NYC’s Green Roof Tax Abatement Program is Officially Back – and Better Than Ever

Having already passed the Senate yesterday, NYC's Green Roof Tax Abatement Bill (Senate Bill S5554B) was unanimously passed today (June 18 2019) on the Assembly floor up in Albany.  Essentially the NYC Green Roof Property Tax Abatement is officially back...and better than ever! (UPDATE, JULY 3, 2019:   S5554B has just been signed this morning by [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Finance, green roofs|0 Comments

Maybe, Just Maybe, a New York City Green Roof Policy Bill

Green Roof Policy Bill Proposed for NYC - Details UPDATE: (01/23/19) Urbanstrong's principal Alan Burchell will now be providing technical expert testimony to members of City Council at the below-mentioned  hearing. Alan Burchell, Principal of Urbanstrong, providing expert testimony to New York City Council in support of the Green Roof Bill on Jan 28 2019. [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|events, green roofs|0 Comments

Autumn in New York…green (well, golden-red) roof edition

As Ella and Louis will tell you, Autumn in New York is a romantic time for enjoying a warm cup of tea indoors or the golden hues and colors of the outdoors. With some careful planning and design, it's possible to bring those two beautiful worlds together with a green roof. Green roofs (well, more [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|green roofs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Event: Introduction to Green Roofs with Alan Burchell – April 25 2018

Introduction to Green Roofs with Alan Burchell Hosted by AgTech X Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:30pm-8:00pm   Held at the new AgTech X location 40 Bushwick Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211 United States View Map Tickets Available Here According to global design firm SOM, "there are an estimated 37 square miles of roof atop New York [...]

By |April 16th, 2018|events, green roofs, solar green roofs|0 Comments

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

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

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

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