Press & Media Coverage

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October 11, 2017

Hydrotech Expands Garden Roof® Assemblies with the InstaGreen® GT-4 Tray

ANJOU, QUEBEC (October 11, 2017) Hydrotech – a market leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products and assemblies, today announced the introduction of the InstaGreen ® GT-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 stormwater management plan by providing valuable green space as a BMP 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. The tray is composed of 100% fully recycled content and features other key benefits such as:

300 mm x 600 mm high performance format can hold up to 100 mm of media for optimum plant growth Unique reservoir base design for increased water capacity and sustained plant growth in times of drought Perforated side walls to promote inter-tray... Continue Reading
October 1, 2017 Published by: Jean Garon - Voir Vert Magazine, Fall 2017

Creating “Green” hospitals; Quebec is seeing a “going green” movement emerging in the health care industry, as well as, creating environments centered around the public (French article)

Over the last ten years, enormous sums have been invested in the construction of modern university hospital centers and the renovation of existing establishments that have become obsolete. New institutions have a much more environmentally responsible profile by considering environmental impacts, social benefits, and economic sustainability throughout their life cycle. This is the case of the University of Montreal hospital (CHUM), the McGill University health center (CUSM) and the CHU Sainte-Justine, just to name a few. Continue Reading

April 3, 2017 Published by: Living Architecture Monitor

Update on Wind Standards

Wind data is a critical issue to consider when building a new structure. An increase in the number of green roofs on buildings has driven a need for new wind design standards to be written for vegetative roofing assemblies. Richard Hayden discusses what is being done to update the protocol that is in place to incorporate built-up (loose laid) vegetated roofing assemblies. Continue Reading

July 1, 2016 Published by: Magazine Voir Vert, été 2016

One category , three prizes at the Durabilys event of the CaGBC-Qc (French article)

Exceptional green roof price at the 2016 Durabilys event . This contest was designed to recognize and promote outstanding projects in 3 categories (residential, commercial/industrial and institutional).

Congratulations to Les Toits Vertige for installing 3 of the winning green roof projects.

The prize winner in the institutional category, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium , includes the first GardNet growing media confinement system installation in Quebec. Continue Reading

July 1, 2016 Published by: Marie Gagnon - Magazine Voir Vert, été 2016

Plant integration; A look at the integration of vegetated systems as components of buildings. Earnings and operating instructions. (French article)

Green space in cites actively reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, increase oxygen generation, counter the heat island effect, and reconnects nature with a world of grey. These benefits allow big cities to develop in a clean environment with conditions that are enjoyable for all. Cities will no longer be stifled by pollution, instead life will thrive from the streets to the rooftops. Continue Reading

June 15, 2016 Published by: *Marjolaine Auger - Infolettre Juin 2016, Savaria

The smart choice of a good quality growing media, the key to a successful vegetative roof (French article)

The reputation of green roofs lie in their aesthetic value and their innovative architectural aspect, but above all in their power to provide a wide range of energetic and environmental benefits. In Quebec, since the late 90s, vegetative roof assemblies have been consistently evolving with the development of new technologies and sheer number of installations. This also applies to the growing media performance that is optimized to meet the specific conditions of a roof or project. Soil science has become a major factor for the the building envelope.

References employed in this article:

1) Research Association of Landscape Development and Construction; Guidelines for the Planning, Construction and Maintenance of Green Roofing’ Edition 2008, . 2) Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls, Revised and Updated Edition 2008. 3) Guide de référence en fertilisation, 2ème édition. 4) Adapté de Brady and Weil, 1999. 5) Soil Chemistry, Hinrich L. Bohn, 3rd edition... Continue Reading
September 1, 2015 Published by: Marc Chenouda - SABMag, Issue number 49, Fall 2015

Montreal Planetarium: Star-gazing building demonstrates environmentally-responsive architecture on Earth

