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Vegetated Buildings and their role in LEED

GBCI: 0910000243

Discover about green roof assemblies, green walls and green façades in the context of a tropical climate in Latin America and why these technologies are appropriate for LEED projects.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

LEED version: v2009

Published on: April 16, 2014

Average: 3.9 (12 votes)


This course describes the components of green roof assemblies, green walls and green façades in the context of a tropical climate in Latin America with a focus on how and why these technologies are appropriate for LEED projects and exactly what credits are affected. An understanding at this level will help improve design and specification at the beginning of the project to ensure that budgets are sufficient and credit strategies are met. Through practical case studies and an emphasis on the social, economic and environmental benefits both within and beyond the purview of LEED certification, participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities of green roofs and walls in an emerging Latin American market.

Who should attend? LEED professionals, architects, designers, engineers, contractors, consultants, investors, developers, and property managers, that are interested in learning more about the specifics of living walls and living roofs.


  1. Understand the contribution of vegetated buildings to the LEED certification
  2. Identify the environmental, social and economic benefits of vegetated buildings
  3. Define the criteria needed to assess a green wall, green roof or façade
  4. Recognize the infrastructure required to support the growing market for vegetated buildings
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Aqua Terra
Ciudad de Panama, PA


Kim Portmess

Independent Consultant
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21 commentsLeave a comment

LEED Projects Administrator, Tsytsin Architectural Studio

Very interesting.

LEED Projects Administrator, Tsytsin Architectural Studio

Very interesting

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you Alla!.

Aménagiste, Services integres Lemay et associes

Interesting and well explained.

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

We are happy you enjoyed the course. Thank you for the comments.

Electrical Engineer, Consolidated Contractors Company

very interesting course, thanks for the valuable information

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you Ashraf. I hope you will also like our next courses.

Principal, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting

This course provides a very good introduction to the different ways that vegetation can be incorporated into a building, some of the benefits and design/maintenance considerations for doing so, and how these systems could help achieve certain LEED credits. The format of the video is a slideshow with recorded narration. Many images are included throughout of completed installations, the construction process, and technical diagrams. The mix of simple technical images with beautiful completed installations provides a nice blend of information and inspiration. The presentation is less polished towards the end and slightly confusing in parts, but overall the information remains interesting and valuable. This is a good introduction for anyone interested in knowing about vegetated buildings, but especially for those working in tropical climates as most of the examples are from Panama and some of the information is specific to tropical climates.

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you Kathleen. Your comments are deeply appreciated. We keep improving our courses and always like to show our field expertise and cases.

Builder, Building Scientist, Northeast Natural Homes/Northeast Green Building Consulting

Integration of traditional ecological knowledge into the context of the social-ecological system is thoughtful. Connecting the structure and function of the living environment to the physical is often overlooked from an ecosystem perspective, this presentation fits nicely into "E.O. Wilson's law".

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you very much Kevin!

Environmental Intern, EHRA, LLC

What a cool presentation! Those pictures are awe-inspiring.

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you very much Jaclyn!

Principal, Eco Metrics LLC
Pro Reviewer

Very nice presentation. I liked the attribution of the historic context of vegetated roof systems, and the excellent graphic comparison of the light characteristics between different lighting technologies and natural light for indoor systems.

Could you please explain why you prefer to recommend a built up system in lieu of a tray system in a tropical climate?

Many thanks,

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you for your comments, Sam.
We are not recommending the build up system, we also appreciate the tray system, but in our study cases we have choose the build up for a range of reasons. For example, the tropical storms, different kinds of vegetation, etc. If you have more questions about this subject we would gladly answer them.

Intern Architect

Very enjoyable course.

Architect. Manager, Aqua Terra

Thank you Lori, we hope you'll like the new courses we are producing now.

Architect I LEED AP I Project Manager, FORM Architects Ltd.


CEO, Aqua Terra

Thank you very much Jason !

Senior Architectural Engineer, Al-Muhaidib Contracting Company

very good presentation.

CEO, Aqua Terra

Thank you very much Pradish !

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