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Green Roof Raising: Radha Yoga
 

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What does a green roof look like? What does it feel like? What does it do? A few months back we installed a green roof on a Yoga Studio in Chinatown. Almost 100 hundred people came over two days to ...

What does a green roof look like? What does it feel like? What does it do? A few months back we installed a green roof on a Yoga Studio in Chinatown. Almost 100 hundred people came over two days to help us out. In two days they transformed an empty roof into a beautiful landscape. Learn more about some other cool volunteer build projects at www.projectsinplace.org.

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  • I am part of that techy generation who can’t go anywhere without their computer. Its like my security blanket.\n\nIts an honour to be up here with these three, because they have all been mentors to me. \n\nKaren Liu and I both taught at BCIT and she has provided many hours off assistance in developing Projects In Place. \n\nI have worked for Ken Larsson for the better part of ten years now and I can tell you he is going to kill me for saying this, but there is no one who works harder or who cares more about good design than him. He is also probably the most devastatingly honest critique I have ever come across and that is to rare a quality.\n\nAnd although she doesn’t know it, Cornelia introduced me to my profession in 1994 when she guest lectured at Dr. Walter Hardwick’s urban studies 200 class. I had never heard of landscape architecture before that lecture, and thanks to her influence I am standing here today. So I am just one small example of the literally thousands of people who have been influenced by her work.\n
  • Going from University to the Real World is a challenge for every profession, but it is particularly difficult for the young designer, because you go from all these big ideas that are yours - to sitting in front of a computer CADing someone elses!\n\nPiP evolved gradually over several years. But the genesis of it was my own impatience as a young designer. I wanted a chance to run my own projects and doing work in the community became my outlet. It gave me the chance to design and gave me experience and confidence that I was able to apply to my job.\n\nGradually I have progressed from mentee to mentor, and I have begun to introduce young professionals to Community Design as a way for for them to gain working experience and opportunity.\n\n
  • So at the base of it, that is what Projects In Place is about: giving young professionals a chance to hone their skills in the community.\n\nWe are 100% Volunteer-Based Organization. We have no funding support of any kind. Our Mission is simple: \n\nTo help people not only design but build projects that make communities better.\n
  • The is a strong multidisiplinary approach to what we do. Our members are (or have been):\narchitects, LAs, Engineers, Planners, Artists, Teachers, etc, etc...\n
  • We operate by a simple creed: we will do ANY project in ANY place so long as it provides a tangible benefit to the community\n
  • As I said we don’t just design, we build. We do this by organizing volunteer build events via social media.\n\nBut in my mind, it is not what we Build that is important: it is the process - the event itself that matters. Because that is where the learning happens. And its a three-way process: the client, the volunteers and the young project managers. Everyone is learning as they bring the project from design, to planning to execution to maintenance.\n
  • So now I want to tell you a little bit about our first green roof, Radha Yoga.\nHow many of you know what a Barn Raising Is?\nHow many of you have ever been to a barn raising??\nVery few.\nA Barn Raising is a community coming together to build something vital to their community. In doing-so, the bonds of a community are reinforced.\nOur idea was to bring back the concept of a Green Roof Raising in a more modern form.\n
  • This is Radha Yoga and Eatery\n
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  • The process began with an interior green wall. That was what we were originally brought in for, because the architects had told the client a green roof was impossible for the old building. \n\nI know there are a lot of green wall enthusiasts out there so I don’t want to be too controversial, but in terms of energy use, water use, fertilizer use, maintenance, environmental benefit, etc.. I would take a green roof over an interior green wall any day.\n\nSo our first challenge was to reexamine some of the assumptions that the design team had made to see if we could get a green roof on top of Radha.\n
