Urbanscape Green Roofs

URBAN GARDENING – How it’s done

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Apr 11, 2017 2:09:43 PM

Are you living in a condo/flat and don’t have any space to grow any herbs or veggies? Don’t worry, we have many ideas on how to help. Here we provide a handful of design solutions that can be easily implemented in your kitchen or living room, on the stairs or window sill, and more.

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Topics: Landscaping

Green roofs: Making life more comfortable for residents of houseboats in Amsterdam

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Mar 14, 2017 3:57:17 PM

To provide more comfort to houseboats in Amsterdam Sedumworld applied Urbanscape Green Roof System featuring Urbanscape Green Roll and Sempergreen Sedum-mix blanket.

 

Standard houseboats – the sun raises indoor temperatures during summer

The houseboats have an lightweight wooden roof construction with a minimum insulation. In the summer the transfer of solar energy dramatically rises the indoor temperature.

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Topics: Measuring performance, green infrastructure

Harvest and Reuse of Rainwater from Green Roofs

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Mar 7, 2017 4:10:06 PM

Rainwater harvesting represents an alternative water supply that captures and stores rainwater for later use. The harvesting of rainwater is as simple as collecting water from surfaces on which rain falls, and subsequently storing this water for later use. Normally, water is collected from building roofs and stored in dedicated water tanks.

Green roof technology is improving all the time. The goal is to keep the water clean, in some cases probably cleaner than from some traditional roof schemes. Naturally it is necessary to observe the stability characteristics of the sub-structure, the membranes, and the related maintenance requirements.

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Topics: BIM, stormwater management

CAD Designs for Urbanscape Landscaping system available now!

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Feb 24, 2017 2:32:11 PM

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is a combination of hardware and software computer technology that enables designers (architects, engineers, etc.) to replace manual drafting with the precision of a digital process capable of creating 2D and 3D models, drawings and plans.

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Topics: CAD, Landscaping

Different Green Roofs for different local needs and environments

Posted by Jure Sumi on Feb 13, 2017 2:50:07 PM

We have been talking on many of our blogs about the real performance of green roofs, in terms of improved energy efficiency, better storm-water management, lower heat-island effects and more – because it’s all about achieving good environment performance.

However, this time we look at green roofs from the customer’s perspective, and what they expect from the green roofs.

Over the past years I’ve learned that many customers do occassionaly read more in details what green roofs are and know what green roofs bring; but when it comes to initial discussions you can clearly see that there are certain local aspects and requirements that contribute to the fine-tuning of green roof design.

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Topics: Measuring performance

Indoor / Vertical farming: More yield in small spaces and much more…

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Feb 1, 2017 3:06:16 PM

The beginning…

The first known sketch of vertical farms, from Rem Koolhaas in 1909 was presented in his book Delirious New York. In it he talked about the skyscraper “as Utopian device for the production of unlimited numbers of virgin sites on a metropolitan location.” Shortly afterward (1915), G.E. Bailey coined the phrase “vertical farming” and published a book of the same name.

But why is vertical farming getting the importance?

The most important factor in the question of farming and increased vertical farming is world population growth, which is expected to grow from 7 billion people in 2011 to 9 billion in 2045; and whereby 54% of people live in cities today, the UN expects the number to increase to 66% by 2050. In addition: at this rate of population growth total world production of fruits and vegetables will have to rise from the current 2.4 billion tons in 2011 to 3.1 billion tons in 2045 – so the question, understandably, is this: Where will all this food come from?

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Topics: Landscaping

Vertical farming – A solution to the growing demand for food?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jan 16, 2017 2:29:56 PM

But first a few words on the history of vertical farming

Before Gilbert Ellis Bailey, PhD invented the phrase “vertical farming” people lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Actually, it all started with hanging gardens of Babylon.

In ancient Rome in the year 500, the Romans were growing grapes that climbed walls or wooden structures. Around 1150, the Aztecs were growing food in floating gardens. And in the 15th century the Incas were building forts to support their efforts to bring soil from the valleys to the mountains in order to plant for food.

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Topics: Landscaping

4 measures to consider when designing fire-safe Green Roofs

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 23, 2016 2:22:24 PM

Some 40 years ago the first truly extensive green roofs were built in Germany. Since then, green roofs have become a common addition to buildings. At the same time, this development has led to a more critical approach to fire safety. Related requirements are becoming increasingly strict, and will continue to evolve as green roof designs develop.

 

Green roofs should be designed to provide the necessary fire resistance

The first green roof performance tests, including fire tests, were performed and analysed in the 1990s. It’s pretty safe to say that fire safety regulations differ, sometimes significantly, from country to country. So in order to gain a larger global perspective we need to review the way fire safety is treated and talked about on major green roof markets.

After reviewing many cases over the past few years, we can say that generally green roofs should be designed to provide the necessary resistance to the spread of fire by considering 4 primary measures:

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Topics: BIM, fire resistance

Could green roofs help curb city winter air pollution crisis?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 12, 2016 4:05:19 PM

Paris is constantly entering into its emergency measures as the city struggles with exceptionally high air pollution levels. Controls on vehicles, free public transport and advice to limit intense sports and avoid large traffic sites at time of high circulation are just some of the measures being taken by the French government to protect residents from the effect of the most prolonged air pollution in the last ten years.

Paris is not the only one; Athens, Madrid and Ljubljana are just some of the Europeans cities currently taking urgent steps to control growing air pollution; a problem which according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is set to cause as many as nine million premature deaths a year around the world in the next four decades. And the World Health Organisation (WHO) has described this problem as the “world’s largest single environmental health risk”.

Unfortunately, reducing the emission of new air pollutants does not remove those that are already in the air.

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Topics: Heat island effect (UHI), air pollution, LEED, BREEAM, EPD

Wind up-lift and wind resistance of Green Roofs

Posted by Jure Sumi on Nov 22, 2016 10:24:07 AM

Many studies have been made and published related to wind resistance of Green Roofs, but in reality there is still a lack of consensus in the international green roofing / building industry on what kind of testing and certification would be most appropriate and representative of real wind effects on vegetated roofs.

Physics behind wind-suction

If we first look at the facts, we don’t often hear of green roofs having been blown-off during storms. Such an event might happen with pavers, waterproofing and similar, but this is not the case with green roofs.

But do we know why?

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Topics: Measuring performance