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Green Roofs – Benefits & Challenges

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course discusses the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of green roofs which help reduce the heat island effect of overdeveloped cities. The main benefits of green roof installation – stormwater management, energy saving, air quality and quality of life improvements, and aesthetics are considered. Challenges such as building structural requirements, leak and leak detection, and wind scour are also considered. The amount of vegetation depends on the scope of the green roof: extensive (min) or intensive (deeper soil layers and larger vegetation).

Green roof technology helps to mitigate some of the negative effects of urban land development by reintroducing a natural landscape into urban areas. They provide many economic, environmental and societal benefits to cities. Among factors to consider are the buildings’ structure requirements, leak and leak detection, plant establishment, root penetration, biodegradation and wind scour.

The student will better understand the benefits and challenges of green roofs installed on urban buildings. The benefits are numerous; stormwater management and mitigating urban heat island problems are the prime movers. Stormwater management is often the main reason for green roofs. Some cities still have combined sanitary and storm drain systems which can cause overflow and release untreated sewage when overwhelmed by large storms.

This course is intended for civil engineers, project managers, planners and building managers. It includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance understanding of the course materials.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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