LIVING ARCHITECTURE ACADEMY COURSES

Through our multi-disciplinary member committees, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) have developed a variety of specialized courses for the Living Architecture Academy. Some courses have been adapted for both in-class and online delivery, while others are offered exclusively through one modality. Many of the courses are approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as indicated in the course descriptions. Digital Resource Manuals are included with each course, though can also be purchased separately from the Green Infrastructure Store in both digital and hard copy.


Advanced Green Roof Maintenance

This half-day course explores green roof maintenance considerations from the design phase through post-establishment. Learn how to: design and budget to facilitate maintenance; develop maintenance plans and inspection reports that work in concert with warranty requirements; perform common maintenance procedures; and rehabilitate green roofs that have been subject to maintenance neglect. Trainees will learn how to:

  • Design to facilitate on-going maintenance
  • Budget for maintenance
  • Develop maintenance plans
  • Perform common maintenance procedures
  • Diagnose problems on a green roof
  • Develop contracts and inspection reports that work in concert with warranty requirements
  • Rehabilitate green roofs that have been subject to maintenance neglect.

Includes a 100-page Digital Resource Manual with detailed case studies.   

This Course is approved for: 3.5 CE Hours by AIA CES; 3.5 Professional Development Hours by LA CES; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs.

 


Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design: Science, Theory, Economics & Practice is an hour-long course that explains the human connection to nature within the built environment. Developed by Terrapin Bright Green, and delivered by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, this course explores the scientific foundations of biophilic design theory and presents current research on the subject. Using case studies of best practice in planning and urban design, this course covers the main tenets of biophilia, as well as the 14 patterns of biophilic design as a tool. Trainees will:

  • Learn the scientific foundation of biophilic design, as well as research supporting the theory
  • Understand the 14 patterns of biophilic design, and how they impact the build environment
  • Review a variety of natural materials appropriate for biophilic design
  • Explore case studies of best practice in biophilic design projects

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs.

 


GREEN ROOF DESIGN AND INSTALLATION

Green Roof Design and Installation is the first of three courses in the Green Roof Professional (GRP) Training course set. This full-day course provides detailed information on green roof benefits and technical standards, as well best practices for design, installation and maintenance. It presents tools and techniques needed to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget. Trainees will learn:

  • The full range of system types and components available to designers
  • Essential qualifications for project teams
  • How to design for maximum client benefit
  • Implementation issues for new and retrofit buildings
  • Contracts and construction administration
  • Quality assurance, warranties, and liability issues

Includes a 300-page Digital Resource Manual with detailed case studies.   

This course is approved for: 6.5 CE Hours by USGBC/GBCI; 7.5 CE Hours by AIA CES; 7.5 Professional Development Hours by LA CES; 7.5 CPD Points by BOMI.

 


green roof waterproofing and drainage

Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage is the second of three courses in the Green Roof Professional (GRP) Training course set. This full-day course provides participants with an overview of waterproofing and drainage construction and maintenance for green roof systems. It introduces technical vocabulary and materials and presents detailed design solutions and implementation best management practices. Trainees will learn to:

  • Explore different types of roof assemblies and assess their suitability for green roof systems
  • Understand how green roof system components interact to satisfy waterproofing and drainage design objectives
  • Identify common causes of waterproofing system failure
  • Learn about leak detection approaches and technologies that can be used to minimize the risk of waterproofing system failure

Includes a 100-page Digital Resource Manual with detailed case studies.   

This course is approved for: 6.5 CE Hours by USGBC/GBCI; 7.5 CE Hours by AIA CES; 7.5 Professional Development Hours by LA CES; 7.5 CPD Points by BOMI.

 


green roof plants and growing media

Green Roof Plants and Growing Media is the third of three courses in the Green Roof Professional (GRP) Training course set. This full-day course explores plant and growing media science and describes the unique conditions under which green roof vegetation is expected to perform.  Attendees will learn how design and planting methods can be used to achieve a variety of aesthetic objectives. Best practices for material supply and scheduling, as well as common maintenance procedures such as irrigation, fertilization, and monitoring are illustrated via detailed case studies. Trainees will learn:

  • Review fundamentals of plant physiology and identify characteristics of genus that are well-suited to green roof applications
  • Understand the biological, chemical and physical characteristics of growing media and how it differs from soil at grade
  • Learn how green roof plants and growing media can enhance stormwater management, energy efficiency, and biodiversity 
  • Learn how plant and growing media selection can impact maintenance requirements

Includes a 300-page Digital Resource Manual with detailed case studies.   

This course is approved for: 6.5 CE Hours by USGBC/GBCI; 7.5 CE Hours by AIA CES; 7.5 Professional Development Hours by LA CES; 7.5 CPD Points by BOMI.

 


Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design

This updated version of our Green Walls 101: Introduction to Systems and Design course discusses design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls, as well as the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies. Trainees will learn how to:

  • Determine major functions and components of green walls;
  • Describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different green wall systems;
  • Understand market drivers encouraging green wall implementation in North America;
  • Understand how to design green walls for maximum benefits and LEED™ points.

Includes a 100-page Digital Resource Manual

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs.

 


Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

Rooftop urban agriculture has the potential to significantly increase food production in cities by taking advantage of underutilized spaces. This half-day course discusses practical applications of green roof and wall technologies that can be used to implement productive rooftop farming initiatives. Case studies drawn from North America’s most successful projects describe innovative approaches for overcoming common challenges associated with rooftop farming initiatives. Trainees will learn how to:

  • Describe the social, environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture and rooftop farming.
  • Understand the governance and personnel options for implementing urban agriculture and rooftop farming operations.
  • Learn basic installation and maintenance principles.
  • Understand the most important steps in the critical path from project concept through to completion.

Includes an 85-page Digital Resource Manual.

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs.

 


Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites

Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites provides detailed technical information on water management systems that allow designers to engineer buildings with the goal of achieving independence from municipal infrastructure, through a combination of rainfall harvesting, aggressive conservation, onsite treatment, storage and water recycling. The result of over 5 years of research and development, the course curriculum addresses the next frontier in green building and resilience. Trainees will learn how to:

  • Integrate water management systems to meet regulatory requirements for stormwater management
  • Discover analysis tools that can be used to evaluate water demand and help guide system design decisions
  • Discover emerging technologies that are being used to perform various functions in the integrated water cycle
  • Overcome challenges other projects have faced in the design of integrated water management system

Includes a 100-page Digital Resource Manual

This course is approved for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for GRPs.