Green Roof Plants and Growing Media


Instructor: Patrick Carey

Subjects: Green Building: Green Roofing, Green Building: GRP Accreditation

Length: 3 modules

12 students are interested in this course


GRHC’s Green Roof Professional Training (GRP) is the most prestigious credential in the green roof industry.

This course is a part of GRHC’s Green Roof Professional Training (GRP), the most prestigious credential in the green roof industry. Learn about all three Green Roof Professional Training options.

The third of three courses, Green Roof Plants and Growing Media will provide you with an overview of plants and growing media design considerations and maintenance for green roof assemblies. It establishes design and implementation best management practices for plants and growing media in green roofs. You will also gain insight into the latest industry developments, technical standards and research findings, with reference to relevant examples and case studies.

Course tuition includes access to green roof expert, Patrick Carey, GRP, Hadj Design, and a detailed, 142-page Resource Manual .

After registering you will be provided with instructions to request your book and provide shipping information.

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Manual Included

Registration includes course-specific, 142-page Resource Manual to prepare for the GRP accreditation exam. Note: There is a separate exam registration fee of $495 which you will pay at the time of scheduling your in-person exam with GRHC.

Self Paced Online Course

This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

Access Information And Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn A Certificate Of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 7.5 AIA LU Credits, 7 LA CES Professional Development Hours, 7 BOMI Continuing Professional Development Points, 7 APLD Continuing Education Units, 7.5 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals), 7.5 RCI Continuing Education Hours

Being a GRP has offered our company an added level of professionalism when dealing with building owners, contractors and architects. The multi-discipline approach to the training has given us a great base for project oversight and filled in gaps in our vegetative roof knowledge.

- Roger L. Bertolini - Limited Systems, LLC

The GRP accreditation program stands out as one of the most comprehensive and intelligently designed sustainability training courses I have taken. GRP accreditation gives my organization the knowledge and credibility to guide our clients through the benefits and proper implementation of a successful green roof.

- Stefan Hansmire - Ncompass Construction LLC

This course is not for the faint-hearted. It required several hours of study every week, but as someone new to this field I came out of it with an excellent understanding of green roof design and installation techniques. The combination of lectures, materials and forum discussions was very effective.

- Julia Hitz, Bronx River Alliance

This self-pace course provided a very in-depth education on all the components and processes involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of green roofs. This course has provided me with the knowledge necessary to pursue the career I've always wanted and has given me confidence that I have the right skills to be a successful Green Roof Professional.

- Kloe Belush Masters Student, Indiana Universtity

I have taken many distance courses in the past, and the green roof professional course was the best distance/online course I have taken. The videos did an excellent job at explaining anything that might have been confusing from the course manuals. The content was very informative. I truly wish all courses were delivered as well as this course.

- Garratt Grenier Field Advisor, Tremco

Great introduction into the world of Green Roof Design, maintenance and installation!

- Adriana Turczyn Graduate of Landscape Architecture

The course has valuable information and allows you to study remotely and mostly at your own pace. I'm very satisfied with the knowledge I have on green roofs after taking the course.

- Nanci Fioravanti Account Manager, The LaurelRock Company

This course offers more than enough knowledge and resources to become a green roof expert in a short amount of time.

- Megan Lynch Landscape Architectural Designer, Benner Landscape Architecture

It's a good basic course to introduce people to the roof gardens categories, methods and even bidding. Although once finished you definitely need to put all this knowledge in practice to reinforce it and, mainly, to start doing something useful for the people and for the nature.

- Julyo Espinoza Environmental Projects Coordinator

It was good to be part of the first online course. I expected some technical challenges as it was new to this format. I was pleased with the content and learned a lot.

- Ray Derbecker Chairman, Greenrise Technologies


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Patrick Carey

GRP, Hadj Design

With a background in architecture, Patrick established himself and his firm, Hadj Design, as early pioneers in green roof design. Through his design-build efforts, he has completed over 100 projects ranging from residential to commercial to institutional, and encompassing a wide variety of assembly types. He participated in the development of GRHC’s Green Roof Design...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Module 1 - The Living Components Of Green Roofs

Topics include: Plant Physiology and Growing Media Science

  • Plant Physiology - Part 1 (23 mins) (Video)
  • Plant Physiology - Part 2 (22 mins) (Video)
  • Plant Physiology - Part 3 (14 mins) (Video)
  • Plant Physiology - Part 4 (14 mins) (Video)
  • Plant Categories (10 mins) (Video)
  • Biological, Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Growing Media (41 mins) (Video) preview
  • Components of Growing Media (11 mins) (Video)
  • Week 7 (Quiz)
  • Green Roof Bibliography (Download .pdf)
Module 2 - Vegetation And Growing Media Design

Topics include: Designing for Specific Performance, Aesthetic and End-Use Objectives; Budgeting; Material Supply and Scheduling; Structure and Site Constraints; Water Availability

  • Plants and Growing Media Design Intent (86 mins) (Video)
  • Plants and Growing Media Design - Part 1 (32 mins) (Video)
  • Plants and Growing Media Design - Part 2 (30 mins) (Video)
  • Week 8 (Quiz)
  • Comparison of Water Use Efficiency of Overhead, Drip, and Sub-Irrigation for Green Roofs (Download .pdf)
  • Over 100 Plant Species Trialed in a Semi-Arid Climate (Download .pdf)
Module 3 - Vegetation And Growing Media Installation

Topics include: Growing Media Blending; Staging, Scheduling, and Conveyance Methods; Seasonal Constraints; On-Site Storage and Protection; Wind and Shade Protection; Planting Methods; Stock Replacement; Establishment and Post-Establishment Maintenance – Weeding, Fertilization, Monitoring and Testing

  • Installation of Irrigation Systems and Growing Media (36 mins) (Video)
  • Installation of Vegetation - Part 1 (21 mins) (Video)
  • Installation of Vegetation - Part 2 (19 mins) (Video)
  • Maintenance (41 mins) (Video)
  • Week 9 (Quiz)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a Founding Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
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