Green Roof on Mastery Charter Camden School

Engineering Vegetated Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Management

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March 11, 2021 1:00 PM

March 25, 2021 1:00 PM

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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.  See learning objectives below.

 

REVIEWS

“Great opportunity and a pleasure.”Thanks to the speakers for their invaluable knowledge.” Francisca Tapia Jr Sustainability Consultant, ABUD

“Excellent seminar” Dan DiMucci, Pennoni Sr. Consultant, RLA 

“Exceptional resources for integrating green roof design with storm water management strategies.  Interactive….a lot of valuable design information.” Meg Needle Lord Aeck Sargent, AIA Atlanta

“The presentation was highly informative, and I personally learned a lot. I found the design tools particularly helpful.” Ganesh Nayak, President, Metier Consulting

 

Stormwater Capture Co Your Green Roof Specialist logo over an image of a green roof on a condo in an urban city.

1 LA/CES PDH Webinar Learning Objectives

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

 

Presenters

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

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

Rodney Chaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Insulation

The 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.

Testing, Monitoring and Research by Green Roof Diagnostics

Unbiased, scientific research for the green infrastructure industry.

Let’s Work to Meet New Jerseys Groundbreaking Stormwater Rule 

Starting March 2, 2021, NJ State requires green infrastructure (GI) on all new major development to better protect water quality and reduce polluted runoff.  “Major development” means an individual “development” as well as multiple developments that individually or collectively:

      1. Disturb of one or more acres of land
      2. Result in one-quarter acre or more of “regulated impervious surface”
      3. Result in one-quarter acre or more of “regulated motor vehicle surface”
      4. A combination of 2 and 3 above that totals an area of one-quarter acre or more.

 

Vegetated roof cross-section shows the vegetation layer on top of growing media, rock mineral wool, a detention layer and root barrier.

StormCap™+Detention is green infrastructure technology that mimics watersheds and aquifers to help mitigate urban flooding. Reliable during back-to-back storms.

Green Infrastructure mimics the natural water cycle

GI includes a broad range of technologies such as rain gardens, bioretention basins, vegetated swales and green roofs such as the StormCap™ and StormCap+Detention systems. These mimic the natural hydrological cycle by capturing, filtering, absorbing and/or re-using stormwater (SW). This entire process of managing stormwater (SW) runoff occurs close to its source.

Engineered Green Roofs help meet the NJ Rule 

The NJ rule’s emphasis is on source control and encourages multiple, smaller scale GIs that better mimic nature and  manage runoff on-site.  Engineered green roofs such as the one shown on the left are an ideal source control mechanism for dense urban centres.

 

Vegetated roofs build storm and flood resilience

Vegetated roofs hold back water at the roof level and manage SW through retention and detention.  They receive rainwater at the source (the roof), store it, hold it back, and release a portion back into the atmosphere to complete the natural water cycle.

 

Learn More about Retention and Detention Technology

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Ready for Your Next Green Roof? 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 Insulation

The 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.

Testing, Monitoring and Research by Green Roof Diagnostics

Unbiased, scientific research for the green infrastructure industry.

Green Roof on Mastery Charter Camden School

Engineering Vegetated Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Management Live Webinar

Register, free:

Feb 18, 2021 1:00 PM

 

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. Space is limited.  See learning objectives below.

 

REVIEWS

“Great opportunity and a pleasure.”Thanks to the speakers for their invaluable knowledge.” Francisca Tapia Jr Sustainability Consultant, ABUD

“Excellent seminar” Dan DiMucci, Pennoni Sr. Consultant, RLA 

“Exceptional resources for integrating green roof design with storm water management strategies.  Interactive….a lot of valuable design information.” Meg Needle Lord Aeck Sargent, AIA Atlanta

“The presentation was highly informative, and I personally learned a lot. I found the design tools particularly helpful.” Ganesh Nayak, President, Metier Consulting

 

Stormwater Capture Co Your Green Roof Specialist logo over an image of a green roof on a condo in an urban city.

