Green Roofs Australasia Newsletter

Stay informed on our latest news and projects.

 

GRA is hosting the 2014 WGIC  - for everyone to be involved and to enjoy. Get on Board NOW!

 FOR DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introduction

Industry Update

Events

News Links

Recent Projects

Book Recommendation

INTRODUCTION

At the 2012 GRA National Conference in Melbourne the City of Melbourne was awarded the 'Green City Award' to acknowledge the consistent advocacy of green roofs and living walls, support for research, community involvement, awareness raising through education and the Canopy Forum and the development of Guidelines and policy reviews. The Burnley Campus at the University of Melbourne received the 'Outstanding Research Award' to acknowledge the Burnley academic staff and students as leaders in green infrastructure research.

GRA has been an active supporter of both the City of Melbourne and Burnley Campus since 2008 through association and holding National Conferences in 2009 and 2012.

GRA congratulates the The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne Team (Cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip, the University of Melbourne) and the Victorian Government on the recent release of a draft Victoria's Guide to Green Roofs, Walls and Facades.

This Guide has been put together by the Melbourne Team, with funds from the Victorian government. The authors have been advised by a range of professionals with experience in the green roof, green wall and facade industry. The Guide is written primarily for professional projects, but will be relevant for the do-it-yourself audience too.
There is no doubt that this Guide will help propel the development of more green roofs, walls and facades in Victoria and set a positive benchmark for other states in Australia and New Zealand.

The final product will be released early in the New Year and will be a free publication that can be downloaded from www.growinggreenguide.org

In the meantime, the Melbourne Team needs everyone to Give Feedback.
They are looking for feedback on the draft Guide from a wide range of people, from those who are professionally involved in the industry, to people simply curious to learn more. We invite all our members to take a look at the document and to fill in the feedback form by November 18th.

Please click on the feedback form even if only to tell them that you like the look of the draft and have no detailed feedback to provide. It helps them to know how many are checking it out.

 'CANOPY' Melbourne information session.

An information session on the Guide will be held in Melbourne on November 13th, 6pm - 8pm, as part of Canopy: Melbourne's Green Roof Forum.

RSVP for Canopy here.

GRA has spent 2013 consolidating and restructuring to utilise our available resources as best possible. As a 'Not-for-Profit' it has always been a task to spread our input across both Australia and New Zealand. We contribute many hours however we also need our members to approach us; to send us information & feedback and of course to continue as members.

In 2013, GRA has reduced all membership fees across every category from student to the corporate rate. If your membership has expired, please consider your renewal as 2014 will be a massive year for GRA as we host a World Congress.

Western Australia was to be our focus for the 2013 National Conference; however, Perth & Fremantle were unable to meet the deadline. GRA is presently discussing an involvement with the WA Dept of Planning for the upcoming Pilbara Designscape Symposium. Call for papers will be made in the coming months; please keep informed and visit their link for further information.

In hindsight, GRA has been most effective at supporting other bodies & institutions with the resources to actively promote the expansion of green roofs & walls (GRW) so it is our hope, that the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress will bring together Institutions, professionals, trades, community groups and Capital City Councils in the same way that collaborations in Victoria have progressed.

In 2014 GRA needs all the assistance available as we attempt one massive push for the GRW Industry in Australasia. Get in touch if you have suggestions, feedback or, most importantly, if you are keen to lend a hand. 

Warm regards
Matthew Dillon (President)

INDUSTRY UPDATE

The Growing Green Guide Team of Melbourne has released the draft of Victoria's Green Guide to Green Roofs, Walls & Facades

Visit link:  www.growinggreenguide.org

Give Feedback!   Fill in the feedback form by November 18th.

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) - 202020 NGIA Vision

 

Map, measure, publicise, research and support Australia’s finest green space projects and advocates. Use these to inspire the people who create our cities to create more green spaces. Keep inspiring; keep improving so that we can all enjoy more green spaces in our cities by 2020.

