Ginkgo Sustainability Inc. was born in 2010 out of a love for the environment and a passion for sustainable business. We are driven by our mission to connect the living and built environments through the installation of living roofs and living walls.
Since our founding, our GingkoRoofs division has installed living roofs throughout Ontario, from the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Midland, to Exhibition Place in Toronto and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.
Our recently launched GingkoWalls division seeks to replicate the success of GingkoRoofs and is looking to establish a strong foothold in the living wall market. In the coming years we aim to continue being the leading living roof installer in Ontario and to position our living walls division at the forefront of the industry.
Through our dedication to high-quality workmanship, our clients, sustainable and ethical business practices, and to product research and innovation, we believe we can achieve these goals.
Our team has the depth of experience in the green building industry to realize our clients’ projects with excellence and efficiency, and to accomplish our business’ long term objectives. We also strive to expand our knowledge through continuous industry learning and study, with the Green Roof Professional accreditation program being one example.
With over 100 green roofing projects completed since 2010 and the development of our GingkoWalls division, we invite you to join Ginkgo Sustainability in connecting the living and built environments.
Christian Mahlstedt BA, MBA, GRP, LEEDAP President Consulting Getting to Know the Living Roof Industry. Our expertise in the green roof industry has been developed over many years, and through our consulting services, we share this knowledge with our clients.
We offer assistance with feasibility studies, green roof assessments and recommendations, plant information, LEED credit guidance, as well as green roof inspections and problem investigations.
GinkgoRoofs also offers training and seminars; for example, we have taught the ‘Advanced Green Roof Maintenance’ course for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities as part of their Continuing Education program. We are also available for speaking engagements. Design Designing Your Living Roof.
With GinkgoRoofs’ extensive industry relationships and knowledge of green roof systems, a living roof can be designed to suit your green building envelope needs.
Our Project Portfolio showcases the various types of projects GinkgoRoofs has undertaken and highlights the depth of experience we have in the field. The knowledge we have gained from our project history and position in the industry allows us to accurately assess the supporting structure and roof (including size, slope, orientation, and drainage), materials and labour, and aesthetics, and determine what green roof system will best meet your design objectives. Installation Installing Your Living Roof.
GinkgoRoofs has experience with all major green roof systems. Furthermore, our employees have received training from green roof system manufacturers, giving our roofing crews the depth of knowledge and expertise needed to install your green roof system correctly and efficiently.
We have considerable experience installing vegetated roof systems on sloped and flat roofs, as well as installing the different types of green roofs, namely extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive.
The primary difference between the three types is the depth of the growing media, and consequently the types of plants that can be grown. Extensive green roofs are the most lightweight and grow a limited variety of plants, semi-intensive roof systems are well-suited to grasses and wildflowers, and intensive roofs can support the greatest variety of plantings and may include other landscape features, such as paving stone pathways and trees.
Maintenance Caring For Your Living Roof Post-Installation. Ongoing maintenance is integral to protecting your living roof investment; it helps preserve the beauty of the green roof while making sure that the original design is being fulfilled, and that the roof is meeting its insulation and stormwater management objectives.
Our Maintenance Team can help ensure that the aesthetic and functional goals of the green roof are fulfilled. Maintenance is required to remove invasive species and other weed growth, and to keep the green roof debris free.
Maintenance visits also help ensure that drains are working properly and that the roof is properly irrigated; while most plant species used in green roof plantings are drought resistant, the roof may need occasional irrigation, especially during the first year as the plants establish themselves. Fertilization is also important to help keep plants healthy and to encourage growth.
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47 Bridge Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2K 1J7, Canada