1 LA/CES PDH Webinar Learning Objectives

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

 

Presenters

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

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

Rodney Chaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Insulation

The 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.

Testing, Monitoring and Research by Green Roof Diagnostics

Unbiased, scientific research for the green infrastructure industry.

Two installers on rooftop installing growing media on a snowy wintery day.

Installing Green Roofs at 20 Degrees

Construction schedule and handoff deadlines sometimes push green roofs towards seasonal freezeouts.

Many think of winter as the last time of year you would choose to install a green roof. However, with the proper planning, this season of hibernation and dormancy can yield a great result in spring.

Benefits of Winter Installation

Green roofs installed on mild winter days 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 spend their energy flowering. In autumn, plants divert more energy to root establishment and the sedum plants begin their process of dormancy and energy conservation to ensure their long-term survival.

While fall, spring or an early mild summer can be great times to install a green roof, winter installs will be equally successful as long as some key factors are considered.

The Arcade Sunshine green roof in January. Sedums in winter dormancy lose their flowers and change colour to creat a beautiful living carpet of reds, browns and deep purples.

CASE STUDY

December Green Roof Installation of Arcade Sunshine Condos 

Stormwater Capture Co provided material and install assistance for a 20,000 sf green roof on Arcade Sunshine Condos, an adapted textile mill and new building structures, in Washington, DC. Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the green roof sections were installed in December – a year apart. While the first phase saw milder winter days in the mid 40’s, the second phase saw mornings starting in the teens and topping out in the mid 30’s.  Green roofs in winter dormancy lose their flowers and change colour, creating a beautiful landscape of reds, browns, and deep purples. Coniferous sedum plants retreat to form a dense mat of glossy and fleshy leaves, while the leaves of deciduous sedum species completely fall off.

Green Roof System: Extensive StormCap Green Roof

Size: 20,000 sf

Phase 1 installation: Oct-Dec 2018

Phase 2 installation: December 17-20 2019

Tips for long term performance

  • Keep an eye on the daily and weekly weather forecast. An 18 degree dawn staging can yield above freezing temps by mid-morning.  For example, Phase 2 of the Arcade Sunshine saw average morning temperatures of 18 degrees fahrenheit at 6 a.m. then heated up to around 38 degrees fahrenheit by noon.
  • Base layers can be installed as long as they are pliable. Filter fabric and retention layer components need to be kept dry and from freezing on the roll. If saturated, they will not thaw easily. However, if there is enough radiant heat from sunlight, these components can shed some superficial moisture and frost by laying them in the sun.
  • As some of these components are dark they will absorb heat which can make them easier to unroll and will evaporate some morning frost.
  • Growing media can be provided in bulk or in super sacks (1.5cy landscape totes). If the media is kept in large hoppers or piles its mass can keep everything but the outer layer from freezing solid well into below freezing temperatures. It is important to move smaller and install media sacks quickly otherwise they can become frozen solid and difficult to work and grade. Radiant heat from a cold but sunny day, helps loosen the media further on the roof to allow for grading and planting.

Sedum Mats Pre-Grown Outdoors Acclimatize Best

  • Sedum mats pre-grown outdoors in a similar climate acclimatize best. On the east coast, mat harvesters will likely close down after new year through March as the ground freezes binding the sedum mats to the ground making harvest impossible. We can coordinate with you to schedule a harvest (and possible short term cool storage) until site conditions and delivery make sense.
  • Pre-cultivated mats should have a minimum of 80 per cent coverage upon installation and should be grown on the farm for 12-18 months to insure a healthy root base and reduce the possibility of erosion of growing media.
  • Ensure vegetation is established upon installation; avoid cuttings or installing plugs in frozen media. During this time of year it’s not worth the time and effort as many cuttings or plugs will dry out completely reducing coverage drastically.
  • If cutting or plugs are used then planting should wait until spring. Base layers and media can still be installed if the conditions allow. A protection fleece should be installed and secured to make sure weed seed banks or wind scour of media is kept to a minimum.