Also from NGIA following the success of last year’s i-Tree Eco Australia workshops, NGIA in collaboration with National Urban Forest Alliance (NUFA) and Arboriculture Australia have organised a second round of one-day i-Tree Eco Australia workshops:

 

Location

Date

Venue

Cairns

Tuesday 19 November

Cairns Regional Council, Civic Reception Room 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD

Brisbane

Wednesday 20 November

2013 Redlands Research Station 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland, QLD

Tweed Heads

Thursday 21 November

Kingscliff campus – North Coast TAFE Cudgen Road, Kingscliff, NSW

Sydney

Monday 25 November

Northcote Conference & Function Centre 12 Fennell Street, North Parramatta, NSW

Perth

Tuesday 26 November

Western Australian Ecology Centre, Tamala Room Bold Park, Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat, WA

Adelaide

Thursday 28 November

Campbelltown City Council 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor, SA

Melbourne

Monday 2 December

University of Melbourne – Burnley Campus, Burnley Hall 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, Vic

Hobart

Tuesday 3 December

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Riverview Room Queens Domain, Hobart, TAS

The workshops are designed to provide participants with an overview of the i-Tree Eco software and its application including i-Tree Canopy. Cost to attend the one day workshop is $44.

If you would like to register please visit their website for online registration www.arboriculture.org.au

EVENTS

November 7-9:  GreenUrbanScape Asia Conference, Singapore

November 26-27:  Ecosystem Services - Green Infrastructure European Conference 2013, London, UK  - CANCELLED!

November 20-22:  Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, USA

January 28-30 2014:  Green Building Expo 2014, Doha, Qatar Postponed

March 10-13 2014: NGIA National Conference 2014

Blue Sky Thinking Real Green Living is the theme of the conference, which will be hosted in the heart of one of Sydney’s favourite waterfront playgrounds, Darling Harbour.

March 18-19 2014: Green Cities 2014, Melbourne, Australia

In 2014, Green Cities returns to Melbourne. Based around the key theme of ‘Beyond the Baseline’, Green Cities 2014 will be the ultimate forum for discussion, demonstration and debate on how to go beyond. Beyond market challenges. Beyond green wash. Beyond boundaries. Join us!

 

April 2014:  Pilbara Designscape Symposium, Perth, WA.

Call for Papers will be open soon - keep informed.

NEWS LINKS

GRA News

 

Join INTERNATIONAL delegates to celebrate the fastest expanding industry in Construction and Urban Planning. Experts, Academics, Exhibitors, Professionals, Policy Makers and related fields, which will congregate, share, explain and educate on how Green City Infrastructure such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests and urban regeneration can sustain our environment and our cities with vegetative systems and wise policy.

Visit GRA website for more information.

National News

$2 million Building Innovation Fund  to reduce the carbon footprint of existing commercial buildings in South Australia

The fund supported the commercial property sector agreement between the South Australian Government and the Property Council of Australia (South Australian Division) made under South Australia's climate change legislation.

Two streams of funding were offered:

  • A capital works stream offered grants for implementing leading edge approaches in retrofitting commercial buildings.
  • A feasibility and case study stream provided funding toward feasibility and case studies that demonstrated leading edge approaches to retrofitting commercial buildings.

Overview of completed projects such as Installation of living wall, Installation of green roof, Feasibility of living wall with various documents are made available on Government of South Australia website.

The incentives for green roofs and how the disincentives can be surmounted

A review of practical benefits, biodiversity contribution, and overcoming inhibitors in Australian market prepared by Nina James, GRA Executive Board Member.

Read more.

One Central Park (OCP) Broadway, Sydney

The plant growth has been exceptional on OCP however due to human error there has been a setback.

Initially, the plants were pre-grown at Andreasens Green Nursery and successfully transplanted onsite. Growth has been faster than expected however recently 7000 plants died on the OCP project due to water for the irrigation being turned off by construction workers working on other areas of the project.

