Green Roofs Australasia Newsletter

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 GREETINGS FROM THE GRA PRESIDENT

BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL SHINES THE GREEN LIGHT 

Developers will be encouraged to include GREEN ROOFS and communal space on new apartment projects under proposed changes to Brisbane’s City Plan.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the amendments to the city plan on Sept 12 which will allow developers to incorporate a rooftop communal area without listing it as an additional storey.
"The proposed changes to the Brisbane City Plan will formalise council support for rooftop gardens and green spaces in new residential developments. These changes will allow new developments to include a rooftop communal area, without listing it as an additional storey,” Quirk said.  “Council will also have the ability to ask developers to incorporate and maintain green spaces on the rooftops and walls of new apartment buildings, to support our vision of a clean, green and sustainable city. ”

The move by council will make it easier for developers to deliver higher quality and more comfortable and useable spaces. The roofscape of high density buildings is a huge opportunity to deliver world-class amenity for residents. Under the current rules, any roofed structure on an apartment building rooftop is defined as a “storey”. This means that a 10-storey apartment building with a fixed shade structure over a BBQ area or pool has been defined as 11-storeys under the City Plan.If the acceptance outcome for the site’s building height is 10 storeys, this has meant that the proposal is non-compliant. To avoid this, developers have had to provide rooftops without appropriate shading to protect its residents and visitors from Brisbane’s hot climate.

Quirk said that creating greenspace was one of the key messages of council's ratepayer-funded "Plan Your Brisbane" campaign.“Brisbane is Australia’s most biodiverse capital city, with more species of native plants and wildlife than any other in Australia and new developments that incorporate greenery contribute to our vision of creating a city of urban gardens.”

 

THE GREEN BUZZ IN SAN FRANCISCO 

PROJECT OF THE MONTH

Some of the older members may recall hearing about this project at our 2011 conference in Sydney from RANA CREEK landscape architect keynote speaker, Raphael Garcia. Well now it's completed and the magnificent green roof has survived any budgetry concerns! YES! San Francisco's new $2.2 billion transit center, the 'Grand Central Station of the West,' is officially open to the public .

Located in a colossal white building that snakes its way through the city’s downtown South of Market district, the transit project was almost two decades in the making and was designed as a much-needed improvement to San Francisco’s notoriously clogged transportation systems. Routes on eleven bus lines stop at the transit center. In the future, so too will Caltrain, the Bay Area’s commuter-rail services, and California’s High Speed Rail, which will run between there and Los Angeles.

The center’s urban design has drawn comparisons to New York’s new Oculus transit station, while its rooftop park has been likened to The High Line in New York, a park that’s located on a former elevated rail line. But its new nickname harkens back further into Gotham’s history.The center has been dubbed the “Grand Central Station of the West.” It’s an apt moniker, given the building’s scale and $US2.2 billion budget.

 

Take a look around San Francisco’s new"Grand Central Station":-

 

SKYLIGHTS
 Image: Domed skylights bathes the Grand Hall with natural light.

Within the Transit Hub there are various access points to connect with surrounding buildings, shopping facility and transport services. On the fourth level there is public access to the urban green roof park with child friendly play areas, water features and walking trails with exercise equipment.

Image: Entry to the fourth level green roof public park.

Image: Roof Plan. The green roof park is wedged between existing building over a length of 6 city blocks and has not disrupted the road or pedestrian traffic infrastructuire since completion.

Image: The rooftop park has a diverse variety of planting from trees to shrubs & groundcovers

Image: How green infrastructure can be seamlessly incorporated into into existing grey infrastructure.

NOTE TO SELF FOR CITY PLANNERS, ARCHITECTS & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS - IT IS POSSIBLE.

THINK GREEN ..... USING PLANTS AS THE SOLUTION.

Matt Dillon

GRA President.



AWARDS

2018 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects VIC Award  – Aspect Studios – Category – Small Projects – Tarrawarra Abbey

 

OUR Congratulations to Aspect Studios and all the team at FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA that designed and installed the green roof. 

