Jun 9, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Vegetated or green roofs offer multiple benefits to urban areas. They manage stormwater, reduce energy demand, mitigate urban heat island, improve air quality and enhance biodiversity. The City of Toronto adopted the Green Roof Bylaw in 2010 and became the first city in North America to require green roofs on most new buildings, paving the way to become one of the most sustainable, livable and resilient cities in North America.

In this webinar, we will first look at the various green roof types, their market shares and growth, and their benefits and contributions to LEED. We will examine individual components, learn about their functions and select ion criteria, and how to put them together into engineered systems that meet specific design intents. We will illustrate these concepts further through case studies. Finally, we will look at additional resources such as policies, incentives, standard and guidelines for green roofs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish green roof types and their market shares in North America.
  • Understand design intents and create systems to achieve specific functions.
  • Case studies: design to manage stormwater and improve biodiversity.
  • Design green roofs that comply with policies and incentive programs.
  • Apply standards and guidelines to properly design green roofs.


Karen Liu, PhD, Green Roof Specialist and James Weldon, GRP, Technical Sales Rep.

green roof fundamentals webinar