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Presenter: Joanne Rodriguez and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Atlanta, GA

Embassy Suites - Galleria
2815 Akers Mill Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-984-9300

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:00 pm

Introduction to Green Infrastructure Practices for the Building Envelope

   Goals of Green Infrastructure
      Benefits and realized performance
      Definitions and terms overview for this seminar
   Application and benefits of:
      Vegetated green roofs
      Blue roofs
      Living walls
      Rainwater retention systems
      Benefit of connecting to on-grade green infrastructure systems
   Typical design and components
      Plants, engineered soils, drainage components and accessories

Monetizing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure for the Building Envelope – Part 1

   Stormwater management
      Monetization methods and means
      Clean Water Act and implication of upcoming site run-off reduction standards
         Macro and micro influences leading to demand for change
         Unfolding monetary opportunities with increasing regulatory pressure
      Green infrastructure applications for the building envelope leading to stormwater management
         Run-off retention and reduction strategies
         Water quality benefits and value to building owners
   Energy spend reduction and conservation
      Regional and seasonal benefits
      Mechanical equipment savings due to reduced use added longevity

Monetizing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure for the Building Envelope – Part 2

   Urban Ecology
      Environmental value of green infrastructure
         Heat island effect mitigation, pollution control, CO2 sequestration
         As part of smart city strategies
         Ecosystem services evaluations
            Value of recreating natural systems
         Rooftop farming and urban agriculture
         Revenue generation
            Crops, events
         Food desert relief and social equality
   Improved tangible real estate value
      Social Interaction
      Amenities packages

The Reversal of All Gains: Failures and Remediation

   Case studies of vegetated green roof and living roof failures
      Typical points of technical failure
      Failure due to design, installation and maintenance errors
      Remediation and renovation costs
   Strategies to avoid failure
      Design considerations
      Effective planning
   Formulas for success
      Design considerations
      Site specific maintenance

The Social and Human Element

   The Biophilic Effect
      Nature and human development
      Urban nature and human health and well-being
   Design considerations for incorporation of green infrastructure to facilitate human engagement
      Healthcare, educational municipal facilities

Proving Asset Value Gains, Part 1

   The value of certification
      LEED, SITES, Living building challenge
   Green infrastructure value creation ROI
      Short term vs long term evaluation
      Where and how the money is found
      Costs and correct monetizing of benefits
      Long term value generation
         The Permaculture Lens

Proving Asset Value Gains, Part 2

   Current financing strategies
   ROI case studies:
      Stormwater management, energy conservation & increased real estate assessment
   Exercise: The Green Infrastructure Scorecard
      Example: Addition of vegetated green roof to an existing building
      The 7th generation benefit

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

     6.0 Public Protection PDUs
     6.0 AIA Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to Georgia professional engineers and 6.0 Public Protection PDUs to Georgia architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Georgia.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 Learning Units (Provider No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor in New York.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing board for mandatory continuing education.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Joanne Rodriguez

GreenStructure, Ltd.

Ms. Rodriguez is a LEED AP, CRPL climate leader, certified permaculture practitioner and green infrastructure specialist. With over 30 years experience in the building products industry, she is the founder of GreenStructures, a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm. Her efforts are concentrated in the development of training and public outreach in the areas of climate mitigation, resiliency and green infrastructure practices. Former director of sustainability for Tremco Roofing, Ms. Rodriguez has provided leadership on many high-profile green roof projects across North America. Her recent speaking engagements include keynote speaker The Virtual Green Roof & Wall Summit, the National Roofing Contractor Association sustainability webinar series and the Green Infrastructure Foundation Seattle Design Charette.

Mary Ann Uhlmann

Urban Horticulture Consulting, LLC

Ms. Uhlmann is an environmental horticulturist, accredited green roof professional, certified permaculture practitionerand certified sustainable landscape professional. Her firm, Urban Horticulture Consulting, provides green infrastructureplanning, training and asset management. Over the past 19 years, she has been a passionate advocate for greeninfrastructure education and policy making. Based in Marietta, Georgia, her projects include green roof design, assessmentsand remediation, maintenance protocol development, FLL compliance testing and the development of public outreachprograms. Recent speaking engagements include The Little Rock Sustainability Conference, P80 Global Summit and The GreenInfrastructure Foundation Seattle Design Charette.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.