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Climate Change requires an ideological shift in how we think about infrastructure

Hunter French Illustration from Vice Magazine shows a broken sewer pipe craned

Illustration by Hunter French, Vice Magazine

How does our infrastructure interact with the environment? Our drain pipes, reservoirs, power lines, roads, sewage systems, and more are all designed based on past climate data. But with the climate crisis comes the uncomfortable realization that the past can’t predict what we’ll  get in the future.

Design and Build Adaptable, Flexible Infrastructure

Perhaps, it is necessary to consider more adaptable and flexible versions of infrastructure, such as green infrastructure, to meet our modern challenges.

Below is an interesting article that suggests thinking about the consequences right at the beginning of the design process. Engineers and city planners can work to help avoid the failures.

Read full article, Our Infrastructure is Being Built for a Climate that’s Already Gone, by Shayla Love.

Learn about engineering vegetated roofing systems to optimize stormwater management at upcoming webinar. Click here for more info and to register.

 

Ready to implement Green Infrastructure?  Design a Green Roof! Contact us!

With proper planning any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a stormwater management tool and useful green space. Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to transform your roof. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

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As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Stormwater Capture Co presents webinar for Eastern US landscape architects

Engineering Vegetated Roofing Systems to Optimize Stormwater Management
Urban centers have high concentrations of impervious areas which pose a challenge in managing large volumes of stormwater. Heavy rain events or back-to-back storms cause problems like flooding, property damage, and combined overflow sewer discharge. Green infrastructure, such as vegetated roofs, can help mitigate these problems because they restore the hydrologic cycle in urbanized areas. Vegetated roof systems designed for maximum stormwater management decrease the volume of stormwater within the urban core and reliably delay travel time of stormwater to the treatment plant. These retention and detention strategies help alleviate the burden of heavy stormwater on our cities’ infrastructure. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED.

Webinar Learning Objectives
1. The distinction between stormwater retention and detention
2. The importance of detention in urban centres
3. Existing roof top technologies
4. Using biomimicry to re-engineer vegetated roofing system
5. Collaboration: Landscape Architects, Architects, Civil Engineers

Register here

Oct 28, 2020 01:00 PM; Space is Limited

Presenters

Sasha Aguilera, GRP, B.Arch, Design Ambassador & Rodney Chaney, BA, GRP, Technical Sales Manager

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

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Ready to Start Your Next Green Roof Design? Contact us!

With proper planning any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space. Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to transform your roof. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Urbanscape Detention logo by Knauf InsulationPurple-Roof PartnerThe image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Maintenance Worker on Green Roof in Fall 1

Covid-19 Pushes Construction Deadlines

In early Spring, Covid-19 uncertainty and jobsite safety precautions wreaked havoc on tight construction timelines and Gannt charts across the United States.  For many, deadlines were pushed back.  The anticipated late spring plantings turned into early fall installations.  Ultimately, the Covid delay brings welcome benefits as autumn is an ideal season for plant installation.

Finally Complete with Lush Green Roof

As a stormwater management tool, green roofs are one of the first systems calculated at the design stage by civil engineers.  After years of planning and construction, they are one of the last building features completed.  Now, finally, lush, living green roofs top the finished buildings helping manage stormwater as well as provide other benefits.  To the relief of all involved – designer, supplier, installation contractor and building owner – the planting of a green roof marks the final chapters to construction.

Benefits of Autumn or Winter Install

What some don’t know, is that green roofs installed in autumn or mild winter can benefit from the seasonal timing. Like perennial plants on the ground, all green roofs experience cycles of growth, flowering, and dormancy. During the summer, the plants would be spending their energy flowering.  In autumn, the sedum plants begin their process of dormancy and energy conservation. To ensure their long-term survival they take advantage of the cooler moist temperatures and divert energy to establish roots in their new home on the rooftop.

Tips for winter survival and long term performance

  • Pre-cultivated mats should have a minimum of 80 per cent coverage upon installation to reduce the possibility of erosion of growing media
  • Ensure vegetation is established upon installation; avoid cuttings
  • Use sedum mats pre-grown outdoors in similar climate as they will acclimatize best
  • Diverse species and sedum selection will ensure probability of long term survival
  • Keep the green roof hydrated in the autumn months
  • Avoid foot traffic over frost-covered plants

Close up of drain surround by paver on green roof

Next, Maintenance Planning

Now it’s time to change gears from loading, grading, and planting to long term planning.  A maintenance plan is required to keep this rooftop stormwater management tool performing. As with all building systems, nothing is truly maintenance-free. Every component requires periodic maintenance to perform according to the requirements set out during design.