The vertical garden panels and planter boxes have been planted during the busy construction of the towers, which has many project managers on different sections. The irrigation is controlled by hi-tech computerised system, which had signalled Warning Notices about lack of irrigation during high temperature days. Construction workers had been turning the mains water on and off and when the system alarm bells were ringing for more water, there was no one listening. We hope there will be a full time operator checking for warnings about irrigation and plant health - next time! A costly mistake on a very hectic building site that could have been avoided.

International News

L'Oasis D'Aboukir Green Wall in Paris

On Sept 10, Paris Design Week celebrated the opening of Patrick Blanc's new vertical garden design called L'Oasis D'Aboukir in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

           L'Oasis D'Aboukir_After

                         ~ L'Oasis D'Aboukir - Before  ~                                                                         ~ L'Oasis D'Aboukir - After ~

GreenUrbanScape Asia Conference, Singapore 07 - 09 November 2013

!!! GRA Members 20% REGISTRATION DISCOUNT !!!

Discover the latest products and solutions from top innovators. Network with like-minded professionals and industry leaders, including academics, government officials, and policy makers. Conduct market research and take advantage of this dynamic platform to grow your business.

GRA is supported by Living Roofs NZ

As an independent organisation, Living Roofs is promoting the uptake of green roofs in New Zealand. Visit their website to find out the latest information, research and case studies of projects in NZ.

Elmich installs the largest green wall in the world at the new ITE Headquarters & College Central in Singapore.

The ITE Headquarters and College Central in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore has been transformed into facades of living green vegetation, which cover the internal and external walls of 9 campus blocks and the rooves of 3 campus blocks.

Read more atOurdoorDesignSource.

PARKROYAL gets the Green Mark of distinction

Singapore Studio WOHA has designed the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel as a striking and sustainable green space, located in the CBD of Singapore.

Spotlight on Research

UC makes breakthrough in green-planted roof research

The University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand has discovered green-planted roofs do not need to be irrigated in winter or summer to thrive.

More info here.

Green Infrastructure Research Group at the University of Melbourne

The new Green Infrastructure Research Group website is now on!

RECENT PROJECTS

   Freehills Offices,  Sydney, NSW, Australia

                                                                            Completed in August 2013

  Illura Apartments, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

                                                                           Completed in June 2013

  The Bridgepoint, Kingston, ACT, Australia

                                                                           Completed in July 2012

  Mater Hospital Healing Garden, Sydney, NSW, Australia

                                                                           Completed in February 2010

For more new and exciting projects please visit our Recent Projects website.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION

Jason Pomeroy's 'Skycourts and Skygarden' Book Launch Event

Using graphics and full colour images throughout, Pomeroy explores 40 current and forthcoming skycourt and skygarden projects from around the world.

Read more.

Living Architecture: Green Roofs and Walls

Graeme Hopkins & Christine Goodwin

Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings, Living Architecture highlights the most exciting green roof and living wall projects in Australia and New Zealand within an international context.

The book is divided into practical chapters that explore the entire green roof and wall process – from the overall international context to the benefits and drivers of this type of architecture, the design principles behind it and local case studies. It then explores specific planting lists, the challenges of climate change and the role of government in a highly illustrative and experiential way.

Planting the rooftops and walls of urbanized areas brings many benefits to public, private, economic and social sectors, as well as to the local and global environments.

This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from students and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and ecology, through to members of the community interested in how they can more effectively use the rooftops and walls of their homes or workplaces to increase green open space in the urban environment.

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS: FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

GOLD SPONSORS: INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

                

SILVER SPONSORS: ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN  

 

 

 


 

Another year is nearing an end! 2018 was another expansive year for GRA in Australia & New Zealand.

Our efforts are still focused on dissemination, promotion and advocacy but we can always use more support to bang the drum louder into 2019. 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.

In 2019 please JOIN US and participate as we push for the incorporation of urban green infrastructure.

Plants make it all possible!

