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Green Roofscapes, For A Greener Future

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Offered by Hanley Wood, LLC
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This article was originally published in-part in the January 2013 print and digital editions of ARCHITECT magazine. A full-text PDFof the article is available to download on

It is recommended that you read the entire article before attempting the corresponding quiz, also on

Vegetated roofs are literally sprouting up all over North America but hurdles to their widespread acceptance still exist in the United States. Reasons for considering a vegetated roof include various economic, environmental, regulatory and aesthetic needs. Explorethese considerations, hurdles and benefits of specifying and implementing a vegetated roof on projects of any size and location.


1. Discuss the environmental benefits, featuers and design requiremetns of properly functioning vegetated roof systems.
2. Explain how building performance needs and green design intent affect the selection and application of vegetated roof assemblies.
3. Describe four ways that green vegetated roofs impact building function and operations, including safety, energy use, and weather/climateimpacts.
4. List related trends in sustainable building, occupant healt and building life-cycle considerations that influence theuse of green roofs.

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