Long Term Survival

Diverse species and sedum selection will better ensure probability of long term survival. Our standard mat option includes many drought and cold tolerant species. We can work with you to provide the best plug or mat options for your specific roof, climate, and design intent.

Foot Traffic and Irrigation

Keep foot traffic over frost-covered plants to a minimum as this will rupture the cellular structure of dormant plants. Consequently, they can suffer disease or die off.

As plants wake out of dormancy in spring, temporary irrigation is important to promote growth. Depending on the climate, irrigate in mid-March or April to get the plants off to a good start but do not overwater.

Contact us with questions or for a quote on green roof systems with installation and maintenance assistance (virtual or on-site). We hope to have the opportunity to work with you this winter!

 

Ready to Design or Install a Green Roof? Contact us!

Transform any rooftop, whether industrial, commerical of residential, 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 Insulation

The 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.

Testing, Monitoring and Research by Green Roof Diagnostics

Unbiased, scientific research for the green infrastructure industry.

Green Roof on Mastery Charter Camden School

Engineering Vegetated Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Management Live Webinars.

Register, free:

Feb 4, 2021 1:00 PM

Feb 18, 2021 1:00 PM

 

 

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. Space is limited.  See learning objectives below.

 

REVIEWS

“Great opportunity and a pleasure.”Thanks to the speakers for their invaluable knowledge.” Francisca Tapia Jr Sustainability Consultant, ABUD

“Excellent seminar” Dan DiMucci, Pennoni Sr. Consultant, RLA 

“Exceptional resources for integrating green roof design with storm water management strategies.  Interactive….a lot of valuable design information.” Meg Needlerd Aeck Sargent, AIA Atlanta

“The presentation was highly informative, and I personally learned a lot. I found the design tools particularly helpful.” Ganesh Nayak, President, Metier Consulting

 

Stormwater Capture Co Your Green Roof Specialist logo over an image of a green roof on a condo in an urban city.

1 LA/CES PDH Webinar Learning Objectives

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

 

Presenters

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

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

Rodney Chaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Insulation

The 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.

Testing, Monitoring and Research by Green Roof Diagnostics

Unbiased, scientific research for the green infrastructure industry.

Green roof shown in foreground surrounded by tall skyscapers in urban setting.

To register, click  below:

Dec 17, 2020 1:00 PM

 

 

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. Space is limited.  See learning objectives below.

 

REVIEWS

Meg Needle, Senior Associate, Lord Aeck Sargent, AIA Atlanta: “Exceptional resources for integrating green roof design with storm water management strategies. The presentation included ‘soup to nuts’ info. Interactive….a lot of valuable design information.”

Ganesh Nayak, President, Metier Consulting: “The presentation was highly informative, and I personally learned a lot. I found the design tools particularly helpful.”

Webinar Learning Objectives

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

Presenters

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

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

Rodney Chaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Insulation

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

As a Purple-Roof sponsor, 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.

Testing, Monitoring and Research by Green Roof Diagnostics

Unbiased, scientific research for the green infrastructure industry.

Join Us for Engineering Vegetated Roofing Systems to Optimize Stormwater Management

REGISTER: Nov 19, 2020 01:00 PM; Space is Limited

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.  See learning objectives below.

 

REVIEWS

Meg Needle, Senior Associate, Lord Aeck Sargent, AIA Atlanta: “Exceptional resources for integrating green roof design with storm water management strategies. The presentation included ‘soup to nuts’ info. Interactive….a lot of valuable design information.”

Ganesh Nayak, President, Metier Consulting: “The presentation was highly informative, and I personally learned a lot. I found the design tools particularly helpful.”

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

Presenters

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

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

Rodney Chaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

As a Purple-Roof sponsor, 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.

Urban Flood Image

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.

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.

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

Rodney Chaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

As a Purple-Roof sponsor, 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 Gantt 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.