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Welcome to what’s latest with Living Roofs—articles, events, and press features, with some special news updates sprinkled in.

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Oct 20, 2021

Grasses for Green Roofs!

Team LRI co-founder and landscape architect Kate Ancaya recently caught up with the team over at Hoffman Nursery to chat about grasses and green roofs. The folks over at Hoffman are the kind you want on your team: collaborative, knowledgeable, and curious. Check out their green infrastructure chart and Kate's "go to grasses"!

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Sep 28, 2021

Join Team LRI

We are hiring an Administrative Assistant to join our team and support the company with a variety of tasks and responsibilities.

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Aug 9, 2021

We are hiring!

Living Roofs Inc is growing and hiring a Project Designer to help with various drafting, graphic production, and administrative tasks. This position is ideal for a professional who thrives working on a diverse range of tasks ranging from pre-construction drawings and details, plant sourcing and scheduling, and production of presentation graphics. An ideal candidate for this position must be willing to adjust to a dynamic schedule that requires excellent organizational and communication skills. For example, some weeks might be filled with design work, while others are full of plant orders and administrative tasks to support our team during construction. There is an option for this to begin as a part-time position of 25-30 hours/week with an opportunity to grow into a full-time position, if preferred.

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Aug 5, 2021

City of Columbia Water and Wastewater Management Facility Awarded AIA Regional Award

We are late (but delighted!) to share that the City of Columbia Water & Wastewater Management Facility project received a prestigious AIA South Atlantic Region (SAR) Merit Award for Adaptive Reuse on September 16th, 2020, at the virtual awards gala of the annual SAR “Aspire” conference. The team over Watson Tate Savory knocked it out of the park on this one! The award was one of only 29 given in the region which includes Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Follow the link below to read more on this incredible project and the accolades it has recieved!

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City Water Awarded AIA Regional Award
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Apr 30, 2021

Now Hiring!

Are you interested in building green roofs? Of course you are! Team LRI is growing and hiring Green Roof Technicians to join our crew. Send your resume and references on over to info@livingroofsinc.com.

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Mar 19, 2021

Pro Landscaper Sustainability Issue Features Article by LRI Founder Emilio Ancaya

Check out LRI's own Emilio Ancaya's article discussing the benefits of one of our pollinator meadow roofs right here in the heart of Downtown Asheville, NC. Published previously by Asheville's Green Built Alliance, this article delves into the history and development of this unique project, and explains how it serves the building and local community as a site for supporting local biodiversity, adding rooftop amenity, providing excellent stormwater management and structural insulation, contributing to improved air quality, and combating rising urban heat island effects.

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Rooftops Reimagined
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Jan 28, 2021

Living Roofs, Inc. Partners with UNC Asheville Fellow to Assess Green Roof Benefits for Pollinators

Living Roofs, Inc. is pleased to present our collaboration with University of North Carolina Asheville 2020 McCullough Fellow, Linnea Van Manen on her research project “Assessing Green Roof Benefits for Pollinators.” During the Summer of 2020, Linnea partnered with LRI and utilized the pollinator meadow green roof at Garage Apartments right here in downtown Asheville with the goals of studying the practical application of urban agriculture and its impact on pollinators, and contributing to the existing literature regarding the relationship between vegetated roofs and pollinators.

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Dec 2, 2020

Living Roofs, Inc. Featured in Article at Blue Horizons Project

Check out this excellent article at Blue Horizons Project discussing the merits and benefits of building green roofs right here in the Southeast, spotlighting Living Roofs, Inc. and featuring insight from our very own Kathryn Blatt Ancaya. The article highlights downtown Asheville's Garage Apartments project, a green roof that was designed, installed, and is currently maintained by LRI. This project currently provides a range of advantages for the building, its residents, and the surrounding area, including pollinator habitat, stormwater retention, and aesthetic value. Follow the link to find out more about this project, and the virtues of green roofing in North Carolina and beyond!

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An Asheville-Based Company Working to Ignite the Green Roof Revolution
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Nov 10, 2020

Living Roofs, Inc. Featured in Latest Issue of Living Architecture Monitor

The Fall Awards Issue of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' Living Architecture Monitor is out, featuring Living Roofs' 2020 Award of Excellence in the Small Scale Residential green roof project category. The article recognizes Living Roofs' comprehensive involvement in the conception and installation of The Sandyland Cove green roof complex in lake Toxaway, NC. The award was announced previously earlier this October, and we are thrilled by the latest acknowledgement of our team's efforts toward the success of this unique project. To read the full article at Living Architecture Monitor, please follow the link below, and go to livingarchitecturemonitor.com for more.

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Fostering Resilient Communities at Any Scale
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Oct 19, 2020

Living Roofs, Inc. Green Roof Featured in Columbia Regional Business Report

Check out this article in the Columbia Regional Business Report spotlighting the City of Columbia Water and Wastewater Management Building’s green architecture, including a 14,000 square foot green roof designed and built by Living Roofs, Inc. in collaboration with Roofmeadow. Installed in 2017 and currently maintained by Living Roofs, the green roof at City of Columbia features a lush meadow of native and ornamental grasses and wildflowers, providing stormwater management and pollinator habitat along with a series of surrounding rain gardens. For more information on this project, see our page on the City of Columbia Water and Wastewater Management Facility at livingroofsinc.com.

