 renovation. "It's great to be out there, and for my kids."

A survey by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, which represents companies that create green roofs, found the number of projects its members worked on grew by more than 35 percent last year, thanks in part to tax credits offered by cities including New York and Chicago. Such credits are backed by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Menino is "very supportive of green roofs and other forms of sustainable design" and filed legislation in January to establish a green building tax credit for measures that increase energy efficiency, improve air quality and reduce environmental impacts, said spokesman Nick Martin.

The measure is pending before the Joint Committee on Revenue, said Sean J. Fitzgerald, chief of staff to committee chair Rep. Jay R. Kaufman (D-Lexington).

Gov. Deval Patrick has not taken a position on the bill, but "generally supports low-impact development techniques, such as green roofs," said Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs spokeswoman Lisa Capone.

Hub chefs salute the idea of green flecking the skyline of the Hub.

"If you can pick your own peas and serve them in your own restaurant, then you are going to be serving better peas than someone down the street who hasn't grown their own," said executive chef Robert Bean, 28, of Todd English's Bonfire Steakhouse in Boston, who just spearheaded an effort to install a raised bed garden atop the new Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers. Bean grows vegetables and herbs including spinach, arugula, artichokes, garlic chives, sage, scallions and basil.

"It makes me feel good to know exactly where they came from and how they were grown," he said.

Not only diners could benefit, said Weber, citing the creation of green jobs and other economic pluses.

"We have a lot of green space in Boston," she said, "but imagine how many green roofs could exist."
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Old July 24th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #57
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July 22, 2009
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U.S. Postal Service Opens First Green Roof
Agency Cements Role as an Environmental Leader


NEW YORK—The U.S. Postal Service celebrated another example of its environmental leadership as it dedicated its first and New York City’s largest green roof high atop the Morgan mail processing facility.

Built in 1933, the 2.2 million square foot facility located in midtown Manhattan became a historic landmark in 1986. Its roof was constructed originally to serve as an additional mail processing location, supporting 200 pounds per square foot. When the roof was scheduled for replacement in 2007, it was deemed strong enough to support the weight of the soil, vegetation and other requirements of a green roof. The plan fit perfectly into the Postal Service’s commitment to create sustainable spaces and facilities wherever possible.

“The Postal Service is taking the lead when it comes to making a positive impact on the environment,” said Tom Samra, vice president, Facilities. “We’re proud to dedicate our first green roof, and we are pleased to showcase this environmental oasis today in New York City.”

The green roof also addresses practical concerns. The roof will last up to 50 years, twice as long as the roof it replaced. It will also reduce the amount of contaminants in storm water runoff flowing into New York’s municipal water system. The agency projects the reduction of polluted runoff to be as much as 75 percent in the summer, and up to 35 percent during the winter months.

At nearly 2.5 acres, and safely perched seven stories above the city, the Morgan green roof offers a spectacular panoramic view of midtown Manhattan and the northern New Jersey shore. Its 14 orange-hued Ipe Brazilian wood benches are made from lumber certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. Native plants and trees include Calamagrostis, a lush, maintenance-free grass.

“The Morgan green roof is the largest in New York and one of the largest in the country,” said Sam Pulcrano, vice president, Sustainability. “Not only does it provide employees with a beautiful, serene outdoor environment, the green roof will help us meet our goal to reduce energy usage 30 percent by 2015.”

The Morgan green roof is the latest success in the Postal Service’s greener facilities strategy, which includes the use of environmentally conscious building components, renewable materials, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, low volatile organic compound parts, low-water use fixtures, solar photovoltaic systems, and a LEED-certified facility opening soon in Long Island.

The agency also announced the newest edition to its fleet of hybrid electric delivery vehicles, a 2-ton hybrid electric van. The vehicle, a combined effort of Azure Dynamics, Morgan Olson, Boyer Ford Truck Sales and Ford Motor Company, will be tested in Long Island later this summer and will join 30 other Azure Dynamics pure electric step vans currently delivering mail in Manhattan and the Bronx, as part of a test of the alternative fuel technology.

With the largest civilian fleet in the world — nearly 220,000 vehicles traveling more than 1.2 billion miles a year — the Postal Service consistently looks for ways to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet. The use of hybrid electric vehicles, and other alternative fuel technologies, along with reducing the size of its fleet, will help the Postal Service meet its goal of reducing fuel usage by 20 percent over the next five years.

In the last 12 months, the Postal Service also has expanded its recycling program in New York City to include mixed paper and cardboard, resulting in nearly 400 tons of materials recycled each month. Since last October post offices in New York City have recycled 2,770 tons of mixed paper and cardboard, an increase of 1,861 tons, or nearly triple what was recycled in the same period the previous year.

The Postal Service has been honored with more than 70 major environmental awards, including 40 White House Closing the Circle awards for environmental stewardship, and the 2009 Climate Change Champion of the Year Award for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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The community garden on the roof of Parrahub http://www.parrahub.org.au/index_files/Page337.html could provide vegetables for the top floor restaurant and be a place for lonely residents to exercise their "green fingers" with friends.
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Niners' plan for $937 million stadium south of San Francisco includes green roof, solar panels
15 July 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have unveiled design details on their proposed $937 million stadium south of San Francisco that would seat 68,500 and include solar panels and a green roof, as they move forward with plans to relocate to the South Bay city of Santa Clara.

Team officials presented the details Tuesday to the Santa Clara City Council, saying it would allow more fans to get closer to the field by expanding seating in the lower bowl.

It would also bring the upper deck closer to the field by stacking suites and clubs on one side, instead of wrapping them around the facility. The stadium, scheduled to open in 2014, would accommodate up to 75,000 people for big events such as the Super Bowl.

Whether the field at the new stadium would be grass or artificial turf has yet to be decided, 49ers spokesman Steve Fine said.

"The goal of the design was to create a true community asset for the city of Santa Clara," Fine said, noting that the stadium would also include more than 100,000-square-feet of meeting space that could be used for other events.

Santa Clara officials agreed to preliminary terms in June with the team for a stadium on part of the parking lot of the Great America Theme Park. The city would cover about 10 percent of the project's costs under that deal. The bulk of the remaining funding would come from the 49ers and the National Football League.

A citywide ballot measure on the stadium proposal is expected to go before voters next year.

Santa Clara city spokesman Dan Beerman said the presentation was well received. City officials are considering March 2, April 13 or June 8 as possible dates for the ballot measure, he said.

An environmental impact report is expected in the next few weeks.

The 49ers announced in 2006 that they had abandoned a decade-long attempt to build a stadium and a commercial and residential development on Candlestick Point, their San Francisco home since 1971, and were committed to moving 45 miles south to Santa Clara.

Team officials cite transportation challenges and the prospect of a decade of construction for their decision to give up on Candlestick Point.
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