Consideration for Green Roof Designs

Education, research, and evaluations are necessary tools for balancing human needs with those of nature. SPROUT offers resources to inform and facilitate the design process with our clients.

This course will serve as an introduction to green roofs. The participant will gain an understanding of what a green roof is, public and private benefits that can be gained from a green roof, design considerations for green roofs, the green roof design team members and their roles, and how to address particular South Florida challenges that face green roofs.

The course is based on materials from Green Roof Design 101 Introductory Course, Green Roof Infrastructure: Design and Installation 201; courses offered by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, USGBC LEED Technical information and research being conducted by Roy-Fisher Associates, Inc.


What is a green roof?

  • Examples of green roofs
  • Description of Intensive Green roof
  • Description of Extensive Green roof

Benefits of a green roof

  • Public Benefits:
  • Improved stormmwater retention
  • Reduction of Urban Heat Island
  • Local job creation
  • Improved air quality
  • Aesthetics
  • Specialized public benefits
  • Biodiversity habitat creation
  • Grey water cleaning
  • Common Private Benefits:
  • Energy savings
  • Membrane durability increased
  • Noise reduction
  • Aesthetics
  • Specialized Private benefits:
  • Free real estate
  • Integrate with building systems to reduce costs (smaller HVAC, drainage system)
  • Solar energy efficiency – synergy with photovoltaics
  • Contributes to LEED points
  • Reduces stress

Design Considerations

  • Site
  • Location
  • Policy context
  • Type of building
  • Building design
  • Green roof design
  • Green Roof Design Team
  • Cost perameters

Green Roofs in South Florida

  • Hurricanes
  • Heat
  • Big rain events
  • Existing green roofs in South Florida and the results

Additional References and Q &A

  • One hour CEU credit available for Architects
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