Press & Media Coverage

Below are the most up-to-date press releases & media coverage from American Hydrotech. Click on a headline, thumbnail or "Read More" link to continue reading or to save a PDF copy to your computer. If you have any questions or would like to request more information, please contact our Customer Service department.

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September 13, 2019 Published by: LEED v4 Reference Guide

Hydrotech's Monolithic Membrane 6125 meets USGBC’s LEED v4 “Low-emitting materials” credit under the category “Indoor Environmental Quality”.

USGBC’s LEED V4 specific to Healthcare and Schools has a “Low-emitting materials” credit under the category “Indoor Environmental Quality”. The intent of this credit is to reduce concentrations of chemicals that may harm air quality and the environment.

Different materials must meet different requirements to be considered compliant for this credit. The building exterior is defined as everything outside and inclusive of the primary and secondary weatherproofing system, such as waterproofing membranes and air- and water-resistive barrier materials.

USGBC has published addendum number 100002250, which added a definition of hot-mopped asphalt for roofing to be:

"a mopping-grade oxidized asphalt as defined by NIOSH: "an oxidized asphalt used principally in the construction of built-up roofing (BUR) and some modified bitumen systems; mopping-grade asphalts are... Continue Reading

May 2, 2019 Published by: Architectural Product - May 2019

No Chicago H20 Blues

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2019) Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story base building is presently under construction; a 20-story tower addition is planned for construction in five to 10 years. Since the project is built-out to all property lines there are no at-grade landscape areas, which presented a particular challenge given the city’s Dept. of Stormwater Management permit requirement that the project account the total building mass and footprint.

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January 25, 2019 Published by: Roofing - January/February 2019

Super Flexible Spaces, Versatile Venues Top Chicago's Ace Hotel

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2019) The Ace Hotel is located in Chicago’s Fulton Market Historic District. It features 159 guestrooms and amenities including rooftop event spaces with stunning views of the city. The complex features several vegetative roofs, including a large fifth-floor terrace and a seventh-floor rooftop bar. The fifth-floor terrace incorporates a sculpture that visitors can climb on and areas that can easily adapt to host a variety of vents, from corporate meetings to yoga classes. The team at site design group ltd., the Chicago landscape architect on the project, worked closely with the lead architect, GREC Architects, and the Ace Hotel team to determine the key design goals for the rooftop spaces. Hana Ishikawa, design principal at site design group, notes the client was looking for an understated design. “In this project, what they really wanted was a prairie... Continue Reading
October 18, 2018

Hydrotech Announces New Fourth Edition Garden Roof Planning Guide

American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the vegetative roofing market, today 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 version 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.

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August 28, 2018 Published by: Landscape Architecture Magazine

On the Roof with...A Glimpse of the Future of Roofing

Over the last two decades, the roofing industry has undergone some major changes, one of which is a growing recognition of the value of roof space other than keeping occupants warm and dry. Two veteran roofing professionals share their thoughts on the changes that have been, and where they see the industry heading in this 'black arts' segment of On The Roof With... Ed Jarger, American Hydrotech and John Robinson, Sika Sarnafil.

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May 21, 2018

Hydrotech Announces New Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide

American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing assemblies, today announced the availability of their Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide , a unique, new resource representing more than 50 years of proven assembly experience across the globe and 35+ years of Hydrotech’s industry knowledge. 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.

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February 1, 2018 Published by: Roofing - January/February 2018

The Chicago Blackhawks Go Green

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 1, 2018) The Chicago Blackhawks have captured the hearts of the city of Chicago along with three Stanley Cups in the last decade. The Blackhawks routinely lead the league in attendance at the United Center, and fans were excited when the team announced it would build a new 125,000-square-foot training facility and community center in downtown Chicago.

Completed earlier this year, the MB Arena features two NHL-sized ice rinks and other amenities including a fitness center, dining options, and spaces that can be rented for outings and events. The facility is the practice site for the Blackhawks and also hosts youth hockey, adult hockey leagues and public skating.

When plans for the project were unveiled, architects and planners mandated the facility meet or exceed all green and sustainable standards for the city. Chicago has been a leader in... Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

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

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (October 11, 2017) American 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:

• 12” x 24” high performance format can hold up to 4” of media for optimum plant growth

• Unique reservoir base design for... Continue Reading

September 14, 2017 Published by: Stormwater Awareness

Webinar: Managing Storm Water at the Initial Point of Impact - The Roof

On October 10, 2017 at 2PM CDT, Hydrotech will be discussing the number of ways that storm water can be managed on the roof top, including vegetated roof and blue roofs. These high capacity assemblies can be efficient means of managing storm water, particularly in the urban environment. Continue Reading

September 1, 2017 Published by: NOLAWATER

Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative

On September 19, 2017, Hydrotech will be presenting Beauty Meets Performance: Vegetated Roofs as a Stormwater BMP. The intent of the lunch series is to help water professionals better understand the design, construction, and maintenance of green infrastructure. The series will act as an outlet for discovering quality stormwater management products and techniques. 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

October 20, 2016 Published by: High Performance Building Forum

Vegetated Roofs and Stormwater Management

(November 15, 2016) Richard Hayden, Hydrotech's Garden Roof Department Manager, will be speaking at the 2016 LED Specifier Summit and High Performance Building Forum.

The design community continues to struggles with how to handle ever-increasing stormwater requirements from various local and federal agencies. This session will give designers and their design team colleagues the latest information they need on how to incorporate vegetated roofs into a BMP/stormwater plan. Continue Reading

Recent Press

  • May 2, 2019
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2019) Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story...
  • January 25, 2019
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2019) The Ace Hotel is located in Chicago’s Fulton Market Historic District. It features 159 guestrooms and amenities including rooftop event spaces with stunning views of the city. The complex features several...
  • October 18, 2018
    American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the vegetative roofing market, today 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...
  • May 21, 2018
    American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing assemblies, today announced the availability of their Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide , a unique, new resource representing...
  • August 28, 2018
    Over the last two decades, the roofing industry has undergone some major changes, one of which is a growing recognition of the value of roof space other than keeping occupants warm and dry. Two veteran roofing professionals share their thoughts on...
  • February 1, 2018
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 1, 2018) The Chicago Blackhawks have captured the hearts of the city of Chicago along with three Stanley Cups in the last decade. The Blackhawks routinely lead the league in attendance at the United Center, and fans were...

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