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Green Roof Design

CEU Accreditation: LA CES, 1.5; LEED, 1.5; APLD, 1.5

Presented by: Michael Rieger
Friday, February 8th - 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Course Description:

Green roofs consist of multiple components, including waterproofing, insulation, filtration, drainage, root barrier, planting medium, plant materials, and irrigation that need to be carefully designed, engineered, planned, installed and maintained to maximize their benefits and ensure their longevity. Key to early planning and design is identifying the purpose and evaluating the environment, where green roofs are going to be implemented. Since multiple disciplines are involved in the planning and design process, coordination and guidance is crucial to ensure that all important aspects are being addressed. Once green roofs have been successfully installed, implementing a maintenance program is critical during the establishment period and throughout the lifetime of the green roof. In this course attendees will learn:

o Types of Green Roofs (Build-In-Place/Modular, Extensive/Intensive)
o New construction/Retrofit (Load bearing capacity, saturated weight)
o Plant selection and Green Roof Media
o Irrigation Systems and Maintenance


Mr. Michael Rieger is a LEED Accredited Professional with a background in Mechanical/Electrical engineering and specialization in environmental engineering. He has over 20 years of professional and international experience in implementing sustainable solutions, energy efficient design, renewable energy systems and green building technologies. His recent experience includes LEED(R) and sustainability consulting for architects, developers, commercial and higher education clients including Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). He has extensive experience in design, development and installation of green roofs in California with over 30 completed projects. He is a member of the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and the Society of American Military Engineers and serves as a lecturer in sustainable design, green buildings and green roofs at UCLA Extension. He co-authored 'Roots of Learning', Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in 2009.

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