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

With warm regards,

Matt Dillon, GRA President

PS I'll leave you with this 'Babylonian' vision of what we are capable of designing for our cities into 2019!



 

 For all our 2018 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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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.


Please stay in touch via our FacebookInstagramTwitter or LinkedIn.

We'd love to hear from you!

Hello colleagues,

This is indeed a great way to attend an international conference without leaving town.

Greenroofs.com, in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), is presenting: The Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 - Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design on February 12 through March 13 on the World Wide Web.

Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) is a founding member of WGIN, and we are pleased to offer you special Registration Discounts as well as Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities!

Regular Registration is $99 and includes access to the entire virtual environment – but GRA members and associates use the discount code to only pay $39!  
Learn more details at www.greenroofsaustralasia.com.au/events and get the discount code! Save $60 on registration or take an exhibition virtual booth for $600 over one month.
Also watch the Virtual Summit trailer on the GRA homepage.

 

This is a great opportunity to participate in this unique interactive online platform for idea interchange through a combination of keynote speakers, expert panel sessions and moderated chat sessions with live Q&A and on-demand presentations, plus live video, audio and text chatting at the Sponsor Spaces, Social Media Areas, Inspiration Nook, Joblinks Lounge, Prize Center, and the spectacular Expo Pavilions showcasing vendors and organizations from across the world.

Keynotes: thinkers, designers, trend setters, eco-luminaries:

* Dusty Gedge, Green Roof Campaigner and Designer, and President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations

* Steven Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Founding Member of WGIN

* Dr. Aditya Ranade, Senior Analyst, Lux Research Intelligence team

* Javier Senosiain, Architect, Principal of Arquitectura Orgánica

* Mary Ann Uhlmann, Vegetated Roof Systems Program Development Manager for Tremco, Inc.

For less than the price of a standard 1-hour webinar, attendees will hear from these experts for a whole 30 days.

Regards

Matthew Dillon
GRA President.

Welcome to all our new members and especially to those who have continued with support. Also a warm Thank You to all those who supported our National Conference in Melbourne last December. The 6th National had a fluency, warmth and strong community spirit which was well attended and supported by the City of Melbourne and Uni of Melbourne, especially Burnley Campus Staff helping with organisation.

A Special Thanks goes out to our Sponsors who were :-
FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA (Diamond Sponsor), INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTOR systems (ILD / Gold Sponsor), ELMICH (Gold Sponsor),
GREENWALL COMPANY (Silver Sponsor), RONSTAN (Silver Sponsor), SIKA (Silver Sponsor) also ELEVATED GARDENS, ODS & CLINKA.

GRA was proud to present four Keynotes ; Landscape Architects Larry Reed & John Loomis from SWAgroup and Ed Snodgrass from the USA. Also attending, thanks to UoM sponsorship, was Dr Jeremy Lundholm from Canada. GRA was also proud to present leading researchers and professionals from Australasia, so thanking you all.
More Information on the Greening Cities Conference in Melbourne will be posted asap. 

GRA presented Industry Awards for Excellence at the Conference Opening Ceremony. The Awards & Winners were:-

  • Advocacy Award presented to Robyn Simcock (LandCare Researcher, NZ Executive)
  • Green Roof Design Award presented to Aspect Studios Melbourne for the Victorian Desalination Project
  • Green Roof Installation Award presented to Fytogreen Australia for the Victorian Desalination Plant
  • Green Wall Design & Installation Award presented to Mark Paul, the Greenwall Company for the Origin Energy Building
  • Iconic Green Roof Award presented to SWAgroup USA for the California Academy of Sciences Building
  • Research Award presented to Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne
  • Green City Award presented to the City of Melbourne

                                  
Victorian Desalination Project: Green Roof information in our GRA Project Gallery
GRA Awards for - Green Roof Design (Aspect Studio)
                                    Green Roof Installation (Fytogreen Australia)
Images courtesy of Fytogreen Australia.

