While ASTM guidelines for green roofs is still in progress, existing standards developed in Europe can be used in order to ensure quality projects and avoid potential problems.Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)
is a German organization that promotes green building (roof and facade greening). This organization provides practice oriented work and basic information on green buildings while advertising their work through brochures, internet forums, and survey results.
is the governing organization for the green roof community and industry standards in North America. While fairly young, established in 2004, this organization works tirelessly on updating the education of its members and accredited professionals (Green Roof Professional GRP). Seminars from GRHC have also been integrated into the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) continuing education requirements.German Landscape Research, Development and Construction Society (FLL)
The FLL has been working on standards for green roof technology for over 25 years. Their “Guideline for the Planning, Execution and Upkeep of Green-Roof Sites” (FLL guidelines) reflects the acknowledged state-of-the-art technology. Although the guidelines don’t give solutions for all green roof problems, it is a basic tool for the construction of reliable and high quality green roofs world wide.
The latest edition, dating January 2002, was released in English in 2004. From a legal standpoint this German guideline cannot substitute future American standards, however it is a very good source of reliable information that is based on approximately one billion square feet of constructed green roofs and the experience that goes with it.
has a mission to foster an environment in which our economy and businesses thrive and prosper and, by doing so, continually improve the quality of life. - HCCC. Though Green Roof Technology may have projects all over the world we see a great importance in being involved and giving back to the local community. Being involved in our local Chamber of Commerce chapter allows us to do just that and bring the local economy up to speed on the advantages of green technology.
is a voluntary and consensus based national rating system. This rating system is for buildings designed, constructed, and operated for improved human health and performance. It is applicable to all building types. Installing a green roof can add as much as 15 LEED credits to your building making it a sound investment for resale and the future.National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
is a non-profit community of leaders that work to make green buildings available for everyone thus ensuring the sustainability and prosperity of our nations future through cost efficient and energy saving buildings. USGBC works toward this market transformation through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification program.