This program is co-sponsored by Kline-Johnson & Associates, Inc. and Firestone Building Products.


This program is now closed.

This program will provide an overview of the features, benefits and considerations needed to execute a high performing vegetative roof assembly. The participant will gain an understanding of the language, technology, construction and civic issues associated with green roof practices. The program will conclude with case studies that will show application and review decision-making, and discuss what worked and what didn’t, and why.

Seminar outline
I. Why Vegetative Roofing  – We’ll briefly discuss the benefits of vegetative roofs

II. Market Drivers – We’ll discuss where vegetative roofs are being installed and why – leveraging the benefits to make a difference in a specific region/municipality

III. Design and Installation Keys 

  • Structural Loading – discuss weights of various vegetative roof assemblies
  • Waterproofing Considerations – discuss proper roofing techniques when a vegetative roof is being considered
  • Vegetative Roofs and Wind – We’ll discuss RP-14 – a design guide on how to protect the asset of a vegetative roof from wind scour
  • Additional Design Recommendations – We’ll discuss fire, exposure, and shading

IV. Vegetative Roofing Defined 

  • System Selection – We’ll discuss modular and built-in-place systems.  Pros and Cons
  • Vegetation Recommendations 
  • Maintenance Expectations 

V. Case Studies / Lessons Learned – To highlight the importance of the above design keys, we’ll show a series of projects that had issues related to poor design, poor system selection, installation issues, and/or the GC “value engineering” the design. 

Date, Time, Location

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
11:30 am to 1:30 pm – Lunch
International Market Square, Studio 185
Minneapolis, MN  55405


Members $35
NonMembers $50

Continuing education

1.5 HSW LU Hours


Thomas M. Hanzely is Firestone Building Products – National Sales Manager for the Skyscape Vegetative Roof Program. Tom has over 15 years’ experience and is a subject matter expert on vegetative roofing.  He has aided the design community in turning a vision into reality through his technical expertise in vegetative roof systems; vegetation and growth media recommendation.  He received his B.S. in Natural Environmental Systems (Plant and Soil emphasis) from Northern Illinois University and later went on to obtain his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Tom was part of a team that developed the first patented green roof modular system available in the US in 2001 (US Patent 8,555,545) and has designed, sold, and installed acres of vegetative roofs across North America.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Roof Professional.

This program is now closed.


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director