                                   
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA. (Image courtesy of SWA group, USA)
GRA Award for Iconic International Green Roof (accepted by SWA group, USA)                                                   

I have just clocked up one year as President and my fifth as an active GRA committee member. To date, it has been difficult to provide a balanced service especially regarding Communication. During the transfer in Jan 2012, membership status records required updating, as it was impossible to separate past and current members. Membership details are now contained in the GRA website data base and not externally, as before. If you have not received a reminder for membership, it is because you will need to enter your details through the website and rejoin - with a huge discount!! Then you will receive an automated reminder annually. 

2012 was such a hectic year primarily absorbed by the new website build, preparations for the National Conference in Melbourne & negotiating support for the 2014 World Congress we are hosting in Sydney. The World Congress will be a massive challenge for our resources BUT well worth the effort because it has the potential to propel our Industry to new levels of expansion which will also have benefits for the environment, our society and our future.
The Times are definitely changing and with change comes new technology and new policy. Unfortunately technology develops faster than policy!!! However, Melbourne and Adelaide have recently published new Guides (see our Library) and Sydney have developed a new Green Roof Strategy with a new Technical Advisory Panel focused on providing supportive policy for the Industry. Stay tuned as we will update all members on developments throughout Australasia.

To assist GRA, WE NEED YOU:-

  • To join as Members (Revised Fee - Students $30; Individuals $50)
  • To send in News; Content; Feedback and Suggestions.
  • To Upload Projects / Upload Images
  • Join our FB page 'GRAustralasia'
  • To help us create an Active Community
  • To spread the word to others

In 2013 GRA will be:-

  • Improving the Website Content further
  • Forging New Affiliations for positive collaborations
  • Developing Incentive Based Planning Policy Strategies
  • Expanding our Austral / Asian Network
  • Promoting Membership
  • Preparing for the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress in Sydney

Website Content:

GRA went live in July 2012 with :- a new Logo; a new responsive operating system ; new Project Upload & Image facility; new Library; Sponsorship Opportunities; News Desk and Social Media Networking. To date, this and the recent conference has taken most of my time and communication via our Newsletter has remained dormant. During 2012 there was limited assistance for this impotant task so I apologize if you were not informed about GRA's latest  development & changes. Not so in 2013! The member info will flow!
We now have a community focused website so please explore the content, links and other resources and I invite your suggestions and constructive criticsm to help provide worthy service. Bring it on!

New Affiliations:

In 2013 we have a new affiliation with the Nursery & Gardens Industry of Australia (NGIA) and Landcare NSW.
NGIA and GRA have similar goals to promote urban green infrastructure and to lobby for supportive government planning and policy. We agree that the big picture for urban development has to include more GREEN, being more PLANTS - in, on & around buildings ; in parks ; on streets, roads & freeways; vacant lots; city infrastructure in the form of green roofs, green walls, urban forests, canopy trees, urban farming plots and revegetated hard landscape 'forgotten' urban space.
During our recent conferences in Melbourne & Sydney GRA also developed an association with the Institute of Architects and Institute of Landscape Architects including the State Chapters which we will build on.
Affiliations in Asia include the Philippines, where GRA has an executive, Don Do who is also our Legal Officer. In Singapore we have a friendly relationship with CUGE ; National Parks & Forests & Instit of L'scape Architects. In China there are strong commercial connections with the Industry and the peak body for Rooftop Greening.
Of course our association with New Zealand is evolving, with three Executives and based on industry promotion .

Planning Policy Strategy:

There have been many international developments in policy which have promoted green infrastructure and some that have not succeeded.
In 2013, GRA will develop Policy Guidelines based on models which have succeeded internationally.
At the 2014 World Congress in Sydney we will release the GRA Strategy at the Policy Forum for government planners held in conjunction with a 'Meeting of the Mayors' chaired by Representatives from Sheffield, Chicago, Toronto and New York City Councils.