 

267m2 – Semi-Intensive Sloping Indigenous Roof Garden at Turrawarra Abbey

Fytogreen DESIGNED installed a 200mm deep profile picturesque roof top garden on the new Fire Shelter at Tarrawarra Abbey.  Part of the roof garden includes a 22ø slope section with a 300mm deep profile. A total 2,100 plants were used, spread between 24 species.As a response to the potential threat on extreme weather days, the green roof to this building can be wet-up via the sub soil irrigation system using site captured water with a pump on generator power.

AWARD WINNNING PROJECT:  2018 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects VIC Award  – Aspect Studios – Category – Small Projects – Tarrawarra Abbey

PROFESSIONAL GREEN ROOF DESIGN TIPS_IRRIGATION 

This is a new addition to our Newsletter because it's important that we share information for Professional Development.

 We all know that global temperatures are following suit with heat waves wrecking havoc across the planet.  2018 is on pace to be the 4th-hottest year on record. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via CNN).

This underlines the importance of considering very carefully the requirements for inclusion of permanent irrigation systems on intensive green roofs and in planters, whether they’re in London, Aberdeen, or wherever.

The total absence of or the provision of inadequate irrigation systems is one of the commonest reasons for planting failures on green roofs or within planters at either ground or roof level – regardless of rising heat rates.  Here we take a quick look at some of the pressures and solutions for providing much-needed irrigation to our green spaces, but with an emphasis on green roofs.

With increasing urbanisation and higher density living, planners, landscape architects, and architects are trying to provide more affordable, high-quality, desirable living spaces that each have a sense of unique identity.  And these locations very often incorporate green spaces or green elements within their designs.

This is all well and good.  However, without providing the necessary elements for the plants to thrive, i.e., light, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, and a means to anchor their roots, no matter how well-meaning the intentions are, the long-term performance of the trees, shrubs or vegetation is undoubtedly compromised.

.So why do we see so many planters incorporating trees and hedging that could quickly exceed these basic requirements for growth – least of all water?

There are numerous permanent irrigation solutions available on the market, supplied either as part of the planter/green roof solution or as optional extras – and these can either be automated or manually operated.

Why go to all the expense of providing a system, actually either intensive or extensive, and plantings and possibly missing out on years of enjoyment for a small increase in the installation cost?
Image: Chester Bus Interchange extensive green roof, UK.

Permanent Irrigation Components

Typically, but not necessarily exclusively, a permanent irrigation system includes the following components:

1. Mains water and power
2. Tank, pump and housing
3. Control box or programmer
4. Water feed pipes, solenoids and associated signal cabling
5. A means of applying the water, i.e., drippers or pop-up sprinklers
6. Finally, training!

There’s little point in offering an automatic irrigation system unless the operator understands how to program and operate the controls.  Training for the FM (facilities management) provider or client is very important unless the irrigation system is operated remotely by a third party via the web.

This all might sound a bit complicated and another problem to think about, but you might be surprised at how compact and simple some of the systems are.

Built-in Irrigation Reservoirs

Alternatively, if your pockets don’t stretch for an automated system, then there are many other non-automated solutions that could make a big difference to the performance, health and longevity of your planting – if there is a maintenance provider to actually manage them, regularly.

Uniform planting – where there is a single form of planting such herbaceous perennials within an area of green roof then the application of water can be controlled by a single solenoid – a pressure compensated drip line can be installed and secured on the substrate surface, usually under the mulch layer.  At the appropriate time of day (or night) the irrigation controller turns the water supply on for a set duration so irrigating the plants uniformly.

Mixed planting – where the planting is mixed, i.e., lawn, trees and herbaceous, then the theory remains the same but the method of application may vary, i.e., drip line for some areas and pop up sprinklers for the lawn.  Each distinct type of planting could require its own solenoid to take into account the duration and quantity of water that is required for that particular type of planting.

