Aug’11 Newsletter v18-WallFARM

Volume 18: August 2011
g_space LLC
726 S Hutchinson St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Off 215 928 8900
Cell 267 249 0771
Fax 815 572 0136 admin@gspacedesign.com gspacedesign.com phillygreenwall.com
PHILLY GREEN WALL INSTALLS THE FIRST wallFARM URBAN FARMING SYSTEMPhilly Green Wall and g_space recently installed the first WALLfarm system in South Philadelphia at the offices and studios of g_space. The system utilizes GLT 6″ deep stainless steel green wall panels and is currently  growing; tomatoes, zucchini, Japanese eggplant, beets, bell peppers, chili peppers, and arugula all in 40 sf of growing area for the two lower sections. An additional 30 sf of growing area is planned in the 2nd phase upper section. The wallFARM has an automatic drip irrigation system and fertigation system. The system can capture rain water and send it through the drip system. This wallFARM system bracketing and catwalk was designed and fabricated in g_space studios. The modular system can be expanded horizontally and vertically.ROOF TOP URBAN FARMING G_space has installed the first phase of our intensive green roof. The intensive section, utilized for urban farming has an 8″ -12″ soil depth over GLTi patented interlocking green roof panels. The GLTi panels are flexible and can be field cut to any configuration. This modular approach allows for easy future expansion of the green roof. The panel system is installed over 4″ of high density polyisocyanurate insulation board, providing R=20 insulation and ample protection to the roofing membrane from gardening activities such as digging or staking plantings. Roof Top Urban Farm – Tomato Plants Zucchini and Beets growing in Roof Top Urban Farm System The GLTi green roof system can easily accommodate paver systems to create an integrated deck. Installed here are slate pavers with sedums green roof around the perimeter.

IN THIS ISSUE
URBAN FARMING
Philly Green Wall introduces WALLfarm units
wallFARM Top view
Beets, and Peppers growing in WALLfarm
 Japanese Eggplant, Zucchini, and Parsley growing in wallFARM. Bottom catch basin collects excess irrigation water and can distribute it to Green walls below
Eggplants growing in Green Roof
Beets growing in green roof
 
Green Wall modular panels are produced by
Green Living Technologies Strategic Partner with Philly Green wall

SLOPED GREEN ROOFS Philly Green Wall and GLTi have developed a sloped green roof system that can be installed on slopes greater than 3:12. In East Hampton The first green roof on a 10:12 pitch was installed this past June. The projects features 720 sf of sloped green roof installed on a custom aluminum bracketing system that is does not penetrate the roofing membrane. 

 The project also included several levels of GLTi the pregrown green roof panels system. Photos taken day of installation. The advantage of our pregrown system is that it does not take three years for the green roof to grow in and establish, thus dramatically reducing maintenance costs related to weeding, soil erosion, Plant loss, soil dry out and other issues.

BERTY RESIDENCE
SLOPED GREEN ROOF
The project is a joint venture between Philly Green Wall, GLTi, and Green Bronx Machine. 
Green Bronx Machine is a program initiated at a High School in the Bronx  that trains High School students in Green roof and Green wall technologies as well as Urban Farming. The seven students on this project earned their first wages with their new found skills.
Sloped green roof Bracketing System. Aluminum brackets were fabricated at g_space/MNB Constructs studios
 
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HOW GREEN IS A GREEN WALL? Hydroponic green wall systems may have a larger carbon footprint than they can offset. These articles raise some questions:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/do-living-walls-really-contribute-to-clean-air.php#ch02

http://chicago.curbed.com/tags/embassy-suites

By contrast, GLTi soil based green wall systems do not use pumps or any electricity at all for irrigation as opposed to hydroponic systems that require regular consistent water flow to stay alive. In addition GLTi systems now use an optional fiber mulch mat at the face that helps retains moisture and soil.

GLTi soil based green wall system after winter season. Note that only a few cells need plant replacement.

A Local University staff member stated that a hydroponic type green wall will be installed in a new building on campus and that all the plants are expected to die and be replaced within one year. This maybe a good deal for plant maintenance companies but not for the rest of us. How sustainable is this considering the energy and other resources used for growing, transporting, and replanting?

GLT Soil based Living green wall systems have a much lower percentage of plant replacement than comparable hydroponic systems. The GLT Soil based system, when properly maintained average about 10-15% plant loss in the spring after a winter season. Maintainers of Hydroponic based green wall systems in Philadelphia reported a 50-70% plant failure rate, and now they are expecting 100% failure rate!

HOW GREEN IS THIS?
 
Hydroponic green wall system exhibits extensive plant loss after winter season.
The GLT Soil based Living green wall shown above in mid spring gets very little maintenance other than turning on the irrigation system. For any bare spots the perennials, Clematis, Phlox, Hostas, Vinca, Spirium, Lavender, Sage, Peppermint will grow in and fill in the wall completely by late spring.

PHILLY GREEN WALL COMPLETES GREEN WALL AND ROOF FOR THE CONCESSION FACILITY AT POINT STATE PARK PITTSBURGH PA   Green walls were installed on the two opposite sides of the LEED certified new concession facility. The living walls are 4″ deep GLTi stainless steel panels. 

