Green Roofs: Sustainable Alternatives

In urban settings, green roofs help mitigate peak rainfall events and the urban heat island effect while increasing overall building performance.  Besides rooftop insulation, green roofs provide a pleasant natural contrast to otherwise unused urban space.  In a rural setting green roofs offer a sustainable alternative to conventional roofing models.  In this portion of the course we will survey current green roof options and finish by installing our own do-it-yourself version.

Topics Covered:

  • Load (weight) considerations
  • Membrane materials
  • Substrate recipes
  • Plant sourcing
  • Maintenance


*this course will take place throughout the seven week series

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