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Thinking green pays off for Columbia architects
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Oct 8, 2020

Living Roofs, Inc. Honored with 2020 Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

We are proud to announce that Living Roofs, Inc. has received a 2020 Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities for The Sandyland Cove project in Lake Toxaway, NC. The project won this year's GRHC Small Scale Residential Award. The Sandyland green roof complex consists of three roofs across the residence’s main house, guest house and boat house and feature thriving communities of native cool and warm season grasses, perennial wildflowers and herbaceous groundcover. Aside from providing beautiful amenity spaces, the roofs reduce stormwater runoff, insulate the buildings below, and provide important wildlife and pollinator value in the form of food and habitat. The Sandyland project was a labor of love for all involved from conception to installation to ongoing maintenance. We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the effort our team has put into its development.

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Green Roofs For Healthy Cities Announces The 2020 Awards Of Excellence Winners
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Sep 29, 2020

Green Built Alliance Features Article By Emilio Ancaya of Living Roofs, Inc.

Blue Sky, Green Roof: Reimagining Asheville’s Rooftops - Article by Emilio Ancaya for Green Built Alliance

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Blue Sky, Green Roof: Reimagining Asheville’s Rooftops
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Jul 22, 2020

Living Roofs Inc featured in UNC Institute for the Environment Clean Tech Blog

Living Roofs Delivers on Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability - UNC Institute for the Environment

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Living Roofs Delivers on Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability
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May 1, 2020

Capital at Play

Capital at Play features Living Roofs Inc in the May 2020 issue

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Up on the Roof
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Mar 16, 2020

WE ARE HIRING!

Living Roofs, Inc. is adding to our green roof installation and maintenance crew. No green roofing experience is necessary. We are based in Asheville but we travel throughout the southeast installing and maintaining green roofs and living walls. 

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Aug 26, 2019

Living Roofs Inc honored with Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

We are proud to announce that we received a 2019 Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. The Garage Apartments project in Asheville, NC won the year's Multi-Unit Residential Award. On top of an apartment complex and eye-level with a neighboring hotel's pool patio, this small roof is a visual treat and designed to promote biodiversity, reduce roof temperature, provide habitat and food sources for native pollinators, and reduce stormwater runoff in downtown Asheville. 

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May 21, 2019

WE ARE HIRING!

Living Roofs, Inc. is seeking a skilled landscaper who has experience with plant installations and maintenance. Knowledge of irrigation installation is a plus. This position includes being part of our green roof installation team. No green roofing experience is necessary. We are based in Asheville but we travel throughout the southeast installing and maintaining green roofs and living walls. 

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May 6, 2019

New York City Passes Bill Requiring Green Roofs on New Buildings

In April, the New York City Council approved the Climate Mobilization Act. The Act is a series of bills and resolutions aimed to improve energy efficiency, cool the city, improve air quality, as well as reduce stormwater runoff and promote biodiversity. 

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Apr 1, 2019

2019 Green roof maintenance season has begun

The green roof maintenance season is underway! Green roofs across the Southeast are greeting the spring temperatures with new growth and buds. Maintenance is one of the services we offer and is crucial to keeping your green roof performing and looking its best. We also provide rehabilitation strategies and services for green roofs that are underperforming or need a little TLC.

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Jan 3, 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina Stormwater Program : Rainwater Rewards

Raleigh Rainwater Rewards Program will reimburse the cost of qualifying green roofs up to 90 percent. The amount of reimbursement is dependent on project location, available funding, and project cost. Reimbursements range from 75 to 90 percent of design and construction costs. 

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Raleigh Rainwater Rewards Program
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Sep 1, 2018

WNC Magazine includes Living Roofs, Inc. project in Burnsville, NC

The green roof was a small part of this incredible project and collaboration with the talented team over at Carlton-Edwards Architecture.

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Fresh Air : Barry and Sandra Bearden's Sky-High Mountain Air Retreat Blends Green Construction with Contemporary Style
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Jul 18, 2018

Legislation introduced to expand green roofs in New York City

In an effort to reduce energy output, a bill was introduced by three City Council Members that aims to mandate green roofs, solar power or wind turbines to be installed on new skyscrapers going up around New York City.

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Council Members Rafael Espinal, Donovan Richards, Stephen Levin Launch Campaign to Green New York City Roofs
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May 22, 2018

Roofing Magazine highlights a Living Roofs, Inc. project in Durham, NC

Xero Flor America, LLC and Living Roofs, Inc team up with a talented team of architects and builders for a project in Durham, NC.

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Green and Sustainable Roof Systems Highlight Durham Custom Home
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Feb 19, 2018

WE ARE HIRING!

We are seeking a skilled landscaper who has experience with plant installations and maintenance. Knowledge of irrigation installation is a plus.

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