Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR
This three hour online course discusses how Green roofs contribute to energy and water-saving goals both directly and indirectly. By shading the surfaces of a roof, green roofs reduce heat gain through the roof by nearly 100 percent. A green roof’s soil and vegetation layer absorbs and filters rain, preventing it from quickly becoming runoff from the roof’s surface. This course will enable the engineer to implement a building envelop element that involves integrated design features that will give the building owner several benefits for years.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn about:
This course is intended for mechanical, civil, structural and environmental engineers.
Benefit for Attendee
Attendee of this course will be able to understand the benefits of using green roofs for a variety of applications where a variety of integrated design criteria are important to consider such as energy savings, architectural benefits, costs, codes and implementation considerations.
In a "green roof," a layer of vegetation (e.g., a roof garden) covers the surface of a roof to provide shade, cooler indoor and outdoor temperatures, and effective storm-water management to reduce runoff. The source material for this course focuses on the benefits, design, and implementation of extensive green roofs and includes criteria for their use on federal facilities.
This course is primarily based on the Green Roofs: Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Technology Alert; DOE/EE-0298
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Because of their many energy-saving and environmental benefits, green roofs are a promising technology for energy-efficient buildings. In a green roof, a layer of vegetation covers the surface of a roof to provide shade, cool indoor and outdoor temperatures, stormwater management, and more. The main components are waterproofing, soil, and plants.
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:
United States Green Building Council – www.usgbc.com
US Department of Energy – www.doe.gov
National Renewable Energy Laboratory – www.nrel.gov
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.