Recently while doing maintenance at Camba Gardens Green Wall in Brooklyn NY, it was remarkable the impact the green walls has made on the residents. The walls needed extensive pruning and some replanting.During this process many of the residents would stop and comment how lucky they were that they had green wall in their building and that they had never seen anything like before not even in Manhattan. They expressed that they felt extremely privileged to have this vegetated wall and also thanked us for taking care of it and for giving it to them in the first place. While working the residents were excited about the prospect of being able to take some of the plant clippings and pot them to enjoy in their private residences. One of the women was waiting for clippings while we were cleaning up and realized that she may have come a little bit too late I told her we would save some the next time we came to leave them at the front desk with her name on it, she was very pleased. Continue reading “– THE POWER OF LIVE PLANTS ON THE WALL – the impact on residents” »
The Pleasant Playground Rec Building green roof in Germantown Philadelphia has made a full recovery and is flourishing after this exceptionally harsh winter. The only species that didn’t survive was the Ice Plant or Delosoerma, a succulent that we have used in green roofs on the past in limited quantities as an accent. All sedum species (Coral carpet, Sexangular, Angelina, Acre) as well as Creeping Thyme, have all come back and are growing profusely. The green roof was installed in late October 2013 and went into dormancy almost immediately for the winter. However, since the roof was pre-grown the plants were established enough to insure winter survival. Continue reading “– FULL RECOVERY FOR GREEN ROOF” »
Considerations for re roofing a deck area are deciding to tear off the existing roof or install an new roof over the existing layers of roofing. After inspections of the mod bit roof installed only a few years ago we noticed a number of areas that are open on this condo building. There were also soft spots observed when walking on it. It was decided that this roof should be torn off and start with a new base.
Probing the roof in multiple areas to check the structural integrity of the deck or roof sheathing is a good test to determine if tear off is necessary.
Check to see how many layers of old roofing are on the roof by cutting a hole in the roof prior to re-proofing. Roofing weight should be calculated and the structure examined to determine if too much weight is being added to the roof beams before re roofing.
Recently fabricated and installed at g_space studios is the full height barn door made entirely from reclaimed materials. The door frame is fabricated from reclaimed framing timbers, the panels are made from reclaimed flooring salvaged from the Divine Loraine Hotel in North Philadelphia. The steel and shall panels are excess materials form projects.
Baby its cold outside, But inside this little roof top green house its nice n warm. The green house was upgraded from last year to a taller design. It was also designed as a permanent frame with removable panels. In summer the frame can provide a growing trellis.
With these crops ripening all at once its more than can be consumed in a reasonable time, so were venturing into various preservation techniques. Having canned tomato sauce in the past, we know this process and how long it takes. But canned foods seem to retain more flavor and last longest. Freezing foods seem to lose flavor and texture. The best results with freezing have been with the vacuum sealing bags in the food saver.
Completely deteriorated steel angle lintels need to be replaced at the Montrose Street project. Here is the process.
The bay windows at Montrose St. were a source of enormous heat loss. With 3 exposed facades, the corner property is very uncomfortable in winter. Together with Duffy/Sabra architecture, MNB Constuucts renovated the bay windows utilizing a rain screen methodology and thermally insulating from the outside.
Here is the Process
G_space recently completed a residential renovation on the 1600 block of Hicks Street In Philadelphia. The renovation is for a single family residence on a limited budget to be put on the rental market.
Philly Green Wall has recently completed an extensive green roof at the Pleasant Playground Recreation Building in Philadelphia, PA. The extensive green roof is a pre grown mat system utilizing the GLTi mat system by Green Living Technologies Institute that provides superior water retention capacity, a seamless appearance with the roof accessible advantages of a tray system. Continue reading “– GREEN ROOF COMPLETED AT PLEASANT PLAYGROUND” »
Green walls for the front and rear areaways at Lindenguild Hall in the Bronx NY are now complete. The green walls are a series of green wall panels with brick piers between them.
Continue reading “– LINDENGUILD HALL GREEN WALL COMPLETE” »
Lindenguild Hall is a Affordable housing complex in the Bronx NY. The Architects chose GLTi green wall systems to create a warm environment in areaways that allow light into the lower level below grade. Since these areas don’t get a lot of daylight, shade loving plants were selected. Chocolate Mint, Boston Ivy, Pachysandra, Vinca Vine and Painted Japanese Ferns were used in 4″ deep GLTi aluminum green wall panels.
Continue reading “-LINDENGUILD HALL GREEN WALL NEARS COMPLETION” »
What to do with all this produce that ripens at the same time. These are some of the ways that the rooftop farm produce waas utilized.
— KALE SALAD all ingredients from the Roof top farm except avocado, onion, cashews, and spices
- 2 avocados mashed into bottom of bowl
- add chopped onion
- About 10 Kale leaves chopped fine stems removed
- Chopped Cucumber
- 1 chopped Sweet red bell pepper
- ground cashews about half a cup
- 1/2 fresh lime squeezed
- chopped tomato
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- Chianti wine vinegar to taste
- Coconut Vinegar to taste
- pinch of Cheyenne pepper
- Note no oil is used making it low in fat
— GRILLED ZUCCHINI. Due to excessive rain these zucchinis grew to fast and too big.
Continue reading “-ROOFTOP FARM HARVEST RECIPES” »
Roof top vegetables seem to be producing later than last season.
Continue reading “– SUMMER 2013 ROOFTOP FARM UPDATE” »
The green wall for the Hanson Martin residence in Cambridge is thriving and doing very well under the care of Janice Goodman at Cityscapes. Into its second year with minimal plant loss, some pachysandra was added to this wall that is located in a very shady area. The green wall utilizes 6″ deep GLTi stainless steel green wall panels and was installed by Philly Green Wall in fall of 2011.
Continue reading “– BOSTON GREEN WALL UPDATE” »