Hydrotech Releases Fourth Edition of Garden Roof Planning Guide

Garden Roof Planning GuideAmerican Hydrotech announced the availability of the Fourth Edition of the company’s widely acclaimed Garden Roof Planning Guide. For the last five years, updated print, online and app versions of the complimentary resource have transformed more than 22 years of vegetative roof experience into an educational tool and resource for architects, facility management, building owners, installers and contractors on the latest technology, applications and benefits of vegetative roofs.

The Fourth Edition of the Garden Roof Planning Guide has expanded to more than 82 pages, including information on the latest environmental and structural challenges facing building and design professionals across the globe. It also includes an expanded section with new and innovative rooftop solutions for significant storm water management as well as a number of other industry resources for professionals to explore. Fresh content and compelling imagery is organized in easy-to-read sections that explore the latest technology and materials, design considerations, installation and maintenance perspectives.

“Being deep-rooted in the industry for more than half a century allows us to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation,” said Richard Hayden of American Hydrotech. “We understand the latest environmental and structural challenges architects, landscape architects, facility managers and other professionals face each day on their projects. Complimentary tools such as the Garden Roof and the Protected Membrane Roof Planning Guides allow us to share our experiences and knowledge and help determine the right assembly and the right, high-performing materials no matter what the design challenge.”

The Garden Roof Planning Guide complements the First Edition of the company’s Protected Membrane Roof Planning guide, launched and made available earlier this year. The Fourth Edition of the Garden Roof Planning Guide is currently available for download in PDF format at https://www.hydrotechusa.com/planning-guide or by requesting a copy via email at guide@hydrotechusa.com.

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Hydrotech Launches New Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide

PMR Planning GuideAmerican Hydrotech announced the availability of the company’s Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide, a new resource representing more than 50 years of proven assembly experience across the globe and 35-plus years of Hydrotech’s industry knowledge. According to the company, the guide strives to educate architects, engineers, general contractors and other design professionals on the key benefits of a protected membrane roof versus a conventional roof, the technology currently available and best practices for effective installations.

A Protected Membrane Roof (PMR), sometimes referred to as an Insulated Roof Membrane Assembly (IRMA), involves reversing the conventional arrangement of roofing materials — where the membrane is installed below the insulation layer, not above, thereby protecting it from physical abuse and Mother Nature. Hydrotech’s PMR Planning Guide further explores these benefits and outlines three key areas for an effective roof installation — good design, quality materials, and experienced workmanship.

The guide provides readers with more than 50 pages of compelling content and imagery organized in easy-to-read sections that explore areas such as typical assemblies and materials, design considerations, installation and maintenance, as well as a number of other industry information and resources. The guide also takes an in-depth look at today’s environmental challenges, detailing best practices, sustainability, LEED requirements and storm water management opportunities on the roof.

“We want to do our part by sharing our extensive industry experience to educate design professionals and building owners on the benefits of PMR assemblies,” said Edward Jarger of American Hydrotech. “Selecting the right membrane is the first step in achieving a long-lasting roof assembly. Hydrotech’s Monolithic Membrane 6125 is (MM6125) is perfect for PMR assemblies, in all its configurations. MM6125 is monolithic (seamless), fully bonded to the substrate and is designed to perform in a wet environment. Combined with Dow STYROFOAM brand insulation which exhibits excellent moisture resistance, high compressive strength and superior R-value, the ballasting options are almost limitless.”

The Hydrotech PMR Assembly Planning Guide is currently available for download in PDF format free of charge at http://www.hydrotechusa.com/pmrpg or by requesting a copy via email at PMR-Guide@hydrotechusa.com.

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Pre-Vegetated Tray Designed for Easy Transport and Installation

American Hydrotech introduces the InstaGreenGT-4 pre-vegetated trayAmerican Hydrotech introduces the InstaGreenGT-4 pre-vegetated tray, an expansion of the InstaGreen product line within the Garden Roof portfolio of assemblies. The GT-4 tray is one option for a storm water management plan by providing valuable green space as a best management practice on roofs to handle the first rains. It consolidates all growing media, drainage and vegetation in one convenient package for easy transport and installation by roofing professionals and landscape contractors.

According to the manufacturer, the tray is composed of 100 percent fully recycled content and its 12-inch-by-24-inch high performance format can hold up to 4 inches of media for optimum plant growth. It has a unique reservoir base design for increased water capacity and sustained plant growth in times of drought and perforated side walls to promote inter-tray root growth and water transfer. Integral connector clips are used to form a unified, seamless, vegetated surface and resist wind uplift forces. 

Vegetation options for the InstaGreen GT-4 tray are a standard sedum species blend designed to accommodate the rooftop conditions. A range of perennials can also be added to provide increased color, texture and habitat features for the pre-vegetated roof.

Planning Guide Explores Economics, Green Attributes and More of a Green Roof System

American Hydrotech's Garden Roof Planning Guide

American Hydrotech’s Garden Roof Planning Guide

The Garden Roof Planning Guide from American Hydrotech will lead you from conception to completion of your garden roof. Explore the economics, environmental qualities, stormwater management and green-building attributes of a Garden Roof Assembly. You’ll learn about the many options of Garden Roof Assemblies and their components, design considerations, growing media and vegetation, and installation and maintenance. The digital brochure features tap-to-zoom product photography, video animations, real-world applications, plant-selection guides, and interactive opportunities to learn more about the Garden Roof Assembly and other products from American Hydrotech. The Garden Roof Planning Guide is available for free download in the iTunes store.