Press & Media Coverage

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February 1, 2012

Green Roofs – Evolving From Amenity to Performance in Green Infrastructure

It’s an exciting time to be in the Green Roof industry. Education and interest have grown exponentially in recent years, and usage of green roof technology is constantly expanding on a global scale. Efforts to promote green infrastructure as a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional “grey” infrastructure continue to create new opportunities for Landscape Architects to incorporate green roofs into their projects. “Green” elements have long been used on roofs, though in the early days very sparingly, and very cautiously. Designers and engineers employing the technology had no official standards or information to work with. Soil weight, root ball weight, and plant selection decisions were based on trial and error, as well as preliminary information and suggestions from engineers, horticulturists, and nurseries. Important design considerations were to avoid roof overloading,... Continue Reading
November 7, 2011

American Hydrotech Promotes Kevin Serena to Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinator

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 7, 2011) - American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the promotion of Kevin Serena to Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinator. In this new role, Serena will be responsible for the ongoing development of the quality control verification process for Hydrotech’s Garden Roof components, in addition to serving as main point of support for Hydrotech staff, sales force and Green Roof Professionals in all regions across the U.S..

“American Hydrotech has great confidence in Kevin’s abilities as he continues to be a highly-respected, professional asset to our company, vendors and customers,” said Richard Hayden, Garden Roof Department Manager of American Hydrotech, Inc. “His new role will allow Hydrotech to continue improving our level of quality control... Continue Reading

February 16, 2011

American Hydrotech Hires Richard C. Hayden as Garden Roof Department Manager

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 16, 2011) American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the addition of Richard C. Hayden as Garden Roof Department Manager. In this role, Hayden will be responsible for overall management of the Garden Roof department, including ongoing promotion of Hydrotech’s Garden Roof® Assembly in and effort to educate and engage architects, owners, developers and installers in the design, installation and overall benefits of green roofs.

Hayden brings more than 30 years of landscape architecture experience to Hydrotech, an expert in all aspects of design and management of streetscapes, parks, plazas, infrastructure and site development projects for schools, fire stations and other municipal facilities. His experience has included a number of green roofs in the... Continue Reading

February 1, 2011 Published by: Anna Suardini – Sustainable Facility Magazine, February 2011

Room to Grow: Rooftop Vegetable Gardens Provide New Opportunities in Urban Environments

Room to Grow: Rooftop Vegetable Gardens Provide New Opportunities in Urban Environments

A grown produce increases, urban communities are becoming more and more creative in finding ways to meet that demand. Urban agriculture can be as simple as windowsill herb gardens or as vast and vibrant as large community gardens that encompass entire city blocks. The acres of unused building rooftops in these areas present the perfect environment to contribute substantially to the volume of locally grown produce in urban communities.

GARY COMER YOUTH CENTER, CHICAGO Not only do urban rooftops provide the space, sunlight and fresh air plants need to thrive, but in especially challenged neighborhoods they also provide a safe space for community members to interact with nature. At the Gary Comer Youth Center on Chicago's south side, students cultivate and maintain an 8,600-square-foot rooftop vegetable garden. The garden is part of a comprehensive "seed-to-table" program where... Continue Reading

November 23, 2010

American Hydrotech Launches Hydrology Tool for Calculating Overall Stormwater Management Benefits of Garden Roof® Assemblies

Technology offers design teams, engineers and landscape architects full, project-specific documentation to assess roof contributions in meeting both municipal and LEED stormwater requirements

CHICAGO (November 23, 2010) – American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the availability of an industry-first Hydrotech Hydrology Tool (HHT), providing architects, engineers, building owners and other members of the design team with full, project-specific reporting that contains an array of project-specific data to definitively document how a green roof assists in meeting overall stormwater requirements and goals.