POINT STATE PARK
PITTSBURGH PA
 
The Living Green Wall panels were grown with native species: Sedum Ternatum, Ajuga Reptans, Carex Platyphilla
Panels were pre-grown at the New Jersey based 
GREEN ROOF panels are GLTi Living green roof panels pre grown with a custom sedum mixture consisting of Sedum Album coral carpet, Sexangular Elatum, Spirium John Cheech, Spirium Dragons Blood, Rupestre Angelina
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TRY DOING THIS WITH HYDROPONIC GREEN WALL SYSTEMS Recently, g_space needed to re-point the facade, a new door and new windows were also installed. The test GLT green living wall needed to be removed. The soil based modular were easily removed and stored outside so they could get plenty of sun. Since they are soil based and have strong root development, they could easily survive some time without water. Going on two weeks in storage they are occasionally watered by hand with a hose shower. Competitive hydroponic systems tend to have complicated mounting and irrigation systems making them difficult to remove.

The GLTi system was removed and stored in less than 2 hours, re-installation took about 2 hours with the plants minimally impacted. 

REMOVING A GLTi GREEN WALL FOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE
Panels temporarily stored in yard and manually watered by hose
 
Wall Brackets remain in place during repairs
  

NEED FUNDING FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS?

G_space can assist home owners in obtaining Philadelphia Home Improvement Loans. PhilaLoan and PhillyNHS loans are available up to $25,000 at interest rates from 3-5% to qualified Home Owners. G_space is experienced in expediting application process.
 

PHILADELPHIA HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS CAN NOW BE USED TO FINANCE A GREEN ROOF The City of Philadelphia offers a 25% of the cost of a green roof as a tax credit for anyone installing a green roof that carries a business privilege license.  The City of Philadelphia has recently instituted a storm water runoff tax which can be reduced in proportion to the percentage of green roof installed.

CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION

215 928 8900

LOAN ASSISTANCE
g_space has also worked with Philadelphia Neighborhood Housing Services to assist our clients in obtaining these loans.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DO IT YOURSELF GREEN WALL KITS
Philly Green Wall now offers the DIY 4×4 and 2×4 wall mounted vegetable garden kit.

-The kit is complete with 4-24″ x 24″ x 6″ deep stainless steel patented GLT Living green wall panels

-pre loaded with growing media and fiber mulch mats.

-Also included are 4 mounting bars pre drilled, spacers.

-Compete planting and installation instructions

One of the following Irrigation options is necessary, Green wall panels cannot be effectively watered from the front after they are mounted on the wall

-Mill finish aluminum drip pan

-Brushed finished stainless steel drip pan

-pre cut and assembled 1/4″ drip line with hose connection

Other options include 

-Battery operated Irrigation Timer to automate watering

-Fertigation tank to automate fertilizing with watering cycles

-Aluminum or brushed stainless steel side and top trim kits

FREE DELIVERY
WITHIN 20 MILE RADIUS OF ZIP CODE 19147
INSTALLATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR MINIMAL COST IF COMPLETED AT TIME OF DELIVERY AND WALL MOUNTING SURFACE IS STRUCTURALLY ADEQUATE
4×4 WALLfarm kit  Philly Green Wall introduces the do it yourself Living Green Wall Kit featuring GLTi Stainless steel Living Green Wall panels. A FULL PRICING LIST FOR THE SYSTEMS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER
IF YOU HAVE IMMEDIATE NEED CONTACT US AT
215 928 8900
INSTALLATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR MINIMAL COST IF COMPLETED AT TIME OF DELIVERY AND WALL MOUNTING SURFACE IS STRUCTURALLY ADEQUATE
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GREEN WALLS IN HEAVILY SHADED AREAS

 
WORK IN PROGRESS
Loaded with shade loving plants, this Living green wall for a Cambridge, MA residence is being pre grown at
New Jersey based 
INSTALLATION IS SCHEDULED FOR
SEPT 2011
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BOSTON GREEN FEST

Green Living Technologies International and Philly Green Wall will be exhibiting Green wall and roof technologies. Lectures ans an interactive hands on demonstration of a green roof installation at Boston City Hall Plaza will be part of the weekend display. As part of an AIA CES lecture, qualified professionals can receive 1 CES credit for participation at no cost to the attendees.
BOSTON  GREEN FEST 2011
Philly Green wall and GLTi will be exhibiting at the upcoming Boston Green Fest From August 18 thru Aug 20 at Boston City Hall Plaza
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RETHINKING LUNCH AND LEARN  Philly Green Wall’s AIA accredited continuing education course on Green Walls and Green Roofs for Architectural Firms and other Organizations is now being offered as an after business hours lecture at the offices of G_space/ Philly Green Wall. Followed by wine and cheese, we hope to create a more relaxed atmosphere for the learning experience as well as demonstrate actual installations of green roof and green wall systems on our building.

 

Organizations that have already participated Include:
– Kieren Timberlake
– Ballinger
– H2L2
– Univ of Penn
– Ewing Cole
– Cope Linder
– Hillier
– Drexel Univ
– Harden and Van Arnam 
Upcoming Presentations:
TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR EARLY FALL 2011
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