Over application – to avoid over application of water to the planting beds, a simple soil moisture meter or rain gauge is incorporated into the control system circuit.  This enables the irrigation controller to tailor the amount of water applied to each of the areas.  However, owing to the proximity of some green roofs to building facades and the potential problems this could present with regards to rain shadow, or that radiated from the adjacent surfaces, more than one moisture sensor may be required and each one carefully located to reflect an accurate and true moisture reading.

By specifying the correct green roof system or planter to suit the final planting density and, very importantly, the carefully considered plant selection, applying sound annual horticultural practices such as mulching, feeding, a structured maintenance programme, and installing plants at a size that enables slow acclimatisation to their new environment can mean less reliance on expensive permanent irrigation systems.

It’s simple, unobtrusive and I expect most people wouldn’t even realize what was inside it as the pump operates during the night when the garden is less frequented. Alternatively, for larger and noisier units, the tank, pump, and controller can be located within a dedicated plant room away from the garden.

Consider Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems Early

None of the above removes the requirement for good sound horticultural practice such as weeding, seasonal mulching, thinning out the plantings, appropriate feeding or installing the plants at a size that enables them to slowly acclimatise to their new environment.

Nor does it mean that the planting scheme should be less well adapted to cope with those peaks in temperatures that we’re increasingly experiencing.  Including an irrigation system shouldn’t be seen as a temporary fix to enable unsuitable plantings to struggle through prolonged periods of high temperatures.

We’re seeing increasing requests from clients to retrofit permanent irrigation systems on established, but possibly struggling, green roofs and planters.  These retrofits are not only expensive, but cause disruption to tenants and client who are occupying the premises – disruption and expense that could have been avoided with more initial discussion during the concept and design stages of the project.

So to summarise, we are undoubtedly experiencing more frequent periods of unseasonably higher temperatures.  Combine this with the already demanding environments of roofs, planters, and facades where we expect plants to not only grow, but to thrive.  We need to be re-looking and re-appraising all aspects of the systems that we are offering – and asking ourselves ‘Can we do better?’  Only in this way can we help, in our small way, to make our urban spaces the pleasurable environments that they really ought to be

 


 EVENTS

2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards

The 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards will be held on Thursday 11 October as part of the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, to be held in the Gold Coast, QLD.



JOIN IN for an evening of friends, food, drinks & celebration, as we celebrate and recognise the very best of Australian landscape architecture. As the first major event of the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, the National Landscape Architecture Awards brings our industry together to mark another year of exceptional achievement in shaping Australia's landscapes.The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is a celebration of the leading projects shaping green, open and public spaces across Australia. The annual awards program acknowledges the growing impact of landscape architecture on the spaces we inhabit, and recognises projects that stand out for their innovative approaches, that push the boundaries, or are considered to be of national significance.

 

 

 


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NATIONAL NEWS

> The green roofs saving on energy costs
 

 
 
 
 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS






 

 

RESEARCH UPDATE


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RECENT PROJECTS

Fytogreen Hydrocell 40 / Eureka turf

Bolte Facility on the Yarra, Melbourne

Facebook HQ’s rooftop park designed by Frank Gehry.

Angel Hospital, Venice

 

For more projects and details, please visit our Project Gallery.  

 


 

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

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GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY / SIKA / ENVIROSYSTEMS

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SILVER SPONSORS:

ANDREASENS GREEN / KNAUF INSULATION / THE HILLS BARK BLOWER / DCTECH

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GREETINGS FROM THE GRA PRESIDENT

Greetings to all GRA Members,

During June we will be focused on Urban Agriculture & Biophilic Design so stay posted!

Our presence on social media has spiked over the past six months. Here's where you can follow us:-

Green Roofs Australasia Facebook Facebook    Green Roofs Australasia Instagram Instagram    Green Roofs Australasia LinkedIn LinkedIn    Green Roofs Australasia Twitter Twitter    Green Roofs Australasia YouTube YouTube

GRA welcomes your feedback to help us promote the further incorporation of Building Integrated Vegetation (BIV) systems; aka 'green roofs & living walls'!

