Introduction to Green roofs - basic principles and design

Currently in the UK many organisations are championing sustainable buildings. The need to embrace sustainability, biodiversity and adaptation to climate change within buildings is increasingly filtering down to clients and practitioners. The implementation of green roofs can significantly contribute to sustainability in the built environment through realising benefits in the areas of biodiversity, sustainable drainage and thermal performance.

Although green roof technology is mainstream in most of Europe, there is currently little understanding or expertise in the UK. It is important that professionals within the built environment sector develop an understanding of the technology to ensure that implementation of such systems at a local and regional level deliver long term sustainable solutions.

Planners, designers and engineers require access to information and past experience to improve knowledge and build self confidence on the implementation of innovative, imaginative and cost effective green roof solutions.

This training course has been developed in partnership between CIRIA, the Green Roof consultancy and Livingroofs.org who worked together to deliver Building Greener, guidance on the implementation of green roofs, green walls and other biodiversity features. The training will enable delegates to efficiently plan, design and manage green roofs in accordance with best practice guidance and the relevant regulatory framework.

Each delegate at our open courses will receive a free copy of Building Greener, guidance on the use of green roofs, green walls and complementary features on buildings (C644)*
*Publications are not included as standard in our in-house training courses, and these will need to be purchased separately.

Course content outline

  • Designing green roofs
  • Introduction to the team
    What is a green roof? Which roof where?
  • Site challenges
    An interactive workshop with feedback session
  • Specifying the design criteria
  • Setting the brief
    Group working
  • Technical design
    Group working
  • Design & delivery surgery



More information
For more information and to discuss in-house training requirements contact Nipa Patel on 020 7549 3300.

This course is offered as an in-house course, or can be offered as an open course if minimum numbers are met. To register your interest for an open-course or to find out more about in-house training please contact Nipa Patel on +44 (0)20 7549 3300 or enquiries@ciria.org.