Routine maintenance needs to start near the inception of the project and be carried through to building handover and beyond. A maintenance checklist will include drain inspection and more.  Read this blog on fall maintenance.

Ready to Start Your Next Green Roof Design? Contact us!

With proper planning any rooftop –  industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space. Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to transform your roof. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Urbanscape Detention logo by Knauf InsulationPurple-Roof PartnerThe image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool.

Have a Clear Maintenance Plan

The change in seasons and arrival of Autumn requires building maintenance before winter falls. This includes landscapes around and on top of our buildings – green roofs.

The beautiful, living roofs that dot our urban landscape also require care. Some municipalities call for rooftop maintenance such as Washington, DC which requires rooftop inspections twice a year. Furthermore, many warranties are tied to performing maintenance and filing reports. Ultimately, maintenance keeps your green roof performing as it should.

Maintenance requirements can vary slightly with different designs and plant materials. Each assembly should have a clear maintenance plan.

 

Grasshopper on a dormant green roof

Fall Maintenance Checklist

  • Fall weeding
  • Clean up garbage and matted tree leaves
  • Drain inspection
  • Infill with plugs and mats, as needed
  • Temp or permanent irrigation line blowout (to avoid freezing)
  • Plot your spring game plan, make note of materials or action for following visit

The extent of maintenance above depends on the design, the plant selection, the depth of growing medium, the roof’s exposure and the weather. While it is hard to predict the weather, a designer can opt for a system with low maintenance features to reduce overall labor and cost.  Read more on how to design a low maintenance green roof, here.

 

 

 

Ready to Start Your Next Green Roof Design? Contact us!

With proper planning any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space. Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to transform your roof. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Urbanscape Detention logo by Knauf InsulationPurple-Roof PartnerThe image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool.

StormCap Pre Vegetated Roof System layers shown in a 3 dimensional build up.

Typical lightweight, low maintenance StormCap™ system profile.

Design with Maintenance in Mind

Top Four Design Considerations

 

1. Safe Access

Easy access and safety considerations make for quicker maintenance.

 

2. Lightweight System

Lightweight systems such as StormCap™ achieve desired stormwater management goals and are easy to install and typically require lower maintenance. A thin-layered system with a dense vegetated mat over 2-4″ engineered growing medium tends to be less inviting for harmful weeds and therefore require less routine, manual weeding.

 

3. Plant Selection
Hardy and drought tolerant sedum plants grown outdoors are ideal. Sedum are more resistant to stress and extreme temperatures.  Sedum mats can be successfully installed in autumn or winter months. Maintenance personnel should be familiar with the green roof plants and the owner’s green roof aesthetic preference as some “weeds” might be tolerated in addition to the plant selection.

Irrigation bib hose next to mechanical units on green roof.

Irrigation bib on green roof.

 

 

4. Irrigation
Access to water, with adequate pressure, close by the rooftop is critical for supplemental irrigation in the establishment phase and during periods of drought.

 

 

 

Ready to Start Your Next Green Roof Design or Install? Contact us!

With proper planning any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space. Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to transform your roof. Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Urbanscape Detention logo by Knauf InsulationPurple-Roof PartnerThe image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool.

Project Info

Designer: DRA Architects, Inc.

Landscape Architect: Warner Larson, Inc

Installer: The Waterproofing Company

Vegetated Roof at Cape Cod Tech Manages Stormwater and Teaches Sustainability

The highly visible 25,000 square foot green roof comprised of the innovative StormCap™ green roof system offers numerous benefits to the newly constructed Cape Cod Tech High School, as well as the local watershed.   It is fitting that the region’s leader in technological education is also a study in building sustainability and innovation.

North view of the Cape Cod Technical Regional High School green roof shows contrasting sections of Marroon and Standard pre-grown sedum mat mixes.

Newly Installed Vegetated Roof Thrives

One month after installation, the newly installed vegetated roof had acclimated beautifully to the location. The photo on the left was taken weeks after the April 2020 installation under strict Covid-19 safety procedures. (See video below.)

