Urbanscape Green Roofs

Maja Tomazin

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Europe: Expect a hot summer, with draught and major storms - can Green Roofs help?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jun 1, 2018 2:39:46 PM

There we have it. The AccuWeather weather portal has published its summer weather forecast.

The AccuWeather portal is forecasting weather in the Eastern Europe area from June through August will see high temperatures and droughts. However, no longer heat waves were announced, since occasional major storms are expected to cool the atmosphere, bringing with them hail and storm water flooding.

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Topics: Heat island effect (UHI), Measuring performance

Influence of different soil supplements on water retention properties

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 19, 2017 4:29:54 PM

Any growing media needs to enable the constant inflow of water, nutrients and oxygen to the plant’s roots. Substrates must anchor the plant and have certain characteristics that will promote the growth and development of plants; and they must have suitable air and water capacity.

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Topics: Landscaping

Can railways and motorways be called green infrastructure?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jul 19, 2017 1:31:51 PM

The word “green” is used increasingly frequently in the urban context, especially to describe various forms and structures. While we’re all familiar with greenery in the form of parks, playgrounds, squares and urban gardens, we’re now seeing more and more green roofs, walls and vertical farms, too – especially in built-up spaces.

The main reason we are losing our green surfaces is the ever-growing need for housing, stores, businesses and manufacturing facilities. The second reason is transportation infrastructure. While our green surfaces slowly disappear and are replaced by buildings, green solutions are already playing a big role in bringing biodiversity to the cities. Now the idea of green transportation infrastructure is starting to spread through the urban dictionary as well.

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Topics: CAD, green infrastructure, green designs on the move

Tip and tricks for successful tree planting in urban landscaping environments

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jun 5, 2017 3:08:01 PM

A lot of positive effects come from planting trees in an urban environment. Planting trees can actually contribute to enjoying cleaner air, and by that contribute to a healthier life in the city, as trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen, and also absorb pollutants like nitrogen, ammonia and sulphur dioxide.

By shading concrete streets, trees help reduce the temperature of the street and the entire city. With their shading properties, trees also help slow the evaporation of water from other plants. By planting trees the right way stormwater runoff, too, can be controlled.

In addition, trees can provide food, improve our mental wellbeing, lend a sense of identity to the neighbourhood; even real estate with more green areas around tends to have higher value than those with little or no green areas.

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Topics: Landscaping

10 Superior Green Roof Storm Water Control Designs Soon to be Tested

Posted by Maja Tomazin on May 16, 2017 12:02:13 PM

The Purple-Roof® “enhanced by Urbanscape®concept, a joint effort between sedum grower Sempergreen from Virginia, in the USA, and binder-free mineral wool growing media supplier Knauf Insulation from Slovenia, EU (part of the German Knauf Group) is taking on a whole new dimension.

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Topics: stormwater management, purple roof

How to set up a lush green garden / landscape design that uses a minimum of water

Posted by Maja Tomazin on May 8, 2017 10:54:26 AM

Everyone wants to have the greenest garden possible, all the time, especially in the summer, when the sun pulls us outside. As the terrace is an extension of the dining room, the garden opens up as extension of the living room and offers us some green shadow and shelter, as well as food, workspace and a playground.

 

As we all hope to have a lush garden full of fruits and flowers, large amounts of water are used; and if the irrigation system isn’t automatic, a lot of time is spent on the watering as well.

With a well thought out garden design, smart technical support and the right landscaping system you can enjoy your garden, save time and water, and therefore maximize your ecological contribution as well

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Topics: Landscaping

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