Instructor: Bonnie Prinse

Board: Florida Home Inspector Licensing Program

Credit Hours: 2.00

Approval Number: 0608015

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Course Description

Florida CILB Course Approval Number: 0608015
AIA Course Approval Number: J607ENV05
Oregon CCB Series B Course Approval Number: SRB0025

This two hour interactive distance-learning course is designed to introduce the design professional or builder to the principles of successful greenroofing. A greenroof is a roof that is designed to function with living vegetation on it as a central component. Greenroofs are highly sought after for a number of reasons, the most popular reason, to serve as ecological cover and/or for human recreational space. Given their positive life-cycle cost benefits (discussed in the course) and their invaluable contribution to urban surroundings, it seems strange that greenroofing hasn’t been all that popular this past century in the U.S. But as you’ll discover, this is a trend that is gaining a lot of momentum.


Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain what a greenroof is and the system types
  • Discuss how they work in reducing a building’s energy requirements
  • Identify the components of a greenroof and how they work together
  • Describe benefits and limitations, stormwater attributes, the influence on ambient air temps and the costs associated with a greenroof
  • Summarize programs and incentives for the builder and/or owner
  • Express how greenroofs are used with great success around the world and here at home in the U.S.


Instructor Bio

Bonnie PrinseBonnie Prinse

Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”

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