GRA sits between the Landscape Industry & the Construction Industry which is not easy! None-the-less we have endured and established a bridge between these two industries over the past eleven years. At present, our main challenge is to remain flexible and respond to the major drivers of transitional change towards 'green infrastructure planning', of which, BIV systems are a significant component. The TBL benefits we promote are profound and in essence, are a 'no-brainer' towards the mitigation of climate change.

I believe the main drivers are linked to increases in urban population and the availability of healthy food.

Urban density is manageable, if there is a proportionate balance of green spaces which provide biophilic benefits from within, on & around the built environment. Singapore has proved that this is possible with the innovative, financial and legislative support from the government.

Urban agriculture is also a viable option using green roof and living wall systems to supplement traditional practices, that are under threat from climate variability, landscape degradation, transport-related emissions, labour costs and lack of government support. China has proved that this is possible by building new 'green cities' with equal building heights connected by bridges that link vegetated amenity and urban agriculture spaces with sustainable water management and GHG emission reduction design.

The technology is available to build carbon-neutral architecture, however as humans, we also need the incorporation of plants for our inherent happiness and well-being - we need plants in the same way that we need air to breathe and water to sustain us.

During June we'll be posting more information on urban agriculture and biophilic design.

We also look forward to receiving your feedback in the form of:

  • recent article links that you've found
  • new projects that you've completed or heard about
  • images, references to research, new legislation
  • innovative industry practices
  • educated opinions and comment

GRA welcomes two new sponsors:

  • The Hills Bark Blower: The experts at providing best practice delivery & installation of growing media for green roofs & living walls at any height. [Read More].
  • Design Composite Technologies (DCTech): Providing 'total system solution' technology for green star compliant thermal efficiency, optimum acoustic & fire performance. [Read More.]

GRA on the International Stage:

GRA has been building international networks globally for the past 10 years. In 2018 Dr Jana Soderlund, GRA executive for Western Australia will be presenting at the IFLA Conference in Singapore & Matthew Dillon will be presenting at the WGIC2018 Bengalore.

New Zealand:

Zoe Cooper, the NZ Executive spoke at the NZILA Conference just over a week ago on green infrastructure and specifically on the new Hundertwasser Living Roof Project. Zoe also spoke at TEDx Tutukākā on green infrastructure and how the incorporation of this technology can change not just the fabric of our cities but our lives with the connection to nature.  This has been edited and sent to TED in NY - they decide whether to publish on TED website.

Follow the blog:-
https://www.4sight.consulting/blog/2018/4/12/tedx-tutukaka-tapuwae-footprints-in-our-sand

First Living Roof Guide for NZ - has been approved by Whangarei District Council - in final revision mode and will go to print / available to public June 2018 a transcript will be posted on to our website.

Warm regards from all of us at GRA.

Matthew Dillon (GRA President)

 


  

EVENTS

 


World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC), Bengaluru, India
5-7 June, 2018
 
 
 
18-21 July, 2018
 
 

CitiesAlive, New York City, USA
24-28 September, 2018
 

NATIONAL NEWS

 
 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 
 

RECENT PROJECTS

Uni SA Great Hall Sloping Roof Garden

Adelaide, Australia

Rozelle Green Wall

Sydney, Australia

For more projects and details, please visit our Project Gallery.  

 


 

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

Fytogreen-logo

GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY / SIKA / ENVIROSYSTEMS

 ILD-logo GWC-logosika-logoenvirosystems-greenroofsaustralasia

SILVER SPONSORS:

ANDREASENS GREEN / KNAUF INSULATION / THE HILLS BARK BLOWER / DCTECH

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As a not-for-profit association, we depend on financial payments for membership in order to provide the website services. In order to promote our industry and raise general community awareness GRA has provided FREE membership, however, this has a limited website access. Paid membership provides access to all areas of the website. For our current sponsorship pricing, please click here.


