2014 Green Roof & Wall Industry Directory helps architects find resources

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiiesGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the non-profit membership-based industry association working to promote the green roof and wall industry in North America, has released The Green Pages: 2014 Green Roof & Wall Industry Directory. As the green roof and wall industry continues to grow, this directory will help architecture and landscape architecture firms find key players in the green roof and wall industry (manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, nurseries, etc.) as well as accredited Green Roof Professionals. It also provides design inspiration by profiling different projects all over North America.

The Green Pages will be available at GRHC’s two upcoming conferences—Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure, Designing for Health in Toronto, August 25-26 and CitiesAlive: Green Roof & Wall Conference, Water: The Key To Everything Green in Nashville, TN, November 12-15.

For more information about the Green Pages contact Paul Erlichman, membership coordinator, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities at perlichman@greenroofs.org or Jennifer Foden Wilson, editor of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine at jfodenwilson@greenroofs.org.

Paper connects green infrastructure, health and resiliency

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiiesGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities has published a research paper, “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities” that discusses the connections between green infrastructure, health and community resiliency. The paper reviews a growing body of literature which illustrates that how we design buildings and communities has profound consequences for our health and happiness.

The paper is part of Grey to Green, A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure – Designing for Health on August 25th-26th, 2014 in Toronto. The Conference will discuss design and policy practices, and will include more than 75 leading thinkers and doers at the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary program will cover project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.

Green roof industry grows by 10% in 2013

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiiesGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association announces a 10 percent growth rate for green roofs in 2013 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey.

The Washington DC Metropolitan Region saw the installation of 2,164,926 square feet of green roofs in 2013. Washington has adopted public policies and programs that support green roof investment, including rebates of $7-$15 per square foot per green roof installed and credits that reduce stormwater fees. Public investment in green roofs yields multiple public cost saving benefits.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) mission is to develop the green roof and wall industry across North America. Visit their website for more information about the 2013 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Congratulates First Certified “Living Buildings”

Green Roof for Healthy CitiiesThe International Living Building Institute announced the results of its first third-party certification audits, proving that “Living Buildings” can be designed and built to benefit the ecosystems they inhabit. In recognition of this achievement, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) will be profiling the program and sharing other ongoing project efforts at CitiesAlive, the 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Vancouver, BC on December 1, 2010. The group will be conducting a special education session that introduces participants to the current Living Building Challenge standard.

The courses and workshops at CitiesAlive will emphasize integrated design practices including:

  • integrated water management,
  • rooftop urban agriculture,
  • ecological green roof design, and
  • collaborative design principles.

The Living Building Challenge is widely regarded as the world’s most rigorous green building performance standard and has redefined the design and construction process for more than seventy projects since its launch in 2006. A Living Building must generate all of its own energy through clean, renewable resources; capture and treat its own water through ecologically sound techniques; incorporate only nontoxic, appropriately sourced materials; and operate efficiently and for maximum beauty. Summary information about each certified project is available on the International Living Buliding Institute website.