  • And that’s where Karen Liu and Xeroflor came in. Now Karen is first and foremost a scientist, and I new that if anyone could give me a straight answer on what I was getting myself into, it would be her. So here are the constraints:\n Structural Limit \n Roof could only support a maximum load no greater than the weight of the original rock ballast roof which was 50kg/m2 or 10psf\n Design team must look for an extremely lightweight green roof system\nBudget Constraints\n Green roof was funded by what remained of the grant after all other energy upgrade retrofits of the building were completed\n No machinery, all done manually to keep cost down\nEasy Installation\n Green roof was installed by entirely by volunteers, most with out any former training in landscaping\n Design team must look for a green roof system that is easy to install\nLow Maintenance\n Wanted a green roof that is sustainable and truly harmonious with nature that requires as little human intervention as possible\n Pre-cultivated system with drought tolerant plants fit the bill\n
  • We worked with an engineer, Wallid Salman at Krahn Engineering. He donated his time to help us out. This is an important concept. Because we always pair our young professionals with seasoned professionals who usually donate their time to work with us. That way the project benefits and there is a knowledge transfer as well. This is a critical component of what we do.\n
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  • A green roof installed at low cost, by volunteers recruited via social media: This is the model Projects in Place has created. Projects In Place is under no illusions that a few simple green roof solutions will make much of an impact on larger environmental issues, however by demonstrating that these technologies can be applied “quick and cheap” by volunteers shows just how accessible this technology - and others like it - can be.\n\nProjects In Place has found that by taking a flexible approach to the definition, design and implementation of green roofs has allowed every project, no matter how modest, to punch well above its weight in terms of its impact in the media and the general public. From its base of volunteers to its enlightened clients to its generous suppliers, every project has had an impact far beyond the scope of the project itself. And in so doing, every project has acted as a bridge opening this technology to perhaps hundreds of new supporters and possibly future adopters and clients.\n\n\n\n
  • A bit of a prologue, Radha was a spring board to many other projects, which I will talk about in a minute. We have built other green roofs since and even started to do green roof maintenance as a way to generate income that we can reinvest into our community projects.\n
  • Expanding the scope and definition of what a “green roof” is to include a wider range of activities, such as bee keeping, seed propagation houses, eco pods and similar temporary structures, further expands the scope and influence of green roofs by bringing in a wider range of practitioners, advocates and enthusiasts. \nProjects In Place has found that by taking a flexible approach to the definition, design and implementation of green roofs has allowed every project, no matter how modest, to punch well above its weight in terms of its impact in the media and the general public. From its base of volunteers to its enlightened clients to its generous suppliers, every project has had an impact far beyond the scope of the project itself. And in so doing, every project has acted as a bridge opening this technology to perhaps hundreds of new supporters and possibly future adopters and clients.\n\n
  • A critical barrier to green roof technologies gaining wider acceptance have been a range of myths around technical issues of implementation, cost and warranty. Efforts to dispel these myths have led designers to focus primarily on technical arguments, directed primarily towards regulators, policy makers, developers and insurers. Getting this message is obviously crucial, but perhaps the industry could pay more attention to a much simpler path to wider acceptance: Simply give the general public more opportunities to touch, feel and participate in the installation of relatively simple green roof systems. An incentive program focusing on neighborhood buildings, residences, small structures, etc… would be a way to improve the visibility of this technology among the wider public. A common industry goal of a green roof in every neighbourhood may do more to address the many myths associated with this technology than any lobbying effort ever could.\n
  • What if smaller community-based initiatives are the low-hanging fruit of green roofs gaining wider acceptance. Yes, with projects like the Convention Center we have truly hit the big time, but we can’t forget that these small initiatives that regular people just stumble across are just as important.\n
  • This kind of approach would mean settling for smaller initiatives. The Convention Centers are important.\n