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 Melbourne City - Venue of the 2018 Green City Conference (IMAGE: Envirotec Magazine)

Melbourne City - Venue of the 2018 Green City Conference (IMAGE: Envirotec Magazine)

GREETINGS FROM THE GRA PRESIDENT

Greetings to all GRA members,

During 2018 we will continue to expand our social media presence and improve the benefits and the experience for our members and website users. To date, our green followers are rapidly increasing due to a renewed consistency with postings on Instagram; FaceBook; Twitter and LinkedIn which has translated into a surge in hits for our website.

The benefits of green roofs and living walls are well documented internationally, however with so much information traffic flowing into our lives now, the main challenge for us remains as Raising Awareness.

Please support us in this task by sending information on projects, links or news that you know of. Local community projects like street verges, rain gardens, council initiatives, urban farming plots, living walls, green roofs or if you're a professional then post your projects in our Project Gallery. Contact us by email on info@graus.com.au

I will be speaking at the AIPH Green City Conference on the 22nd March in Melbourne. The theme is “Towards a Healthy and Sustainable City” and aims to demonstrate how Green Cities are cities where people want to live, how it helps them and how ‘living green’ is used to achieve this. A brief summary of topics are:-

  • Why Melbourne is the World’s Most Liveable City: Melbourne City Council will outline how they use living green to enhance the quality of life for citizens and how this contributes to Melbourne being named the world’s most liveable city for seven years in a row.
  • Making Cities Greener in Australia: NGIA will introduce Australian initiatives for city greening including progress with their Vision 202020 initiative to increase city greening by 20% by 2020.
  • Making high-density cities more healthy through greening: Dr. Melanie Davern Senior Research Fellow, Healthy Liveable Cities Group, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • The role of parks in making people healthier: Neil McCarthy, CEO of World Urban Parks will explain how well-designed and implemented parks improve the health of citizens
  • Using Green Infrastructure to improve Seoul: President of Korean Landscape Institute
  • Blue/Green Integration;  using living green to improve water management: Prof. Tony Wong, CEO of CRC for Water Sensitive Cities is an expert on managing water in cities. He will explain why managing the relationship between water and landscape within a city is so critical.
  • The contribution made by Green Roofs to making cities sustainable: Matthew Dillon, President of Green Roofs Australasia
  • Creating and maintaining a ‘city in a garden’: Andy Kwek, Senior Director at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore will talk about how Singapore has developed into being a City in a Garden, how it is addressing the challenges of being a green city in the future and why this matters to Singapore.

The conference will be part of the International Flower & Garden Show with tours and events over three days. If you're a plant lover then this will be an extraordinary event so hopefully, I will see some of you there.

Until next month "Think Sustainable ....Think Green",

Regards 

Matt Dillon
GRA President.

AIPH 2018 - Save the date brochure - Melbourne (Page 2)


  

EVENTS

 

Green Cities - Energising Communities, Melbourne, Australia
13-15 March, 2018



Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne, Australia
23-27 March 2018


 

Grey to Green Conference, Toronto, Canada
15-16 May 2018

 

AIPH Green City Conference, Melbourne, Australia
20-23 March, 2018




WGIC2018Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC), Bengaluru, India
28-30 May 2018


 



CitiesAlive, New York City, USA
24-28 September, 2018


NATIONAL NEWS

 
 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 
 
 

RECENT PROJECTS

Darling Quarter Green Roof

Sydney, Australia

Dubai Opera Garden Green Wall

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For more projects and details, please visit our Project Gallery.  