Austral - Asian Expansion:

The 2014 World Congress is an opportunity to promote and to expand our associations into Asia and the Pacific Islands. Invitations will be sent throughout our Asia-Pacific Region in the hope we may encourage stronger ties.
Initial relationships have been established with South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and India through our work with WGIN. The Green Roof industry in these countries is similar to ours and we can assist each other as stronger associations are forged.

GRA Membership:

GRA needs YOU!
We're doing our best to provide value for membership to students to companies to government.
In 2012 we :-

  • Slashed Annual Membership Fees
  • Provided Free Membership with limited site access
  • Provided huge discounts at the recent conference for members
  • Built a new website which is connected and content loaded
  • Expanded our networks and links

WHY does GRA need YOU?

The Planet needs all of us to act for change - Your GRA membership is action.
GRA has a voice - You can make it louder.
GRA has a positive message - You can pass it on.
GRA has knowledge - You can learn
GRA is a growing community - You can help us grow faster.

Each new development without interior green walls, vertical gardens and greenroofs is a lost opportunity for the environment, society and future generations.

WORLD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CONGRESS 2014 / SYDNEY

As for all our past conferences, the standard of presentations at the Congress will be excellent, covering latest world research; international & national case studies; Technology Exhibition; Policy Planning Debates; International Training Workshops and Green Site Tours.
The Webmaster will be uploading new content regularly during 2013 so stay tuned.

  • Affiliations are aligned
  • International Networks are linked
  • the NSW Gov't is showing support
  • and there's still more work ahead

STAY TUNED and HELP US  'BANG THE DRUM'


We need every Council, every Planner, every Mayor, every Minister, every Journalist and EVERYBODY to know about this significant Congress event to promote more urban green.


If you can help please contact: president@GRaus.com.au or info@GRaus.com.au

GRA is a NFP which means that everything we acheive is done non gratus and when the time is available .

Looking forward to hearing from You soon !
Warm Regards

Matthew Dillon
President.

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VICTORIAN DESALINATION PROJECT

VDP During construction

VDP after visualisation

One of  the  first  large-­scale  extensive  green  roofs  in   southern  Australia  that  
uses  solely  local  indigenous  species  as  a  design  solution,  that   improves  the  
biodiversity  values  on  the  roof  and  assists  the  on-ground  ecological   restoration  
of  the  site. The  green  roof  concept  was  driven  by  an  environmentally  sensitive  
coastal  setting,  and   visual  amenity  issues.  Few  native  Australian  plant  species  
have  been  previously  trialled   for  this  purpose....

                               HEAR MORE at  www.greenroofconferences.com

WHATS NEW

Green Roofs Australasia, GRA, have launched a NEW WEBSITE.
http://www.greenroofsaustralasia.com.au

A change at the helm invariably brings a change of direction and GRA's new president, Matt Dillon, is committed to maintaining the status  and the responsibility that comes with being the peak body in Australasia. To acheive this, the new GRA directive is for greater interaction amongst all sectors within the Design and Construct Industry with new affiliations to other associations and our Asian neighbours. The first half of 2012 has been a busy period, negotiating financial support to host the World Green Infrastructure Congress in 2014, starting preparations for the Melbourne National Conference on Nov 29 and building a new website. The goal of the new website is to provide a one stop connection to the global green roof community. Our hope is that we can create a portal for this niche community to become involved in our news feed, social media networks, project uploads, business directory and blogs. GRA wants to hear what our members have to say, are thinking, discovering, creating .... through an interaction on the website and at our conferences.

The NEW GRA website has incorporated a:-

  • new Business Directory - to promote your services, trades, professions
  • new Project Upload function - to promote  your projects
  • new Blog function - to share your news
  • Newsletter - to share our industry news
  • Image Gallery - to build a comprehensive data base
  • online payment for conferences & membership - to provide cheaper fees 
  • new Library Resource Centre - to educate
  • new responsive styling for use on any screen & a new logo
  • new Social Network presence - to stay connected

NEW FEE structure for GRA annual membership is:-
G.S.T. NOT INCLUDED.

