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11/15/2010

ASLA Green Roof Earns Top North American Design Honor

The ASLA green roof, located in its downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters, has earned recognition as one of the best in North America. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will present ASLA with its 2010 Award of Excellence in the Institutional Intensive category, which honors innovative green roof design in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The ceremony will take place at CitiesAlive: 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, December 2.

“We are deeply honored by this award,” says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “We wanted to create a space to push the envelope of green roof design, educate the public on the benefits of green roofs, provide an amenity to our staff, and facilitate easy data monitoring—all within a 3,000-square-foot footprint. This is a proud day for us.”

In the spring of 2006, ASLA replaced the original membrane on the 12-year-old building with one of the first green roofs within the District of Columbia. In addition to its being a retrofit and having an unusual design, judges commented on the amount of research done on the roof’s plant palette and the fact that the roof is not only accessible, but in frequent use for everything from yoga classes to public tours.

“This is a fabulous demonstration project that illustrates the potential of creative design work on green roof projects,” says Steven Peck, Hon. ASLA, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “There is no question that ASLA’s green roof delivers on its promise as a showcase of multiple benefits.”

The award will be presented at the CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence luncheon in Vancouver. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the British Columbia Institute of Technology are cohosting CitiesAlive: 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Trade Show from November 30 to December 3, 2010, at the Pan Pacific Hotel and Vancouver Convention Center. More than 50 expert speakers will share the latest design integration and economic, social, and environmental research, including acoustical benefits, green wall thermal benefits, life cycle cost/benefit studies, and solar PV/green roof integration. Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information.

For more information about ASLA’s roof, visit www.asla.org/greenroof.

For more information on the awards, visit www.greenroofs.org/index.php/awardsexcellence/2010-awards.

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