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Washington, DC Tops Green Roof Rankings

Washington, DC Tops Green Roof Rankings

A 4,000-square-foot living roof atop a new apartment complex in Washington, DC, is almost complete, reports FMLink. The green roof is part of The Colonel apartment complex in the Shaw neighborhood. Riverbend Nursery and MSM Roofing developed the green roof, which includes a blend of drought-tolerant succulents. Facility owners and … Read more »

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Green Roof Slows Runoff, Lowers Building Costs

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has installed a green roof at its Racine Avenue Pumping Station, which MWRD says will slow stormwater runoff and result in lower operating costs for the building. The Racine Avenue Pumping Station houses main sewage pumps that pump wastewater to the Stickney … Read more »

Supermarket Green Roof Collapses, Killing 33

A green roof atop a Latvia supermarket is under investigation after it collapsed on shoppers on Thursday, killing at least 33 and injuring at least 38. Prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis said police had launched a criminal investigation into the Maxima store roof’s collapse, ABC news reports, adding that a rooftop … Read more »

Facebook’s Green-Roofed ‘Hobbit Hole’ Gets Green Light

Facebook has received approval to build its green-roofed, Frank Gehry-designed second campus in Menlo Park, Calif. The Menlo Park City Council voted last week to allow the social network giant to move ahead with its plans for the 433,555-square-foot building. The new campus will connect with Facebook’s current headquarters via … Read more »

Green Roof and Green Wall Market Growing Like Weeds

Green roofs and green walls will grow from a $5.3 billion market in 2011 into a $7.7 billion market in 2017, driven by mandates and incentives in cities worldwide, according to Lux Research. But while installations will increase 70 percent to 204 million square meters, costs and lack of validation … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Roofing, Farmed Fish, ISO 50001

Bisol Group’s photovoltaic modules successfully passed tests for ANSI/UL 1703 certification, and now meet the safety and quality regulations for the US and Canadian market. The TÜV Rheinland laboratory in Germany issued the certification after conducting tests for temperature, current leakage and wet insulation-resistance test, intrusive hot spot test, fire test … Read more »

NY Post Office Gets Green Roof

The US Postal Service has built its second green roof, a 11,300-square-foot installation in upstate New York. The roof at Colvin-Elmwood Post Office was built in collaboration with Onondaga County, N.Y., as part of the municipality’s Save the Rain initiative. After being verified sound enough to support the additional weight … Read more »

Hilton Installs Green Roof, CHP Systems

The Hilton New York – Manhattan’s largest hotel – has installed a green roof and cogeneration system. The 16,000-square-foot green roof system was installed by Xero Flor America and is located on the hotel’s fifth floor rooftop setback. The green roof supports local farming and plays host to locally grown … Read more »

USPS Cuts Energy Use by Trillions of BTUs since 2005

The U.S. Postal Service is more than two thirds of the way to reaching its goal to reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2015 as it continues to exceed its energy savings targets. One year after opening its first green roof, atop the Morgan mail processing facility, in midtown … Read more »

Chicago, DC, Baltimore among Top Green Roof Cities

Chicago, DC, Baltimore among Top Green Roof Cities

Chicago, Washington D.C., and Baltimore are among the cities in the U.S. with the most green roofs installed, according to an Associated Press report yesterday. Based on a study by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a green roof industry group, the AP reported that Chicago led the nation with more … Read more »

Con Edison ‘Cool’ Roofs Reduce Energy Costs

Con Edison ‘Cool’ Roofs Reduce Energy Costs

Con Edison’s green and white roofs atop of its training and conference center in Long Island City help prevent energy losses, provide other environmental benefits, and reduce heating and cooling costs, compared to traditional dark roofs, according to research from Columbia University. A key finding of the study (PDF) shows … Read more »