Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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buildings of 25,000 square feet or more of floor area, and vegetated roof and solar panel combinations on existing buildings of that size when replacing their roofs. The city council however revised that ordinance; adding compliance options that would produce environmental benefits at less cost. And other places have building code requirements that the inclusion of a green roof can help satisfy. For instance: All projects receiving financial or zoning assistance from the city of Chicago must fulfill certain green building conditions, and all new city buildings must be LEED certified. Seattle requires 30% of plant coverage in commercial and neighborhood commercial zones and 50% Above: The effort to replace Hampton Roads Transit's 100-year- old bus maintenance facilities in Norfolk, Virginia, was headed up by the design team at InSites. The LEED Gold certified project included two green roofs - one that serves as an employee break area (bottom photo). January 2019 53 coverage in multi-family residential zones. Through the State Green Building Construction Act, all new government buildings and major renovation projects in New York must meet green building standards set by the state's Office of General Services. San Francisco's Green Building Ordinance sets criteria for stormwater runoff amounts. And legislative efforts continue: last year members of the New York City Council introduced various proposals that would require that the roofs of certain buildings have all or part of their available space covered with environmentally-friendly solutions such as a green roof system.

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