The Trickle-Down Effect of Green Roofs

By Declan Byrne and Alan Burchell  green roofs Severe rain and snow storm events pose increasingly important community risks, from flooding to contamination of drinking water, fish stocks, and public waterways. As we’ve discussed previously on this blog, green vegetated rooftops are not only a veritable Swiss Army Knife of benefits for building owners and corporations, [...]

By |January 16th, 2018|green roofs|0 Comments

Financial Incentives for Solar and Green Roofs in NYC & Beyond

By Jessica Greenspan and Alan Burchell There are numerous financial incentives in NYC and other cities that encourage the construction of green roofs and solar systems. The incentives from each technology can be applied to the entire system to dramatically reduce a customer’s initial investment. Read on for a quick overview of programs. NYC incentives [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Finance|1 Comment

Integrated Solar Green Roofs are for the Greedy

by Alan Burchell and Jessica Greenspan Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and green rooftop gardens are two environmentally-friendly technologies that have experienced a steady rise in popularity in recent years. A common misconception is that they are mutually exclusive concepts, competitors for both rooftop space and photons. However, with Urbanstrong's Solar Green Roofs, not only [...]

By |October 26th, 2017|green roofs, solar, solar green roofs|0 Comments

The Ten Most Stunning Living Wall Installations Around NYC

by Jessica Greenspan Cramped, grimy, urban. These are the words typically used to describe New York City. And people both love it and hate it for that. Look a bit closer though, down alleyways and inside glittering office buildings, and you might find something a bit more organic. Living walls – commonly known as green-walls [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|living walls|0 Comments

Businesses turning to green infrastructure to craft a green brand

Businesses turning to green infrastructure to craft a green brand by Leeza McKeown May 25, 2017 “Going green” is no longer a fringe social movement. It is increasingly becoming core to the operational and brand strategy for successful businesses. Sustainability as a customer preference Customer preferences are trending toward purchasing from environmentally conscious companies. In particular, shoppers [...]

By |May 25th, 2017|Commercial|0 Comments

Green Roofs, The Urban Habitat Oasis for Birds

Green Roofs, The Urban Habitat Oasis for Birds by Leeza McKeown & Alan Burchell - green roof habitat for birds April 27 2017 The crowded, concrete streets and sidewalks of New York City aren’t normally thought of as suitable habitats for thriving bird populations (well, except maybe pigeons). Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, NYC. Photo: Don Riepe [...]

By |April 27th, 2017|green roofs, Landscapes|0 Comments

Living walls: the interior design trend that makes you happier, healthier, and, yes, even smarter!

by leeza mckeown & alan burchell living green wall april 10 2017 The hot trend of installing living walls (aka: vertical gardens, green walls, plant walls, or live walls) in our homes, offices, schools and restaurants is sweeping like wildfire across cities the world over, and at the outset, it’s pretty easy to see why: they [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Commercial, Interiors, living walls, Residential, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Intro to Green Roofs, Part 3 of 3: Types and Layers

by alan burchell & rubyana lyon green roof mar 3 2017 Types of Green Roofs Each green roof is unique, as their designs and performance vary by region, climate,  and building type and use.  Simpler, shallower, cheaper green roofs with limited variety of plants are called ‘extensive green roofs.’ These systems are easy to install, require little to [...]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Commercial, green roofs, Landscapes, Residential|1 Comment

Intro to Green Roofs, Part 2 of 3: The Benefits for Building Owners, Occupants and Everyone Else

by alan burchell & rubyana lyon green roofs feb 28 2017 A future blog series will deep dive into the details of each green roof benefit, but for now, here is a brief run down grouped into two categories: Private benefits (enjoyed by building owners and occupants) and Public benefits (how green roofs benefit their local economy, [...]

By |February 28th, 2017|Commercial, green roofs, Landscapes, Residential|3 Comments

Intro to Green Roofs, Part 1 of 3: What is a Green Roof, and Why do I Need one?

by alan burchell & rubyana lyon   green roof feb 26 2017 The History of the Green Roof Image: Vincent Callebaut Amongst the memes and cat pics on your social media feeds, you may have also seen pictures of futuristic or fantastical looking buildings utterly wrapped in greenery and topped with a green roof.  Such [...]

By |February 26th, 2017|Commercial, green roofs, Landscapes, Residential|0 Comments