 


 

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

Fytogreen-logo

GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY / SIKA / ENVIROSYSTEMS

 ILD-logo GWC-logosika-logoenvirosystems-greenroofsaustralasia

SILVER SPONSORS:

ANDREASENS GREEN / KNAUF INSULATION / THE HILLS BARK BLOWER / DCTECH

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As a not-for-profit association, we depend on financial payments for membership in order to provide the website services. In order to promote our industry and raise general community awareness GRA has provided FREE membership, however, this has a limited website access. Paid membership provides access to all areas of the website. For our current sponsorship pricing, please click here.


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Another year has come to an end! 2017 was another expansive year for GRA growth in Australasia. Our efforts are still focused on dissemination, promotion and advocacy but we require your support to bang the drum louder. The website is constantly expanding with new projects, research data and opportunities to promote your projects and have your say about how we can do better. Get involved and let us know what you are doing and what you are discovering as we push for urban green infrastructure.

Wishing all our members, sponsors and supporters a happy, safe, green Christmas Season.

Matt Dillon, GRA President



The Green Urbanscape Asia 2017 Conference by Rosie Mohorko, GRA QLD Director

The Green Urbanscape Asia 2017 Conference, organised in Singapore, brought together important stakeholders, to share their experience and projects and discuss how dense and green building typologies can contribute to developing compact yet highly liveable future cities. The event was organised by the Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) (LIAS), National Parks Board (NParks), The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) and supported by SingEx Exhibitions.

The two-day conference served as a meeting place for policymakers, planners, developers, architects, landscape architects and researchers, from all over the world, and featured over 25 presentations from leaders in their field on challenges and opportunities for green infrastructure around the globe.

Click here to read the remainder of this article on the GRA website.


 

EVENTS

Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne, Australia

23-27 March 2018

WGIC2018Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC), Bengaluru, India

28-30 May 2018

CitiesAlive, New York City, USA

September 24-28, 2018

Grey to Green Conference, Toronto, Canada

15-16 May 2018


NATIONAL NEWS

 
 
 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 
 
 
 

 

RESEARCH UPDATE

 
 

RECENT PROJECTS

Advanx East Appartements

Advanx East

Sydney, Australia

Fytogreen - Lanikai Apartments

Gold Coast, Australia

Vertical Garden, Fytogreen vertical gardens, australia green wall, green walls, green wall australia, green façade, green façade australia, fytowall, fytowall australia, Breathable Walls, Breathable Greenwalls Australia, greenwalls, living wall

Fytogreen - ANZ Bank

Melbourne, Australia

 Roof Garden by Fytogreen

Fytogreen - New Bendigo Hospital

Bendigo, Australia

 

 

Fytogreen - Parque Apartments

Melbourne, Australia

 

Fytogreen - Triptych Apartments

Melbourne, Australia

 

Fytogreen - Star City Casino

Sydney, Australia

 

Fytogreen - Peak Apartments

St. Lucia, Australia

Three homes unified by a continuous sloped green roof. 

Verdant Green Roofs

Sydney, Australia

For more projects and details, please visit our Project Gallery.  

 


 

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

Fytogreen-logo

GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY / SIKA / ENVIROSYSTEMS

 ILD-logo GWC-logosika-logoenvirosystems-greenroofsaustralasia

SILVER SPONSORS:

ANDREASENS GREEN / KNAUF INSULATION / THE HILLS BARK BLOWER / DCTECH

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As a not-for-profit association, we depend on financial payments for membership in order to provide the website services. In order to promote our industry and raise general community awareness GRA has provided FREE membership, however, this has a limited website access. Paid membership provides access to all areas of the website. For our current sponsorship pricing, please click here.


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VIRTUAL SUMMIT 09-30 April 2017

Over 30 international speakers and thought leaders will share their video presentations with us, including keynotes from Emilio Ambasz, Patrick Blanc, Stephen Ritz, and Joanne Rodriguez. http://virtual.greenroofs.com/

 Experience Greenroofs & Walls and Green Living Infrastructure online and participate in the "Greenroofs.com" interactive global social media event. Interchange ideas with visionary thought leadership, influencers & leading experts via on-demand videos and streaming Q & A’s on Facebook Live and Twitter over our special long Earth Day weekend in April, Earth Month and World Landscape Architecture Month.

