Category: Green roofs

Kingspan introduces GreenGuard XPS products in new thicknesses and for the commercial roofing market

Kingspan Insulation continues to expand its GreenGuard extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation board product offering with additional thicknesses of 3 inches and 4 inches in select 25, 40 and 60 psi compressive strength boards, and a new 4-sided routed drainage channel board. The new products help to round out Kingspan’s GreenGuard line in commercial markets such as roofing, cold storage, and various below grade and vertical wall applications.

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Anaha at Ward Village in Honolulu debuts Hawaii’s largest living green wall

Ward Village is Hawaii’s only LEED-ND Platinum-Certified project, and the largest neighborhood development in the country to receive such a prestigious certification. The community was recently named “Best On-the Boards Mixed Use Project”  and “Best Community Site Plan” at the 54th Annual Gold Nugget Awards presented by PCBC, the largest annual homebuilding trade show in the Western United States.  

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KIRCO announces grand opening of the Global Dow Center and new H. H. Dow Visitors and Heritage Center

Elements of the Global Dow Center include: a six-story, 184,390 square-foot, steel-frame and curtain wall structure; 21,000-square-feet of vegetative rooftop and a nearly one-acre decorative pond wrapping one-third of the building, helping to dramatically reduce heat islands and storm water runoff; and an enclosed employee walkway connecting occupants to parking and other campus facilities.

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Philadelphia Water Department Recognizes Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as Pioneer in Stormwater Management

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Debra McCarty and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell joined executives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for a rooftop ceremony recognizing sustainable design and cutting-edge green stormwater management systems at the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on Wednesday.

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Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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ASLA survey uncovers bright spots for landscape architecture firms

General business conditions contained some bright spots for landscape architecture firms during the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest ASLA’ Business Quarterly survey. Firms reported a jump in billable hours, although inquiries for new work dipped slightly. Plans to hire remained steady.

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The Whitehall opens spectacular green roof

The Whitehall roof-top park, a $6.5 million project, was designed by Genie Masucci, principal of G. Masucci Architects, LLC, in consultation with Site Works, one of the landscape consultants to Manhattan’s renowned High Line.

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Biomimicry in architectural design: The Bullitt Center

The idea for this article originated from an evening of watching “Xploration Nature Knows Best” from Steve Rotfield Productions. The episode, “Biobased Buildings” with host Danni Washington, encompassed a cohesive discussion on products and buildings that mimic nature — biomimicry in design. The show included two examples of biomimicry in design, StoColor® Lotusan® and the Bullitt Center.

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Hurlingham Racquet Centre’s light green roof features Kerto® LVL

The Hurlingham project in London involved the construction of a sports complex including four indoor tennis courts and four squash courts. The racquet hall, designed by David Morley Architects, is 35 meters wide and 55 meters long. The main span consists of suspended steel beams. To give the courts space and reduce the costs, the beams are spaced with large gaps of 12.9 meters. To fill these gaps, the architect wanted to see wood.

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Roadmap for Designing Net Zero Labs by Jacob Tsimanis PE, LEED AP, CPMP & BCxP. Photo credit: Shutterstock, Artist Siyanight

Roadmap for Designing Net Zero Labs by Jacob Tsimanis PE, LEED AP, CPMP & BCxP. Photo credit: Shutterstock, Artist Siyanight


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