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Green, Blue, and White and It's Applicability to Sustainable Design

GBCI: 0910000002

Introduce green, blue, and white roofing including updated review of green roof design issues and standards.
Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
  • 1.5 CE

Rating system: v2009



There are now three distinct types of sustainable roof solutions: green, blue, and white. Designers need to understand the environmental benefits of each approach to effectively select the appropriate system for their project. Understand the details and the standards that are used as a basis for green roof design and the myriad of benefits that can be reaped from green roofs. Includes project case studies.


  1. Identify examples of green, blue and white roofing systems and explain the basic performance characteristics of each including understanding some basic performance characteristics related to storm water management, cool roofing and urban heat island effect.
  2. Understanding the differences between Extensive, Semi-Intensive, and Intensive Green Roofs as set out by FLL in context of growing media depth, plant selection, water retention, system weight, maintenance requirements, and general recommendations.
  3. Describe the benefits to building owners and the public including economic benefits related to heating and cooling, amenity space and aesthetics, sound insulation, air quality, moderating Heat Island Effect, and Storm Water Management in terms of reducing Combined Sewer Overflows.
  4. Consider the Design Guidelines and Updated Standards for Green Roof Design including roof slope, design loads, wind design, and fire resistance. How to evaluate growing media and to specify appropriate flora for a green roof.
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Kemper System America Inc
West Seneca, NY
United States