Aesthetically Pleasing and Distinct Design

Among its design features, is a highly aesthetic 25,000 square foot green roof that consists of contrasting sections of Marroon and Standard pre-grown sedum mat mixes. Various species of flowers and foliage change color and height with the seasons and require minimal fertilization and maintenance year round.

 

 

Green Roof Tackles 2.54″ Rainstorm

The StormCap™ 2.5+1 green roof system can handle a 2.54″ rainstorm. As a result, this helps reduce localized flooding and stormwater pollution. The lightweight system weighs only 23 lbs/sf saturated, and retains up to 1.59 gal/sf of stormwater. The 4″ profile includes drainage, filter, retention, media and a plant base delivered in pre-grown sedum mat.

Its components include Knauf Insulation’s Urbanscape® needled mineral hydro blanket that uses no binders and has a superior retention of 90% of water by volume.

In addition to the various environmental benefits including energy efficiency and mitigating heat island effect, the highly visible green roof helps further educate students on green infrastructure and climate resilience.

 

Start Your Design

Any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space. Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to start your green roof transformation.

Urbanscape Detention logo by Knauf InsulationPurple-Roof PartnerThe image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool.  Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

Biodiverse green roof with shrubs and perennials planted into extensive sedum blankets.

world green roof day logoAncient Roots, Modern Innovations

Ancient roots, along with modern industry research and innovation, have inspired people across the globe to transform unused roofs into functional spaces. As a result, green roofs, or gardens in the sky, now dot urban skylines in every corner of the world from Iceland to Australia and from Africa to America.

Rooftop garden with native grasses

Celebrating Thousands of Green Roofs

Millenia has passed since the marvelous Hanging Gardens of Babylon once existed.  Today, on World Green Roof Day, we celebrate the many thousands of green roofs covering our planet.

 

More than Aesthetically Pleasing

From simple sod roofs to high performing, lightweight detention systems, beautiful, living green roofs are bringing nature back to our urban core. They are pleasing, healing and helping build resilient cities.

 

Stormwater Management to Habitat Restoration

For instance, the main benefits of green roofs are stormwater management and protection from the elements, such as flash floods and extreme heat. Also, green roofs offer habitat restoration, food security and urban agriculture.

Aerial View of residential home with green roof and solar panels.

Photovoltaics and Green Roofs

Furthermore, modern lightweight green roofs may be combined with solar panels to transform almost any rooftop into an ideal tool for urban sustainability and climate change adaptation.

Start Your Design

Any rooftop – whether industrial, commercial or residential – can be transformed into a useful, green space.

 

Stormwater Capture Co is a one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of  systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  We have custom green roofs that meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals. Contact us to start your green roof transformation.

Urbanscape Detention logo by Knauf Insulation

 

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As a Purple-Roof partner, Stormwater Capture Co has access to the latest green roof stormwater test data and related innovative hydrologic modeling tool.  Email or call (855) 786-7626 for stormwater calculations specific to your project.

 

 

Bees are critical to our Ecosystem

 

 

 

 

In the United States, there are over 4,000 species of native bees.  Bees are critical to our entire ecosystem. They are extremely important to humans and help plants reproduce through pollination. A Yale University study reports:

“One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest.” Honey bees support about $20 billion worth of crop production in the U.S. annually.

Declining Bee Population; How Green Roofs Help

Declining bee populations pose a threat to global food supply.

While there is no one single factor causing the decline, habitat loss is definitely on the list. Nevertheless, our cities of concrete and glass can take part in providing an urban refuge and help rebuild a declining population.  For instance, provide much needed green space on the rooftop!

Green Roofs Provide Urban Habitat

Green roofs benefit cities in many ways.  In addition to stormwater management, green roofs provide pollinator habitat and mitigate the urban heat island.

Biodiversity in the Urban Corridor

Lightweight, low maintenance green roof systems such as the StormCap™ include a variety of sedum species and can be customized to increase biodiversity.  The pre-grown, flexible sedum mat can easily and seamlessly integrate lightweight extensive systems with intensive systems that offer custom plants, native grasses and shrubs.  Varying depths of engineered growing medium are added under the sedum mat to create topographic variation and increased biodiversity.  StormCap™ with a BioBerm™, for instance, is the perfect solution for pollinators such as bees and butterflies

 

Finally, here is a link to a graphic novel you may enjoy, The Pollinator’s Corridor by New York City writer and artist Aaron Birk. It tells the story of bringing our pollinators back to the big cities.

