Bees are critical to our Ecosystem

Watch a video of native bees nesting in urban park.  Attend live, free green roof webinar.

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.

Stormwater Capture Co presents live webinar on green roofs.

Join us for the free, live, LACES-approved (1 PDH) presentation.  Learn more and register for webinar, here.

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

 

The Pollinator’s Corridor: Graphic novel set in the Bronx
by Aaron Birk

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Defining Retention and Detention

The latest issue of Living Architecture Magazine offers an enlightening read on retention versus detention in green roofs.

Untangling Stormwater Retention and Detention is written by landscape architect, software engineer and green infrastructure researcher Brad Garner.  Over the years, Brad has worked closely with Joshua Robinson, a hydrologic engineer and together they do testing, monitoring and research at Green Roof Diagnostics.

A More Consistent Understanding

Brad found that the use of retention and detention terminology is inconsistent among researchers, hydrologists, and civil engineers around the world. In his article, Brad spells out a more hydrologically consistent understanding of retention versus detention. Understanding the difference helps assess and improve green roof performance.

At Stormwater Capture Co, we offer webinars on this subject. (Register free below.)  Here, we provide the distinction between the two.

Retention image shows water flowing out of faucet and being retained in a sponge and not reaching the faucet.

Retained water stays in the sponge and never reaches the drain.

Retention Defined

Keeping something or continuing to have something.

On a green roof, retained water will eventually be taken up by the plants or evaporated back to the atmosphere. Retention is important for plant survival and annual runoff reduction.

The image on the right shows a sponge that is retaining water. A saturated sponge needs to be wrung before it can soak up water again. Similarly, a saturated green roof needs to dry out and recharge.

Retention depends on Mother Nature to dry between rainfalls. Therefore it is not effective in managing back-to-back storms.

 

Water coming out of the faucet is delayed by going through a funnel and spiral which delays the water from getting to the drain.

Detained water is delayed and reaches the drain later at a slower rate.

Detention Defined

Keeping something from proceeding temporarily or delaying something.

On a green roof, detained water is held up on the roof and is allowed to slowly come out via control flow drains or friction detention layers.

As the image on the right illustrates, detention delays and reduces peak flow. During a heavy storm, detention helps prevent overloading the storm sewers and flash floods.

Detention does not depend on Mother Nature and works particularly well with back-to-back storms.

 

The StormCap™+Detention green roof system is a reliable and quantifiable stormwater management tool.

 

Advanced Green Roof Systems with Retention and Detention

Both retention and detention strategies are required to alleviate the burden of heavy stormwater on cities’ infrastructure.  Green roofs with retention and detention technology are a reliable stormwater management tool.

Green roof systems such as StormCap™ and StormCap™+Detention are powered by Urbanscape® and tailored to meet unique stormwater management needs. StormCap™+Detention pictured on the left uses innovative friction detention technology based on the Purple-Roof concept. It is a reliable and quantifiable stormwater management tool that reduces or eliminates cisterns and frees up valuable space.

 

 

Learn more about Green Roofs with Retention and Detention

May 20, 2021 1:00 PM

Sasha Aguilera - Green Roof Consultant

Sasha Aguilera and Rodney Chaney present a LACES-approved webinar (1PDH)

Engineering Vegetated Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Management.

Learning objectives include:

1.The distinction between stormwater retention and detention

2. The importance of detention in urban centers

Rodney Chaney

3. Existing roof top technologies

4. Using biomimicry to re-engineer vegetated roofing system

5. Collaboration: Landscape Architects, Architects, Civil Engineers

 

 

Webinar Reviews

“Amazing presentation. Highly recommended you catching the next one.”  Peter McQuaid, President and Founder, MCQ Sales LLC 

“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.

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.

This blog is co-written by Cristina Senjug, Stormwater Capture Co’s communication manager & green roof specialist Dr. Karen Liu.

Year-round Benefits

In the first part of our winter green roof series, we wrote about my residential green roof of nearly 12 years. We described how the hardy, lightweight system made it through the winter and how the sedum vegetation adapted to the cold. In this second part, we will discuss a couple of the green roof systems’ year round benefits – how they save energy and help manage stormwater in the winter.

Cool in the summer, Warmer in winter

A research study showed that typical extensive green roofs can reduce heat flow through the roof by 70-90% in the summer and 10-30% in the winter compared to a regular roof.  In the summer, when the sunshine hits the roof membrane, some of the incident heat is reflected but most of it is conducted through the roof into the building, thus the need for air conditioning.  Naturally, added insulation and a reflective roof coating can help reduce the heat gain.

Green roofs reduce the heat gain through the roof  in four ways:  shading, insulation, evapotranspiration and thermal mass.  The plant materials shade the roof to keep it cool.  Water evaporates from the growing substrate and the plants and cools the roof – similar to what sweating does to our skin.  The growing substrate provides some insulation but mostly acts as a thermal buffer to moderate the heat flow – taking up energy during the day and releases it back to the atmosphere in the evening.  This cools our building in the summer.

Green roof traps snow, good insulation

In the winter, the frozen vegetation helps trap snow, a good insulation, on the roof.  As the green roof freezes during winter dormancy, air trapped in the media void space reduces convective heat transfer by the cold winter wind on the roof surface.  The additional thermal mass reduces thermal fluctuations and heat loss from my studio.  I am happy to know that my green roof, despite the plants being in dormancy, still saves on heating in the winter, although not as much as it cools in the summer.

Spring is on its way! Snow Melt and Runoff

Stormwater management is perhaps the biggest driver for green roofs in North America right now.  During heavy rainstorms, runoff from roadways and rooftops often overwhelms storm sewer infrastructure causing flash floods and combined sewer overflow (CSO).  These damage buildings and infrastructure, and pollute our waterways.

The plants and growing substrate in green roofs soak up the rain, reduce the peak flow and runoff volume.  The stormwater management potential depends on the green roof buildup such as the type of vegetation, the growing medium depth, incorporation of retention and detention components and the climatic conditions.  A research study showed that typical extensive green roofs can reduce the annual runoff volume by 57%.

Variety of sedum plants peeking from under snow on a residental green roof.Snow on a green roof melts slower, delays runoff

Stormwater runoff is not usually a major concern in the winter as everything is frozen.  However, melted snow produces considerable runoff in the spring and can add burden to our sewer infrastructure.  Green roofs, having larger frozen mass, take longer time to thaw.  Remember how long it takes to thaw a frozen turkey at Thanksgiving?  Compared to a regular roof, the snow on a green roof will melt slower and delay runoff. It stretches over a longer time, depending on its buildup and the climatic conditions. Hence, relieving the burden on the sewer infrastructure during snow melt in spring.

My green roof is still doing its job helping the environment in the winter, even if at a reduced degree.  As I write this blog, I cannot stop thinking about the hardy sedum resting quietly under the snow blanket.  They will soon bounce back to life again as they have for the past 12 years – signaling a new beginning.

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 on Mastery Charter Camden School

Engineering Vegetated Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Management

Live Webinar

Register, Free:

March 25, 2021 1:00 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.  See learning objectives below.

 

REVIEWS

“Amazing presentation. Highly recommended you catching the next one.”  Peter McQuaid, President and Founder, MCQ Sales LLC 

“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 

As of March 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 centers.

 

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

Attend Live Webinar

Engineering Vegetated Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Management

Camden Green RoofRegister free for LACES™ approved webinar(1PDH).

Space is limited.

 

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.

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.