  • $30 for full time students.
  • $50 for individuals.
  • $70 for sole traders.
  • $200 for companies <10 staff
  • $400 for companies  10-20 staff
  • $800 for NGO's (Universities, Institutions, Corporations, Local Councils)
  • $1500 for Capital City Councils, State Governments

NEW LOGO


RECENT PROJECTS

Goulburn Street Car Park, Sydney. A new trial project by CoS will deetermine the most suitable green wall system for a new restoration project which will transform the city 'eyesore' into green.

INDUSTRY NEWS

The GRA GREENING CITIES NATIONAL CONFERENCE, Melbourne 2012.

The 2012 'Greening Cities' Conference is supported by the City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne and will present leading international & national speakers on recent innovative projects, latest research data and insightful design & specification information.

Keynote Speakers:

  • LAWRENCE REED, USA.
  • ED SNODGRASS, USA.
  • JOHN. S. LOOMIS, USA
  • PROF JEREMY LUNDHOLM, CANADA.

THE KEYNOTES WILL BE JOINED BY LEADING AUSTRALASIAN PROFESSIONALS including:-

  • MARK PAUL, The Greenwall Company, NSW
  • WARWICK SAVAAS, Aspect Studios, VICTORIA
  • GRAEME HOPKINS, Fifth Creek,  S.A.
  • ROBYN SIMCOCK, Researcher, NEW ZEALAND

The conference will also include a free Trade Exhition of the latest technology, Social Events, a Green Sites Tour of the CBD and a Reseach Seminar at the new Green Infrastructure Adaption Centre, UoM.

ALL INFORMATION & REGISTRATION BOOKINGS ARE ACCESSIBLE AT THE OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WEBSITE :-
www.greenroofconferences.com

MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ON REGISTRATION PRICES.

 

CITY OF SYDNEY GREEN ROOF & WALL STRATEGY released.

This report outlines a strategy to determine the benefits green roofs and walls offer the City of Sydney.  In particular, it proposes a number of research projects to detail these benefits and to inform the development of the City of Sydney’s Green Roofs and Walls Policy. 

The Green Roofs and Walls Strategy outlines the steps needed to follow a similar policy development process to the one taken by the City of Toronto. The knowledge obtained through this process will inform the strategic direction of the intended Green Roofs and Walls Policy. Positive environmental outcomes for the City of Sydney are very much influenced by local factors, such as climate, extent and the mix of urban form in the built environment, as well as the presence of natural features, such as waterways and urban flora and fauna.

The communal outcomes are influenced by the feasibility of gaining access to the rooftops and suitability of green walls to the different building types in the City. The dollar value of return from environmental benefits is influenced by the cost savings possible from the provision of stormwater infrastructure and energy efficiency services. Other economic activities through local business on a green roof and in vicinity of green walls are influenced by a legislative framework to promote such uses. 

Green roofs and walls in Sydney have the potential to provide a number of sustainability benefits and make a positive contribution to Federal and State initiatives and our own Sustainable Sydney 2030 targets and objectives.

This strategy includes:

  • a Green Roofs and Walls Perception Study to determine drivers promoting green roofs and walls;
  • a Green Roofs and Walls Opportunity Analysis to identify potential locations and create opportunities to promote the installation of green roofs and walls;
  • a Green Roofs and Walls Cost Benefit Study to model the costs, benefits and risks associated with scenarios for the locations identified above and make available the knowledge needed to inform a Green Roofs and Walls Policy; and
  • a  Green Roofs and Walls Policy Implementation Plan, which will set out a
  • framework for developing a Green Roofs and Walls Policy. Furthermore, it provides input into the possible expansion of the established policy position.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 22 - 26 World Green Infrastructure Congress, Hangzhou China

Nov 29 - Dec 01 GRA National Green Roof Conference, MELBOURNE

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