Registration Cost: Fee is only $50 and $25 for students/faculty & government. 

Register at: http://virtual.greenroofs.com/register/

 For an invitation and info on the speakers check out these videos:

This will be the 4th Virtual Summit and it's available at your desk. Whenever you want to catch up with the latest info on green roofs and living walls from across the planet you can watch speaker presentations either LIVE with Q&A or at anytime later over the next year.

If this is your profession and you don't have time to travel O/S for conferences then tune in to Virtual Summit 2017, it's great value.

WORLD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CONGRESS
BERLIN        20-22 JUNE 2017

Further information and registration, GO TO ...... www.wgic2017berlin.com

International Trade Exhibition Information booths of the associations, companies and organisations

Event languages German and English (with simultaneous translation)

Host Organisation Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (Green Building Association) (FBB) Further information and registration www.wgic2017berlin.com

ABOUT WGIC2017

DISCOUNTS FOR ALL  OUR MEMBERS & 25% DISCOUNT FOR COMPANY EXPO BOOTHS

Multi-day events concerning the greening of buildings (greening of roofs, façades and indoor areas) with the associated accompanying topics (urban climate, demographic development, rainwater management, sustainability). At the end of the congress, it will be possible to participate in excursions to special green roofs and living walls in Berlin. The congress is named after the WGIN World Green Infrastructure Network e.V., which has been organising this event since 2007, each year in a different member country. In 2017, it will be organised by the Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (Green Building Association) (FBB) with the support of other German-speaking associations of the sector. WGIN is the world association; under its consolidation, the national associations for green roofing meet, communicate and exchange experiences at regular intervals. For Germany, FBB is a member of WGIN and was also a founding member in 2007. Organisers • FBB (Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. – Green Building Association) • WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network e.V.) • EFB (Europäische Föderation der Bauwerksbegrü-nungsverbände e.V. - European Federation of Green Roofing Associations) Patron The governing mayor of Berlin Kindly supported by Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Land of Berlin Objective and target group The Congress aims to inform persons from politics, architecture and sectoral planning about the various possibilities and opportunities of green buildings and involve these persons in the worldwide discussion about the promising applications of the green building. Approximately 400 – 500 participants are expected to take part.

Date: June 20th – 22nd, 2017 in Berlin

Regards

Matthew Dillon
President Green Roofs Australasia

eVP World Green Infrastructure Network

 

GRAus is now published on the ISSUU platform.

Please follow the link to view our December Industry Update Issue:-

https://issuu.com/verdantsolutionsaus/docs/6343-1479966316


Further Reading in this issue:

Presidents Report

Federal Politics & the Green Cities Alliance

Welcome to our many new AILA members

Burwood Council Manadate Green Roofs for new developments

Hundertwasser gets reborn in New Zealand

Hope you enjoy our latest news.

Matt Dillon

GRA President

GRA-seasons-greetings

From GRA Team we wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2016.

Be happy and stay safe over the break, and we look forward to hearing from you 2016.

~ Your GRA Team ~

 

Latest News:

National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy released

The strategy was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and highlighted the adaptation and resilience-building activities developed by Australian businesses, communities and all levels of government.

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Details Emerge for New Sydney Zoo— Green Roofs, Concrete Tunnels & Australian-firsts revealed

The $36 million ‘Sydney Zoo’ would be located within the 216 hectare "Super Park" at Bungarribee on the Great Western Highway near the junction of the M7 and M4 motorways, and see design input from ASPECT Studios (landscape architecture and masterplanning), MISHO+Associates (architects for entry pavilion and resturaunt) and Off the Cuffe.

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THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

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GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

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SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN / ANDREASENS GREEN

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GRA are affiliated with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities who host 'Cities Alive', an annual conference on Green Roofs & Living Walls. The 2015 conference will be held in New York City 5 - 8 October.

