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Standards and Organizations

We take our leadership in this industry very seriously and have helped establish organizations such as Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the current green roof guidelines (ASTM) for the US.

American Standard Testing Methods (ASTM)

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 the only independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Since our founding 40 years ago, our goal has been to improve water quality by reducing pollution. Our motto, Save the Bay, has been the battle cry for that goal. - CBF

FBB (Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung)

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.

Green Roofs for Healthier Cities (GRHC)

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)

is an independent non-profit organization. It was founded in 1975 by eight professional organizations. The FLL green roof working group is only one of 40 committees which have published a long list of guidelines and labor instructions for green roofs.

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.

Harford County Chamber of Commerce 

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.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

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 one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. - NRCA

Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI)

is the recognized technical and statistical authority on the Single Ply Roofing Industry. SPRI provides the best forum for its members to collectively focus their industry expertise and efforts on critical industry issues. By acting as a trade organization, as opposed to each member working individually, the group can effectively improve product quality, installation techniques, workforce training and other issues common to the industry. This approach enables every SPRI member to operate more effectively in the commercial roofing marketplace. - SPRI

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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.

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