Press & Media Coverage
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Climate change and stormwater management
A new color is emerging in the roofing field; after green roofs and white roofs, now here is the blue roof. The dense nature of urban areas, combined with the increased intensity of rain events and lack of at-grade green spaces, heavily taxes our municipal stormwater infrastructure. With increased risks of urban and overflow flooding would be expected outcomes of over-taxed sewers. To counter these costly scenarios, addressing water where it falls – at the rooftop – is increasingly being considered. It is very expensive to increase the capacity of our old and outdated infrastructure. Underground space is also crowded with different utilities in the public right-of-way; the use of this space is limited. Flat roof surfaces provide a vast untapped resource to increase the ability to capture rainfall.
The blue roof is designed to hold rainwater for a period of time, usually between 24 and 48 hours depending on the municipality’s... Continue Reading
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2019) Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story base building is presently under construction; a 20-story tower addition is planned for construction in five to 10 years. Since the project is built-out to all property lines there are no at-grade landscape areas, which presented a particular challenge given the city’s Dept. of Stormwater Management permit requirement that the project account the total building mass and footprint.
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Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the vegetative roofing market, today announced the availability of the Fourth Edition of the company’s widely acclaimed Garden Roof® Planning Guide. For the last five years, updated print, online and app version of the complimentary resource have transformed more than 22 years of vegetative roof experience into an educational tool and resource for architects, facility management, building owners, installers and contractors on the latest technology, applications and benefits of vegetative roofs.
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Hydrotech is proud to have been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification, an internationally recognized standard that ensures products and services meet the needs of clients through an effective quality management system.
Hydrotech Membrane Corporation's successful ISO 9001:2015 certification is testament to the positive engagement of our colleagues at all levels of the plant, and demonstrates a clear desire to embrace the standard as a fundamental element of its growth and customer focus strategies. The decision to work towards ISO 9001:2015 accreditation demonstrates Hydrotech's commitment to constant improvement of products, processes, procedures and systems in order to satisfy client’s needs. The ISO 9001:2015 standard demands a higher degree of leadership commitment than the previous standards and is underpinned by risk-based thinking.
Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing assemblies, today announced the availability of their Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide , a unique, new resource representing more than 50 years of proven assembly experience across the globe and 35+ years of Hydrotech’s industry knowledge. The guide strives to educate architects, engineers, general contractors and other design professionals on the key benefits of a protected membrane roof versus a conventional roof, the technology currently available and best practices for effective installations.
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ANJOU, QUEBEC (October 11, 2017) Hydrotech – a market leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products and assemblies, today announced the introduction of the InstaGreen ® GT-4 pre-vegetated tray, an expansion of the InstaGreen ® product line within the Garden Roof ® portfolio of assemblies.
The GT-4 tray is one option for a stormwater management plan by providing valuable green space as a BMP on roofs to handle the first rains. It consolidates all growing media, drainage and vegetation in one convenient package for easy transport and installation by roofing professionals and landscape contractors. The tray is composed of 100% fully recycled content and features other key benefits such as:300 mm x 600 mm high performance format can hold up to 100 mm of media for optimum plant growth Unique reservoir base design for increased water capacity and sustained plant growth in times of drought Perforated side walls to promote inter-tray... Continue Reading
Creating “Green” hospitals; Quebec is seeing a “going green” movement emerging in the health care industry, as well as, creating environments centered around the public (French article)
Over the last ten years, enormous sums have been invested in the construction of modern university hospital centers and the renovation of existing establishments that have become obsolete. New institutions have a much more environmentally responsible profile by considering environmental impacts, social benefits, and economic sustainability throughout their life cycle. This is the case of the University of Montreal hospital (CHUM), the McGill University health center (CUSM) and the CHU Sainte-Justine, just to name a few. Continue Reading
Wind data is a critical issue to consider when building a new structure. An increase in the number of green roofs on buildings has driven a need for new wind design standards to be written for vegetative roofing assemblies. Richard Hayden discusses what is being done to update the protocol that is in place to incorporate built-up (loose laid) vegetated roofing assemblies. Continue Reading
Exceptional green roof price at the 2016 Durabilys event . This contest was designed to recognize and promote outstanding projects in 3 categories (residential, commercial/industrial and institutional).
Congratulations to Les Toits Vertige for installing 3 of the winning green roof projects.
The prize winner in the institutional category, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium , includes the first GardNet growing media confinement system installation in Quebec. Continue Reading
Plant integration; A look at the integration of vegetated systems as components of buildings. Earnings and operating instructions. (French article)
Green space in cites actively reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, increase oxygen generation, counter the heat island effect, and reconnects nature with a world of grey. These benefits allow big cities to develop in a clean environment with conditions that are enjoyable for all. Cities will no longer be stifled by pollution, instead life will thrive from the streets to the rooftops. Continue Reading
The smart choice of a good quality growing media, the key to a successful vegetative roof (French article)
The reputation of green roofs lie in their aesthetic value and their innovative architectural aspect, but above all in their power to provide a wide range of energetic and environmental benefits. In Quebec, since the late 90s, vegetative roof assemblies have been consistently evolving with the development of new technologies and sheer number of installations. This also applies to the growing media performance that is optimized to meet the specific conditions of a roof or project. Soil science has become a major factor for the the building envelope.
References employed in this article:1) Research Association of Landscape Development and Construction; Guidelines for the Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Green Roofing’ Edition 2008, http://www.fll.de/ . 2) Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls, Revised and Updated Edition 2008. 3) Guide de référence en fertilisation, 2ème édition. 4) Adapté de Brady and Weil, 1999. 5) Soil Chemistry, Hinrich L. Bohn, 3rd edition... Continue Reading
Montreal Planetarium: Star-gazing building demonstrates environmentally-responsive architecture on Earth
Located within Montreal's iconic Olympic Park complex, this project was the winning entry in a two-stage international competition. The project brief called for an intervention that would humanize the rather bleak site, which included an existing underground parking structure adjacent to the Olympic stadium. Together with the nearby Botanical Gardens, Insectarium and Biodome, the Planetarium is part of Montreal's 'Space for Life', the largest concentration of natural science museums in Canada. Continue Reading