Sustainable Roofing: A Whole-Building Approach

Earn 1.0 AIA/CES learning units by studying this article and successfully completing the online exam.

February 14, 2011

What should be the first step toward designing an energy-efficient roofing system? According to sustainability experts, it is to see roof materials and systems as an integral component of the enclosure and the building as a whole.

After reading this article, you should be able to:

1. Describe the basic criteria for green roof performance.

2. Evaluate roofing system and material options based on sustainability, energy efficiency, and durability.

3. Explain the benefits and challenges of green roofs, PV systems, and cool roof materials.

4. Define two types of vegetative planted roofs: extensive and intensive.

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