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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

 

Course Descriptions - see below

Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

This course – the first of its kind in North America at the time of its launch in December 2010 – discusses multiple
approaches to growing food on rooftops through design and maintenance principles, and case studies drawn from across North America. Learn about:

  • The diversity of physical applications of urban agriculture and the growing technologies that apply.
  • The social, environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture and rooftop farming.
  • The governance, personnel and economic options for implementing urban agriculture and rooftop farming systems and operations.
  • The conditions that lead to a successful urban agriculture project.
  • Strategies for overcoming common challenges associated with developing an urban agriculture/rooftop farming project.
  • Basic installation and maintenance principles.

Includes an 85-page course manual.

This course is approved for 3.5 OAA Learning Hours, 3.5 PDHs by LA CES; 3.5 CEHs by AIA CES; 3.5 CE Hours by GBCI; 3.5 CEHs by RCI; 3.5 CEUs by APLD; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs by GRHC.

Instructor: Lauren Mandel, MLA, ASLA, Roofmeadow, & Author of "EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture"

Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites

Developed jointly by GRHC and American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) committee members, this course provides technical and economic information on the design and performance of a fully integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.

This approach promises to significantly reduce the consumption of potable water in buildings, reduce discharge to municipal waste water systems, and save on municipal energy by reducing the amount of potable water treated at municipal facilities. The recognition of the connection between water management and energy conservation is emerging as a new opportunity in integrated management systems.

Key concepts and terminology are illustrated by case studies and demonstration projects which identify issues and opportunities associated with:

  • Costs and benefits
  • Design and engineering practices
  • Installation and maintenance requirements
  • Efficiency and performance of a fully functional integrated site and building water management system based on the “Net Zero Water” concept.

This course is approved for 3.5 OAA Learning Hours, 3.5 PDHs by LA CES; 3.5 CEHs by AIA CES; 3.5 CE Hours by GBCI; 3.5 CEHs by RCI; 3.5 CEUs by APLD; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs by GRHC. 

Instructor: Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, GRP, President, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects

This half-day course provides attendees with a review of various vegetative technologies in urban areas (i.e. green walls, green roofs, urban forests, rain gardens), presents the latest research on their many performance benefits, and showcases a variety of leading edge policy and program developments in cities such as Chicago, Seattle, New York and Toronto that support the greening of our cities. Ideal for policy makers and other advocates of urban greenery.

Developed by the Green Infrastructure Foundation.

This course is approved for 3.5 OAA Learning Hours; 3.5 PDHs by LA CES; 3.5 CEHs by AIA CES; 3.5 CE Hours by GBCI; 3.5 CEHs by RCI; 3.5 CEUs by APLD; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs by GRHC.

Instructor: Sara Loveland, Partner at Annette Environmental Inc.

Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites II: Case Studies in Performance

This course is the second part of Integrated Site and Water Management education series. Achieving net-zero water utilizes the concepts of the using and reusing water multiple times on site and to provide to the greatest degree possible a closed loop of water. There are seven steps associated with this integrated water cycle. While this concept may not be achievable in certain projects, incorporation of its principals can lead to reduction of domestic water and sewer dependency. This course will focus on a number of case studies from different regions and explore in detail the design, installation, maintenance, policy and economic realities of these net zero water systems.

This course is approved for 3.5 OAA Learning Hours; 3.5 PDHs by LA CES; 3.5 CEHs by AIA CES; 3.5 CE Hours by GBCI; 3.5 CEHs by RCI; 3.5 CEUs by APLD; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs by GRHC. 

Instructor: Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, GRP, President, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Compan

Living Architecture and Sustainable Energy

This course provides a holistic approach to energy conservation and production utilizing living architecture technologies. Topics covered include: envelope heat loss and gain, intake air cooling, cooling of rooftop photovoltaic panels, use for condenser heat rejection, and day lighting.

This course is approved for 3.5 OAA Learning Hours, 3.5 PDHs by LA CES; 3.5 CEHs by AIA CES; 3.5 CE Hours by GBCI; 3.5 CEHs by RCI; 3.5 CEUs by APLD; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs by GRHC.

Instructor: Greg Allen, P.Eng., LEED® AP, Senior Associate, Sustainable EDGE Ltd.

Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design

This course discusses design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls, as well as the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies.

  • Determine major functions and components of green walls;
  • Describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different green wall systems;
  • Understand market drivers encouraging green wall implementation in North America;
  • Understand how to design green walls for maximum benefits and LEED™ points.

This course is approved for 3.5 OAA Learning Hours; 3.5 PDHs by LA CES; 3.5 CEHs by AIA CES; 3.5 CE Hours by GBCI; 3.5 CEHs by RCI; 3.5 CEUs by APLD; and 3.5 CEUs for GRPs by GRHC.
Instructor: Brad Bass, Ph.D., Adjunction Professor, School of the Environment, University of Toronto

 

LEED Site Design and Documentation

 

LEED Site Design and Documentation is a half-day workshop on best practices for designing and documenting the sustainable sites prerequisites/credits. This course is focused on how to design landscape and sites so that projects are water efficient and environmentally sustainable, as well as successfully earn LEED credits. Civil engineers and landscape architects on LEED projects will be interested in this course, as well as LEED coordinators and project managers.

This course considers the role of the civil engineer/landscape architect in the Integrated Design Process for LEED projects. Key sustainable design strategies for erosion & sedimentation control, the use of cisterns and infiltration, xeriscaping and native and adaptive planting, as well as irrigation design are covered. The course identifies how to plan and document these strategies to meet the requirements for LEED Canada credits related to: Reducing Construction Pollution/ Erosion Sedimentation Control; Protect/Restore Open Space; Stormwater Management Rate & Quantity/Treatment; Heat Island Effect - Non Roof; and Water Efficient Landscaping.

 

This course is approved for 3 GBCI CE hour (general or LEED specific BD+C)
Instructor: Grant Peters, Partner and Senior Project Manager, Fluent Group Consulting Engineers Inc.

 

For more information on our GRP Training Program, please contact Jordan Richie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-971-4494 ext. 221.

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