Storm Water Capture Co.Stormwater Capture Co is your one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support.  We supply a range of systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs.  Custom designs meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals.

Contact Rodney Chaney for more info or design support at 855-786-7626 or rodney@stormwatercaptureco.com.

Green roof installation for stormwater management

Preparing for the Future, Despite Current Pandemic

Cape Cod Tech (north side) shows completed green roof with a wave of maroon pre-vegetated mats integrated with the green.

While the Covid-19 crisis has forced millions of students worldwide to work from home, a team of dedicated essential workers brave cold temperatures and nearly gale force winds to install the StormCap™ green roof system that helps the the new Cape Cod Technical High School prepare for extreme weather and climate change.

Dedicated Workers, Carefully Carry On

Pandemic and unseasonable weather aside, dedicated workers carefully carry on to meet summer occupancy deadlines.

Above all, to ensure everyone’s safety the local fire department took the temperature of each construction crew member at the start of the day. Furthermore, workers wore face masks, maintained health and safety measures and kept a safe distance throughout the day to complete the green roof installation as scheduled and help make this building more resilient to climate change in the future. With the vegetated roof, the building will better manage large rain storms and reduce runoff into sewers and reduce stormwater pollution.

 

Video of green roof installation

In this video, Stormwater Capture Co’s Rodney Chaney, shows part of the green roof installation process under Covid-19 measures.

Tech Innovation for the Region’s Tech School

The Cape Cod Technical School will be at the forefront of technological education in the region. Furthermore, its lucky students will be able to look out their window to see a 25,000 square foot green roof for a lesson in innovation and sustainable design. The StormCap™ system is a 4″ profile includes drainage, filter, retention, media and plant base. It weighs only 23 lbs/sf saturated and retains up to 1.59 gal/sf of stormwater. This innovative lightweight systems handles a 2.54″ rainstorm. Hence, reducing localized flooding. Its superior components include Knauf Insulation’s Urbanscape® needled mineral hydro blanket made of virgin rock fibre. This mineral wool uses no binders giving it superior retention of 90% of water by volume.

StormCap™ Green Roof System Benefits

The StormCap™ green roof offers a basket of environmental benefits to the building, its occupants and the wider community. Not only does it protect the roofing membrane, it may double its lifespan. A green roof helps save energy by keeping the building cooler. Even more, it offers students a close-up lesson on green infrastructure and sustainable design.

Cape Cod Tech’s south side side is visible to students and staff.

Cape Cod Tech Green Roof Facts

Developer: Colliers International

General Contractor: Brait Builders Corporation

Architect: Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc

Landscape Architect: Warner Larson, Inc

Installer Team: Green Wood Industries was the roofer and a sister company The Waterproofing Company provided the installation team to complete the green roof phase.

Roof system: The StormCap Extensive Green Roof  System installed over a Saranfil 410 PVC which was vector mapped for leaks prior to the green roof install.

Green roof system is the StormCap™ 2.5+1 retention green roof.  This maximized the saturated weight of 23lbs and allowed for a nominal 4″ depth including drainage, filter, retention, media and plant base.  Vegetation will grow to an average 6-9″ depth.

Stormwater Capture Co supplies a range of systems from lightweight and biodiverse to detention green roofs.  Furthermore, sedum blankets and base layers are customizable to meet specific stormwater management goals and can easily be cut to fit any shape and design.​

For an estimate or design support for your project please contact Rodney at 855-786-7626 or rodney@stormwatercaptureco.com.

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Video explains innovation in rooftop stormwater detention

Watch the video at link below to compare traditional green roof systems to the StormCap™+Detention that delays runoff and reduces peak runoff intensity.

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Ready to face second day and extra-large storms

The image conveys this system is powered by the Purple-Roof concept.

StormCap™+Detention, powered by the Purple Roof Concept and enhanced by Knauf Urbanscape® ‘s needled mineral wool, offers quick recharge hence facilitates repeat performance.

StormCap™+Detention: Delays and Reduces Peak Runoff Intensity

The StormCap™+Detention pre-vegetated system is an innovation resulting from decades of international experience and exhaustive green roof research.  StormCap™+Detention delays runoff and reduces peak runoff intensity thus complies with stormwater detention requirements for design storms.

 

Start your design!

Email Rodney Chaney, Technical Sales Manager or call 855-786-7626 Ext 6

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