Located within Montreal's iconic Olympic Park complex, this project was the winning entry in a two-stage international competition. The project brief called for an intervention that would humanize the rather bleak site, which included an existing underground parking structure adjacent to the Olympic stadium. Together with the nearby Botanical Gardens, Insectarium and Biodome, the Planetarium is part of Montreal's 'Space for Life', the largest concentration of natural science museums in Canada. Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Garden Roof® Planning Guide App Now Available on All Major Platforms

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 27, 2015) American Hydrotech’s free, interactive Garden Roof® Planning Guide app is now available on all major mobile platforms. Visit to download the Garden Roof® Planning Guide app from either the Apple Store, the Google Play Store, or the Windows Store.

Any mobile device user can immediately download the app for a comprehensive guide to vegetative roofs, from concept to completion. Users can also learn about the American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly and its benefits, including economic incentives and environmental factors like stormwater management.

The app features pinch-to-zoom product photography, video animations, photo galleries showing Garden Roof® Assemblies in real-world applications, and design considerations. In addition to the new app, readers can send an email to or visit the American Hydrotech Resource Center to request a published version of the Garden Roof® Planning Guide... Continue Reading

March 1, 2015 Published by: Bruce Duncan - Pushing the Envelope Canada Magazine, Spring 2015 OBEC

Garden Roof Augments Vancouver Heritage Building Redesign

From a one-storey distribution warehouse to a 10-storey high-end commercial property, 564 Beatty Street in Vancouver’s eastern downtown district has seen a lot of change in its 106 year history. Fortunately, the design team, contractors and owner/developer involved in this transformation project had the vision and talents to deliver an exceptional property. Although designated as a heritage building, the design team overcame the challenges inherent when working with older construction techniques and delivered a creative solution. The result is a contemporary four-storey addition atop the existing six-storey heritage building.

One strategy used to move from a Class B ‘Brick and Beam’ designation to a Class A designation with contemporary offices and high-end restaurant space was to incorporate three garden roofs in the new addition. The largest garden roof on the 10 th floor offers views on three sides and is accessible from the amenity room. A second garden roof is located... Continue Reading

February 1, 2015

Hydrotech Membrane Corp. Launches Redesigned and Enhanced Website; Debuts a Robust Resource Center for Architecture Community

VILLE D’ANJOU, QUEBEC, CANADA (February 1, 2015) Hydrotech Membrane Corporation, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, is pleased to announce the launch of its fully redesigned website . The new website bolsters existing content and information but also offers enhanced user experience, an intuitive user interface, and is optimized for mobile technologies.

Hydrotech Membrane Corp. Resource Center – Leveraging the technology that sister company American Hydrotech implemented, the new website offers complimentary content to empower architects, landscape architects, contractors and installers to learn about waterproofing assemblies and green roofs installed around the world. With customizable lists, users can navigate through project lists, tech data sheets and more for content specific to their region and needs. Product brochures, specification guidelines and access to Hydrotech... Continue Reading

January 1, 2015 Published by: Magazine Construire ACQ, volume 30, no 1 - Hiver 2015

Une toiture végétalisée pour le Centre des Loisirs de Westmount

Au cours de l'été 2013, des employés d'Imperco (pour l'imperméabilisation) et de Toits Vertige ont procédé à l'installation d'une toiture végétalisée de 66 000 pieds carrés (6136,6 mètres carrés) au Centre des loisirs de Westmount. Marjolaine Auger, agronome conseillère en toitures végétales du fabricant Les Membranes Hydrotech (Hydrotech Membrane Corp.), décrit ce qui a été fait: Continue Reading

October 28, 2014

Hydrotech Receives the OBEC 'Distinction for Materials' Award

In 2014, Hydrotech received the Distinction for Materials Award from the Ontario Building Envelope Council . This Award is given to recognize a significant improvement to building envelope construction or performance. The improvement must be demonstrable and advance excellence in building science, in the context of the building envelope.

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