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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
8:30 am – 3:30 pm CST (including a 30-min. break)


Presented by:
Jörg Breuning
Mark Winterer
Pete Ellis

Green Roofs are the Best Stormwater Management Tool on Structures
Understanding the basics of modern green roof technology
Stormwater management – the #1 reason for green roofs
Additional benefits that come with green roofs like:
• Absorption of pollutants
• Heat island reduction
• Increased insulation
• Increased plant and animal habitat
• Lower energy costs
• Aesthetic benefits
• Amenity space, life-work balance

25 Years of Green Roof Research in North America
Take-away from over 1,000 research papers in
North America alone
Advantages and disadvantages of green roof research
Why is North America data driven in regards of green roofs but not in regards of sustainable forestry, reforestation or lawn management?
Why every structure shall be designed with a green roof in mind

Green Roof Types
Key requirements every structure and/or roof shall meet
Seamless from extensive green roofs to intensive green roofs
Photovoltaic and renewable energy sources combine with green roofs
Recreational green roofs with or without farming options
Are green roofs prepared for climate change?

What Make Plants Grow and Increases Resilience?
The relationship between root and leaves
Native plants and green roofs
Dirt or engineered soil
How much plastic is needed to build a green roof?
Plant selection for different green roof types
Why irrigation can be counterproductive

Green Roof Construction – Jumping through Hoops
Green roof installers and their daily challenges
Availability of green roof materials and components
Logistic and construction site management
Roofing warranties and green roof warranties

Green Roof Maintenance Case Studies
Commercial, institutional, and residential applications


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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System
has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES. 

The International Code Council has approved HalfMoon Education as a Preferred Provider of continuing education (No. 1232). Approval for this course is pending in the specialty area of Building.

Visit this course listing at for updates on pending credits. Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Jörg Breuning

Design Engineer, Horticultural Science, Green Roof Technology

Unlike others, Mr. Breuning is one of a few innovative people on earth who actively shaped the beginning of the modern green roof industry in Europe/Germany more than four decades ago. In addition, he introduced green roofs to North America in 1999. Thus, he has over 40 years of experience in two fundamentally different markets for green roofs and green walls. Today, his skills in biophilic design and sustainable engineering go beyond green roofs and include specialties with living plants like: solar garden roofs, green walls, green railroad tracks, natural swimming pools, sustainable product and resilient system development, plastic-free green roofs, and solutions for circular economy through urban mining.

Pete Ellis

Chief Estimator, Senior Project Manager, accredited Green Roof Professional with Recover Green Roofs

Mr. Ellis is Recover’s Green Roofs chief estimator and senior project manager. He is an accredited Green Roof Professional with over 15 years of experience in the commercial and residential green roof construction industry. Mr. Ellis’ extensive experience allows him to handle large scale commercial projects and the development of complex green infrastructure projects. As a green roof expert and innovator, his leadership has left its mark on projects throughout the nation and beyond, with projects throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Southern United States and United Kingdom. Mr. Ellis has a strong focus on collaboration and strategic design thinking, his experience and network are often leveraged to bring together disparate project stakeholders, to better meet the needs and expectations of his clients and community. He is a mentor for the next generation and is dedicated to the proliferation of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in our built environment.

Mark Winterer

Mark Winterer Mr. Winterer is the co-founder and owner of Recover Green Roofs. He will act as Project Executive for Recover. Mr. Winterer is an accredited Green Roof Professional and licensed general contractor with a diverse background in landscaping, operational logistics, supply-chain management, and customer service. He received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he became involved with Net Impact, an international organization committed to responsible business leadership. Net Impact inspired him to develop a business that would contribute to a more sustainable economy and healthy community. Since starting Recover in 2009, Mr. Winterer has helped design, build, and maintain hundreds of green roofs throughout the nation.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Practical Approach to Green Roof Design and Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6-hour course focuses on green roofs: research, benefits, types, construction and case studies. Specifically, this course will look at green roofs as stormwater management tools, the different types of green roofs, plant biology, daily challenges in the field and maintenance considerations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to understand the basics of modern green roof technology and why stormwater management should be the primary reason for green roofs. Additional benefits of green roofs, including absorption of pollutants, heat island reduction, increased insulation, lower energy costs and more are also discussed.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify key requirements every structure and/or roof shall meet, discuss how renewable energy systems may be combined with green roofs, and explore farming and/or recreational options with green roofs.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain what makes plants grow and become resilient in order to properly select, plant and irrigate native and other types of plants on green roofs.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the daily challenges that green roof installers face, the availability of materials and components, logistic and construction site management, warranties and maintenance.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with traditional residential construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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