Integrated Site Solutions

Combining green technologies can provide a higher ROI than when using them individually. It can also significantly increase LEED performance.

Design professionals are generally aware of the benefits of green roofs, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaics. However few are aware of the symbiotic benefits that technologies like these provide when they are used together in a single project. Benefits can include improved building envelope performance, higher LEED qualification and an enhanced return on investment for clients.

Photovoltaics and Green Roofs

Most photovoltaic arrays are simply mounted on roofs that have exposed membranes reaching upward of 50º+C (150ºF). This overheating greatly reduces the performance of PV modules by 25% or more.

A green roof reduces the ambient temperature around PV modules by over 50% adding to PV performance, lifespan and ultimately requiring less PV modules to be installed for the same power output.

ZinCo provides a solar rack system that does not require any structural mounting to the roof – it is held in place by the drain board and ballasting. Wind up-lift is countered by increasing the depth of the growing medium, ballast or river rock under the rack mounting system.

Green Roofs Are Naturally Cool

Twice as cool on average


Photovoltaics Perform Better When Cool

Efficiency gains up to 33%

Consultation & Design Services

Architek works in conjunction with civil engineering partners to provide comprehensive site-water design and systems recommendations. We can help you address many site-water management issues, including:

  • Local municipal stormwater requirements & bylaws
  • Feasibility
  • Site Design
  • Budgeting
  • System solutions

Buildings That Live

Part of a natural urban ecosystem

Architek’s integrated green technologies improve both working & living environment + overall building value.

Green Roof

Increased roof life span, thermal conservation, stormwater mitigation, urban cooling and acoustic buffering.


Management Reservoir systems for rainwater collection filter water and re-circulate throughout the building.

Enhances building cooling, reduces or eliminates HVAC power costs and reduces draw on municipal water supply.

Provides irrigation for green roofs and living walls or facades.

Provides circulating water source for radiant floor & ceiling systems.

Stored water can be designed in as a tuned mass damper for earthquake mitigation.

PV Solar Panels

Solar power provides energy from green roof for pumps when required to irrigate green roof and circulate radiant floor or ceiling system

Reduces interior temperature and shades the floor and ceiling slab in direct sun, providing further thermal conservation.

Living Wall & Living Facade

Increased thermal conservation, stormwater management, urban cooling and acoustic buffering

Site Water Management

Using a variety of the technology tools we have at our disposal, Architek can design a comprehensive plan for managing water at the building site. These solutions include storm water controls using a combination of: green roofs, advanced storm water collection technologies and permeable hard-scape solutions. In addition to storm water solutions, Architek can also design in smart water distribution technologies with passive irrigation systems, rain water harvesting and water recycling. get us involved early in the design process and we can show the possibilities.

Who we work with

Integrated Site Solutions

Full-service living building solutions including: green roofs, living walls, green facades and building site water management systems.

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Why Architek

Architek is recognized as the leader for Living Architecture in Canada. Our expertise and services in the green building industry include:

Certified Green Roof Professionals on staff
Extensive experience with green roofs of all types and complexity
Reputation for reliability and professional onsite management
Design and specification services for architects and landscape designers
A wide range of installation and maintenance services
We offer a full warranty on our green roofs

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