  • Fundamentally, I want to be able to share what I do with the people I love. Projects In Place helps me do that. I want my children to know what I do and why its important. ANd PiP helps me do that.\n
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  • 1 A Green Roof Raising R a d h a Yo g aProjectsIn Place Radha | Green Roof
  • 2 About Us Projects In PlaceProjectsIn Place Strathcona | Green Roof Build
  • Our Mission: To h e l p p e o p l e n o t o n l y design but build projects that make c o m m u n i t i e s b e t t e r.ProjectsIn Place Rice Block | Community Garden
  • Who We Are Designers, Educators, Business, Artists, Folks Who Give A Damn!ProjectsIn Place SOLEfood | Urban Farm
  • What We Do Design, Educate, Organize and Build. ANY project in ANY place.ProjectsIn Place SOLEfood | Urban Farm
  • SPIN-OFFS Wo r k E x p e r i e n c e , Networking, Community Building, Economic Development, Place Making, Environmental AwarenessProjectsIn Place Killa rney Ga rdens | Playground
  • A Green Roof Raising DesignProjectsIn Place Te x t
  • 8 Radha 1 0 5 Ye a r s O l d | R e d u c e building GHG emissions | Reduce electrical consumption | Reduce water use by |ProjectsIn Place Te x t
  • 9 G r e e n Te c h n o l o g i e s I n s u l a t e | A i r- s o u r c e h e a t pump |White Roofing | G r e e n r o o f | Tu b u l a r Skylights |ProjectsIn Place Te x t
  • 10 Constraints We i g h t L i m i t a t i o n s : 1 0 p p s f Budget Limitations: <$8psf T i m e L i m i t a t i o n s : 2 We e k sProjectsIn Place Radha Roof | Before
  • 11 T h e Te a m (Clockwise From Back Left) B r y c e G a u t h i e r, C h a r l i e Chen, Heidi Lam, Karen L i u , T i m Te w s l e y .ProjectsIn Place Radha | (Before)
  • Wall-Shade Loving/ Hardy Plant Suggestions Type Hardy/ Shade-loving 12 Fern Shade-loving Tropical/Maranta Shade-loving Tropical/Maranta Shade-loving EXISTING WALL Chlorophytum Shade-loving-reduce indoor air GALVANIZED AND POWDERCOATED CARBON ST PAGE L1.1 Dracaena/ Tropical Shade-loving Evergreen/succulent Shade-loving Herbaceous Perennial Flowering/ Tropical Shade-loving GREEN WALL PLANTS, SEE DETAIL 1/L1.O Shade-loving 12MM TPO MEMBRANErb) Decorative Herb Shade-loving Herb Hardy ARCHITECTURAL STAINLESS OR POWDER COATE Herb Hardy/shade-loving 25MM WATER RETENTION FLEECE Herb Shade-loving 100MM HYDROPONIC FOAModoratum) Herb Herb Shade-loving Hardy CONCEPT RIOR PLANT LIST 2 GREEN WALL , ELEVATION Pods, Sedum Mats, G r e e n Wa l l s 1:10 3156 2438 2438 3438 Green Wall Panels: 30 lb/sq. ft for plant and ditional weight allowance for frames.GHT ALLOWANCES 1000nt required for green wall area.d to frame, preferred.HTING REQUIREMENTS GREEN WALL , PERSPECTIVE GREEN WALL , ELEVATION GREEN WALL, SECTION 5 1:10 6 1:10 7 1:10 JOB NO.: 09-05 Projects DA TE: SCALE : 2008 / 07 Sheet Sca le In Place DR AWN BY: BG CONCEPT FOR CUSTOM GREEN WALL STRUCTURAL REVISION SET - CONCEPT ONLY CHECKE D B Y: BG Te x t RADHA GREEN ROOF CONCEPTS 1 01/06/09 STRUCTURAL REV IEW SE AL: RE V. NO. : 1 NO. DA TE RE VISI ONS
  • Design Challenges  Structural Limit  Budget Constraints  Easy Installation  Low Maintenance Saturated Weight = 50 kg/m2 (10 psf)ProjectsIn Place Te x t
  • Wall-Shade Loving/ Hardy Plant Suggestions Type Hardy/ Shade-loving 14 Fern Shade-loving Tropical/Maranta Shade-loving Tropical/Maranta Shade-loving EXISTING WALL Chlorophytum Shade-loving-reduce indoor air GALVANIZED AND POWDERCOATED CARBON ST PAGE L1.1 Dracaena/ Tropical Shade-loving Evergreen/succulent Shade-loving Herbaceous Perennial Flowering/ Tropical Shade-loving GREEN WALL PLANTS, SEE DETAIL 1/L1.O Shade-loving 12MM TPO MEMBRANErb) Decorative Herb Shade-loving Herb Hardy ARCHITECTURAL STAINLESS OR POWDER COATE Herb Hardy/shade-loving 25MM WATER RETENTION FLEECE Herb Shade-loving 100MM HYDROPONIC FOAModoratum) Herb Herb Shade-loving Hardy CONCEPT RIOR PLANT LIST 2 GREEN WALL , ELEVATION Pods, Sedum Mats, G r e e n Wa l l s 1:10 3156 2438 2438 3438 Green Wall Panels: 30 lb/sq. ft for plant and ditional weight allowance for frames.GHT ALLOWANCES 1000 GREEN ROOF PLANTS WITH NON-INVASIVE ROOT SYSTEMS (MIXED HERBS AND SEDUMS). MAX 300mm HEIGHT. 150MM MAX. LIGHTWEIGHT GROWING MEDIUM BY ECO-SOIL, SEE SPEC.nt required for green wall area. 150MM MAX. LIGHTWEIGHT GROWING MEDIUM BY ECO-SOIL, SEE SPEC.d to frame, preferred. ADDITIONAL MEMBRANE, NOT AFFIXED, PLACED ON TOP OF EXISTING ROOF SYSTEM.HTING REQUIREMENTS GREEN WALL , PERSPECTIVE GREEN WALL , ELEVATION GREEN WALL, SECTION 5 1:10 EXISTING ROOF, UNTOUCHED. 6 1:10 7 1:10 JOB NO.: 09-05 Projects DA TE: SCALE : 2008 / 07 Sheet Sca le PLANTER SOIL MIX In Place DR AWN BY: BG CONCEPT FOR CUSTOM GREEN WALL STRUCTURAL REVISION SET - CONCEPT ONLY Te x t The soil for planters that could be used to grow vegetables would be a slight variation on Green Roof Growing Media. By increasing the organic matter CHECKE D B Y: BG RADHA GREEN ROOF CONCEPTS 1 content vegetables are able to thrive and we still stay under our conservative saturated weight estimates of 75 lbs per cubic foot. This product is called 01/06/09 STRUCTURAL REV IEW Enhanced container blend. SE AL: RE V. NO. : 1 NO. DA TE RE VISI ONS
