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Products - March 2012

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Living Walls
Green over Grey creates custom living walls, or green walls, using a system that incorporates a frame, automated irrigation system, and panels that provide structure as well as support for plants. The panels do not use soil, relying instead on a lightweight, porous growing medium that retains moisture and allows the roots to penetrate and strengthen the walls. The system is capable of growing anything from ground cover to small trees.

• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping

Green Over Grey
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Roof Drainage
Colbond's drainage products provide the foundation for green roofs. Their Enkamat root reinforcement drains water, anchors roots, and holds onto growing mediummaking it appropriate for sloped roofs or high-wind conditions. Enkadrain contains a waterproofing membrane and is made from 40% pre-consumer recycled polypropylene, whereas EnkaRetain & Drain not only provides drainage, but also has a water retention fabric that helps maintain the proper water balance for plants.

• SSc6.1: Stormwater DesignQuantity Control
• SSc6.2: Stormwater DesignQuality Control
• SSc7.2: Heat Island EffectRoof
• MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

Colbond Inc.
Enka, NC

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Modular System
Tournesol Siteworks manufactures VertiGreen trellises and Tournesol VGM exterior green walls. The VGM system uses planting modules made with recycled polypropylene that contain between four and eight inches of soil. The plant modules can be removed and attached independently for maintenance or remodeling and are supported by stainless steel, powder-coated mounting rails. Tournesol Siteworks recommends the use of water-saving drip irrigation with its green wall systems.

• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping

Tournesol Siteworks
Fremont, CA

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Plant Trays
Tremco Roofing manufactures BioTrays, biodegradable trays that hold a green roof medium and plants. Made with coconut husk fiber (coir) bound with natural vulcanized latex, the 17-inch-square, three-inch-deep carriers speed installation of green roofs and provide nutrition as they decompose over time. Tremco provides the medium and pre-grown, regionally appropriate plants for the BioTrays, and offers a 20-year warranty on the entire green roof system, including a three-year plant establishment warranty.

• SSc6.1: Stormwater DesignQuantity Control
• SSc6.2: Stormwater DesignQuality Control
• SSc7.2: Heat Island EffectRoof
• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping
• MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

Tremco, Inc.
Beachwood, OH

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GAF offers simplified green roof systems with its DuraGrow drainage foundation and Start-Rite growing medium. DuraGrow does the work of four products; it protects the membrane, retains water for plants, drains excess water, and keeps the system from clogging. Start-Rite incorporates organic fertilizers and is formulated for climate. Both sit on GAF's roofing membranes with warranties that cover the entire green roof.

• SSc6.1: Stormwater DesignQuantity Control
• SSc6.2: Stormwater DesignQuality Control
• SSc7.2: Heat Island EffectRoof

GAF Materials Corp
Wayne, NJ

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Plants for Green Roofs
Botanicals Nursery provides the New England region with regional native plants and roof soils, particularly those used for green roofs and roof landscapes. Botanicals Nursery matches site needs of New England roofs with appropriate soils and plants, while assessing the impact of those systems on storm-water management. The company tests plants for two years before allowing them to be used in any of its green roof projects.

• SSc6.1: Stormwater DesignQuantity Control
• SSc6.2: Stormwater DesignQuality Control
• SSc7.2: Heat Island EffectRoof
• SSc7.1: Heat Island EffectNon-Roof
• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping

Botanicals Nursery
Wayland, MA

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Green Wall Trellis System
Greenscreen is a three-dimensional, welded-wire green wall trellis system that supports growing vines. These trellises can be installed freestanding or mounted to a wall. They're available in a wrinkled matte finish in green or black, as well as a glossy finish in green, black, silver, or white. With careful plant selection and location, a green trellis system can provide energy savings from shading, while also bringing a little nature into our urban centers.

• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping

Los Angeles, CA

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Green Wall Systems
GSky offers two exterior green wall systems. The Pro Wall uses a stainless steel frame, panels that contain a structural growth medium made from coco fibers, and pre-grown plants. The Basic Wall Container System for larger walls uses a stainless trellis with integrated containers to support vines. Both systems use automated drip irrigation systems that monitor the green walls for temperature and moisture to maintain plant health and minimize water waste.

• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping
• MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Roof Gardens
Carlisle SynTec brands its green roofs "Roof Gardens," offering extensive systems (for smaller plants) and intensive systems (for larger plants and trees) that incorporate its MiraDRAIN growing mediuman all-in-one water retention, drainage, and filter compositeand regional sedum tiles. Carlisle also produces modular systems called Hydropak that use 100% recycled HDPE trays filled with growing medium, filter fabric, lightweight aggregate, and pre-grown plants.

• SSc6.1: Stormwater DesignQuantity Control
• SS c6.2: Stormwater DesignQuality Control
• SSc7.1: Heat Island EffectNon-Roof
• MRc4: Recycled Content

Carlisle SynTec, Inc
Carlisle, PA

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Extensive Plants
Green Roof Plants (Emory Knoll Farms) specializes in plants for extensive green roofs that use small plants, offering over 100 varieties of sedums, ground covers, and grasses. The company tests plant and roofing material interactions and conducts research year-round at its Maryland farm. Green Roof Plants also provides horticultural consulting for extensive green roof projects and even uses solar power for its greenhouse and water pumps.

• SSc6.1: Stormwater DesignQuantity Control
• SSc6.2: Stormwater DesignQuality Control
• SSc7.2: Heat Island EffectRoof
• SSc7.1: Heat Island EffectNon-Roof
• WEc1: Water-Efficient Landscaping

Green Roof Plants (Emory Knoll Farms)
Street, MD

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