GRA members who are attending 'Cities Alive 2015' can use the discount code GRausCA2015 to get $100 off the price of a Delegate Pass.

Apply the discount code on the payment page when completing the online registration process @ www.citiesalive.org

Members interested in Exhibiting at Cities Alive 2015 should contact info@graus.com.au

GRA are also affiliated with SILA and will be providing discounts to attend the 'Green Urban Scape Asia' congress in Singapore on 5 - 7 November.

GRA members who wish to attend or Exhibit will receive a discount code by contacting Angelique at info@graus.com.au

Warm Regards,
Matthew Dillon
GRA President


GRA welcomes our new 2015 Silver Sponsor


SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING ON 31st May 2015 | Time TBA

GRA will apply to be registered as an Environmental Organisation with the Federal Government.

All GRA members are welcome to attend. Join Us on 31st May 2015.

To attend please contact GRA per email: info@graus.com.au

SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS WGIC 2014

The World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 in Sydney was a dynamic event that brought together likeminded people including industry, government, research and academia, for challenging and inspiring discussions, along with networking across three days.

Visit GRA website to download WGIC 2014 presentations!

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NATIONAL NEWS

Bankstown Library Up for National Architecture Award after $22 Million Upgrade

The $22 million project, which officially opened in April last year, has won garlands from leading state and national architectural organisations. Read more...

Developer to Build Landmart Green Wall across Seven Storys on New Verde Apartment Project

Seven storeys of the north and south-facing walls of Verde will be covered in 480sq m of plants including herbs and succulents. Read more…

Million Dollar Green Roof to be Built in Waverton, Sydney

The last stage of the redevelopment of the community space will transform the old concrete. Read more…

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Greener Cities Could Ease Climate Change

Urban greening advocacy group 202020 Vision wants Australia's green urban areas increased by 20 per cent by 2020 for economic and social benefits, including cooling cities. Read more…

Willoughby City Council Keen to Learn about Green Infrastructure Initiatives

Willoughby, like other councils in Australia, is keen to provide sustainable outcomes in their urban environment. Read more…

Natural Habitats Green Wall Aids in Sustainability for the New Kethleen Kilgour Centre in Tauranga

Green wall is an iconic backdrop to the reception area, which patients actually walk through to their consultation rooms. Read more…

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Quaterly WGIN Member Information

"WGIN – Quarterly 2015” is to inform future members, friends and interested persons and organizations about WGIN activities. The Quarterly shall inform in a periodic way about upcoming events, about some results from WGIN activities and shall highlight some activities in WGIN countries / and organizations. Download WGIN - Quarterly 2015 here.

Urban Redevelpoment's New Civic-Public-Private Partnership

The program is a fresh approach to building capacity, governance, and leadership in the area of urban redevelopment. Read more…

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Green Wall on Eco-Friendly Bukit Gombak Community Club in Singapore

The eco-friendly Bukit Gombak Community Club (CC) will feature open and interactive communal spaces, a green wall and plenty of plants both inside and outside. Read more…

2015 GREEN GROWN AWARDS AUSTRALASIA – ENTRIES OPEN NOW!

Do you have a sustainability initiative that you think deserves recognition? Do you want to reward those in your team for their hard work? Do you want to connect with others in the field globally? Then now is your opportunity to achieve just that – applications for the sixth, annual Green Gown Awards Australasia are launched. Don’t forget the deadline is 29 July 2015. REGISTER NOW!

WGIC CONGRESS NAGOYA 2015 | 14 – 16 October 2015

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The three days Congress in Nagoya will provide international and national keynote experts presenting on new research, case studies, best practice management and the latest technology in this expanding industry. The annual national green fair of Japan will be held same period in Nagoya city, so, international participants will be able to inspect the most advanced greening in Japan in congress research tours. These events will be hosted with excellent accommodation, catering and exceptional Japanese hospitality. REGISTER NOW!

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THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

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GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

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SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN / ANDREASENS GREEN

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