Green Technology Integration | When 1 + 1 + 1 = 5
Combining green technologies can provide a higher ROI than when using them individually. It can also significantly increase LEED performance.
Design professionals are generally aware of the benefits of green roofs, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaics. However few are aware of the symbiotic benefits that technologies like these provide when they are used together in a single project. Benefits can include improved building envelope performance, higher LEED qualification and an enhanced return on investment for clients.
Photovoltaics and Green Roofs
Most photovoltaic arrays are simply mounted on roofs that have exposed membranes reaching upward of 50º+C (150ºF). This overheating greatly reduces the performance of PV modules by 25% or more.
A green roof reduces the ambient temperature around PV modules by over 50% adding to PV performance, lifespan and ultimately requiring less PV modules to be installed for the same power output.
ZinCo provides a solar rack system that does not require any structural mounting to the roof - it is held in place by the drain board and ballasting. Wind up-lift is countered by increasing the depth of the growing medium, ballast or river rock under the rack mounting system.
Green Roofs Are Naurally Cool | Twice As Cool On Average
Photovoltaics Perform Better When Cool | Efficiency Gains Up To 33%
Architek provides a range of site water management solutions: design and consultation for owners and architects, supplier of advanced products & systems, plus installation and project management services.
Architek's site-water management solutions fall into two key areas:
1. Storm Water Mitigation
Control water retention and drainage to reduce the flow into city drainage systems, thereby avoiding or reducing subsequent flooding, on your own site as well as in the surrounding city.
2. Water Conservation
Conserve and re-use water to save money and help the environment at the same time. As water become more scarce and expensive, conservation become ever more cost-effective and necessary.
Consultation & Design Services
Architek works in conjunction with civil engineering partners to provide comprehensive site-water design and systems recommendations. We can help you address many site-water management issues, including:
- Local municipal stormwater requirements & bylaws
- Site Design
- System solutions
Storm Water Mitigation | Products & Technologies
Architek works with industry-leading companies with well-proven products and services. Each technology below can be part of a comprehensive storm-water management plan:
Green roofs provide protection from flooding through storm water retention. Our green roof partners, Zinco and Soprema, are two of the industry leaders in green roof build-up systems:
Permeable Pavement and Hardscapes
Permeable materials allow water to drain into the ground and replenish the water table, instead of being directed into city sewers, which can overload infrastructure and wash pollution into local waterways.
The Ecoraster line of products from Purus provides a range of solutions for permeable hardscaping and erosion control.
GRAF EcoBloc High-Effeciency Storm Water Management System
GRAF EcoBloc is an extremely cost effective, easy-to-install and high performance method to manage storm water with a smaller land use footprint. For more detailed information, please click n the link below.
Our in-house designers work with landscape architects and local suppliers to create complementary solutions to site-water-related issues. Technology examples include catchment systems and attractive rain gardens.
Water Conservation | Products & Technologies
Architek has been involved in rainwater harvesting and other water conservation technologies for many years, including:
- scalable rainwater storage tanks,
- water pumps, filters & controllers, and
- site-water recycling technologies.
We partner with a global leader in water conservation products:
Buildings That Live | part of a natural urban ecosystem
Architek's integrated green technologies improve both working & living environment + overall building value.
A | Green Roof
Increased roof life span, thermal conservation, stormwater mitigation, urban cooling and acoustic buffering
B | Rainwater
Management Reservoir systems for rainwater collection filter water and re-circulate throughout the building.
Enhances building cooling, reduces or eliminates HVAC power costs and reduces draw on municipal water supply.
Provides irrigation for green roofs and living walls or facades.
Provides circulating water source for radiant floor & ceiling systems.
Stored water can be designed in as a tuned mass damper for earthquake mitigation.
C | PV Solar Panels
Solar power provides energy from green roof for pumps when required to irrigate green roof and circulate radiant floor or ceiling system
Reduces interior temperature and shades the floor and ceiling slab in direct sun, providing further thermal conservation
D | Living Wall & Living Facade
Increased thermal conservation, stormwater management, urban cooling and acoustic buffering