The HHT aggregates project component performance data, integrates project-specific municipal/ LEED guidelines and then overlays a variety of “real life” retention and... Continue Reading

November 18, 2010

American Hydrotech Launches Interactive Garden Roof® Planning Guide

Flash Site offers step-by-step assistance in learning project-specific benefits, design considerations and individualized assembly specifications to landscape professionals, architects and building owners at all levels of garden roof knowledge

CHICAGO (November 18, 2010) – American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today launched an Interactive Garden Roof Planning Guide to clearly articulate and educate professionals on the benefits of vegetated roofs and assist them in determining specific Hydrotech assemblies to consider on projects. Through a personalized, step by step interactive environment, the technological elements behind various assemblies are simplified and ultimate design considerations are offered to professionals at all levels of their career or current understanding of green roofs... Continue Reading

November 17, 2010

American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assemblies Support Growing Trend of Edible Urban Landscapes

Landscape architects, architects take green roof projects to the next level to offer opportunities for education, food production and other sustainable benefits

CHICAGO (November 17, 2010) – American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced it has provided Garden Roof Assemblies and technologies to support structures that are leveraging underutilized roof space as opportunities for achieving the greatest level of sustainability – food production, horticultural learning and environmental awareness.

One example of a recreation of the urban ecosystem is the Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC), located in Chicago, IL. The GCYC offers extracurricular alternatives for young people to learn and study, in an effort to provide the needed support for students to graduate from high school, pursue... Continue Reading

August 11, 2010

Two Additional American Hydrotech Associates Accredited as Green Roof Professionals

Growing Number of Staff Certifications Underscores Company’s Knowledgebase of the Latest Technology and Solidifies Industry Leadership Position

CHICAGO (August 11, 2010) – American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced that Anna Suardini and Kevin Serena successfully completed the multidisciplinary exam on June 18, 2010, and have been accredited as Green Roof Professionals (GRP) by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American Green Roof Industry Association.

GRP accreditation acknowledges that an individual has attained the level of interdisciplinary knowledge of best practices associated with successful vegetative roof system design, installation and maintenance. The examination encompasses five areas of concentration, including pre-design, design, contract... Continue Reading

February 1, 2010 Published by: Nathan D. Griswold - Sustainable Facility, February 2010

Staying Green: How to Form a Proper Maintenance Plan for a Healthy Green Roof

Staying Green: How to Form a Proper Maintenance Plan for a Healthy Green Roof

Successful green roofs can be considered "low maintenance." However, they should never be viewed as "no maintenance." Not having a maintenance program in place will reduce the overall effectiveness of the initial investment made during installation.

All green roof systems should be accompanied by a detailed written maintenance procedures manual or guideline provided by the green roof installation company or system manufacturer. These should include elements such as irrigation frequency, proper weeding and fertilization, as well as recommended methods for dealing with insect and weed infestations, bare and wet spots, and drainage inspection. Some companies also warrant plant coverage for a designated period of time after installation if the required maintenance is performed. Be sure to review and retain all documentation for a clear understanding on warranty and expectations... Continue Reading

August 9, 2009

American Hydrotech Associates Accredited as Green Roof Professionals

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) Launches Inaugural Testing and Accreditation Programat 7th Annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustaining Communities Conference

CHICAGO (August 9, 2009) – American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced that three of the company’s associates have been accredited as Green Roof Professionals (GRP) by Green Roofs for Health Cities (GRHC), the North American Green Roof Industry Association. Nathan Griswold, Charles Loughrey and Trey Whitley all completed the necessary requirements and inaugural exam on June 5, 2009, during the 7th Annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, hosted by GHRC in Atlanta, Ga.

The GRP accreditation exam covers key areas of knowledge, encompassing five areas of concentration... Continue Reading

May 18, 2009

American Hydrotech Announces Waterproofing and Roofing Resource for Architects, Designers and Contractors

Industry leader in waterproofing, roofing and green-roof assemblies provides sustainable roof design resource handbook to industry professionals

CHICAGO (May 18, 2009) – American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the availability of a newly designed and updated roofing and waterproofing resource handbook for the architect and design community. From sustainable design techniques and waterproof product specification to proper installation techniques, the 2009 American Hydrotech Architectural Binder provides today’s building professional with resources and information needed for designing and waterproofing roof decks, plazas, vertical foundations, reflecting pools and green roof applications.

Each binder includes recommendations, guidelines and product spec sheets for various... Continue Reading

May 1, 2009 Published by: Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing - 2009 Vol. 5

Inverted Membrane Roof Systems

In an inverted membrane system, the coventional membrane arrangement is invereted or turned upside down. Inverted roof membrance assembly (IRMA) systems are used in applications where the membrane requires protection from site-specific hazards. These systems are typically applied in conditions where there is extensive roof traffic or to protect from excessive weather conditions such as multiple hail events. IRMA roofs protect the membrane from ultraviolet degradation and constant temperature changes. Continue Reading

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