  • 15 Build DayProjectsIn Place B u i l d D a y | Vo l u n t e e r s
  • 16 Logistics Tr a n s p o r t , P e r m i t s , Planning, Unloading, Membrane Protection, StagingProjectsIn Place Build Day | Delivery
  • 17 Safety Issues: Fall Protection, WCB, S a f e t y P l a n s , Wa i v e r s , Insurance, Orientation, S a f e t y Te a m sProjectsIn Place Components | Root Barrier
  • 18 Components: Root BarrierProjectsIn Place Components | R o o t B aTeix t rr er
  • 19 Components: Filter Fab + DrainageProjectsIn Place Components | Moisture Retention Fleece
  • 20 Components: Moisture RetentionProjectsIn Place Components | Root Barrier
  • 21 Components Sedum MatsProjectsIn Place Components | Sedum Mats
  • 22 Interpretation Explanation, Education, Preparation, Participation, ExecutionProjectsIn Place Inside Radha’s Renovation
  • 23 EducationProjectsIn Place Radha | Orientation
  • 24 PreparationProjectsIn Place Radha | Interpretive/Safety Guides
  • 25 ParticipationProjectsIn Place Radha | Materials Prep
  • 26 ExecutionProjectsIn Place Radha | Sedum Mats
  • Friday » October 2 » 2009Green roof funded by grant 27Kim DavisSpecial to the SunWhen I take my 18-month-old son for awalk I want him to see an example of thistype of technology in our neighbourhood."The speaker is landscape designer BryceGauthier, the technology a green roof he is Conclusionshelping to install on a commercial buildingin Vancouvers Strathcona neighbourhood. "I Education Reduced Cost = Increasedwant him to see that there are things wecan all do that go beyond high-efficiencylight bulbs and electric cars."Gauthier is director of a new organization,Projects in Place Society. Its purpose is the Accessibilitypromotion of innovations in ideas andtechnologies by the at-no-cost provision of CREDIT: Canwest News Service A P a t h To I n c r e a s e ddesign and technical expertise to people Client, designer and supplier gatheredwanting to demonstrate environmentalstewardship. recently atop the Radha Eatery &amp; Yoga building for the proverbial before image. At the rear are Bryce Gauthier, the Acceptance Projects In Place director and ProjectsThe green roof that is its current project will member Charlie Chen. Front row (frombe installed today, atop Radha Yoga & left): Tim Tewsley of Radha Eatery &amp; CommunityEatery on Main Street. Yoga; Karen Liu of Xero Flor Canada, the roof supplier; and Heidi Lam, a Projects member. Grant money from Vancity andProjects in Place permits people who could the Real Estate Foundation funded thenot otherwise afford green expertise towork with experts. project. Group raising green roof awarenessPeople sometimes look at a budget and think, we can afford the product, butthere is no way we can afford everything else that goes with it, Gauthiercomments.The new roof is part of a renovation which was funded by a green building grantfrom Vancity and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.Xero Flor, a German supplier of green roofs, provided the Radha roof at adiscounted price. Projects in Place is providing installation for a nominal fee.Gauther estimated that the Radha roof will cost about 40 per cent of what itwould normally cost.Projects in Place encourages anyone who wants to build a better, moresustainable community and/or implement green technologies to contact thesociety. There is a stipulation: any project proposed needs to provide some sortof community good. Sound a bit vague? Gauthier says that is on purpose, as itallows the group to accept projects on a case-by-case basis. While Projects inPlace focuses on environmental awareness, "It is not strictly environmental," saysGauthier. "It is about making places better."As part of their commitment to education and increasing awareness, society Projects In Place Te x t
  • 28 Green Roof Maintenance Eclipse | Radha | B r o a d w a y Te c h C e n t e rProjectsIn Place Eclipse Awa rds | Maintenance
  • Expand The Definition E c o P o d | Te m p o r a r y Structures | Brown Roofs | Planters | DIYProjectsIn Place R adha | EcoPod
  • 30 A P a t h To A c c e p t a n c e A Green Roof In Every NeighbourhoodProjectsIn Place R adha | EcoPod
  • 31 Te x tProjectsIn Place Te x t
  • 32 Strathcona Schoolhouse Green Roof + Art InstallationProjectsIn Place Green Roof | Dormer + Ar t Project
  • 33 InspirationsProjectsIn Place Stratchona | Build Day
  • 34 SOLEfood 1.0 Urban Farming In The DTESProjectsIn Place Solefood | 1.0
  • 35 SOLEfood 2.0 (Almost)ProjectsIn Place Solefood | 2.0
  • 36 SOLEfood 1.0 Urban Farming In The DTESProjectsIn Place Solefood | 1.0
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