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STRATA RESEARCH GRANT FOR DESIGN TOOL USGBC TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW GREEN ROOF ENERGY CALCULATOR rofessor David Sailor, Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Portland State University (psu) in Oregon has received a grant from the U.S. Green Building Council (usgbc) to develop a green roof energy calculator. The usgbc’s Green Building Research Fund was created to spur research that will advance sustainable building practices and encourage market transformation. The funding was the result of a proposal jointly submitted by three partners: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, psu and University of Toronto. P The goal of this project is to create an easy-touse design tool that real estate developers, engineers and architects can use to assess the building energy-use implications of green roof design decisions. The energy calculator will be designed to quantify energy savings of specific green roofs designs in different regions of North America. This work is very timely in that green roofs have been shown to compare favorably with white “cool” roofs for summer air conditioning demand, and outperform white roofs with respect to winter time heating demand. Currently, however, market penetration of green roofs in most North Ameri- can markets is relatively low, due in some part to the inability of key decision-makers to access quantitative information regarding the energy performance of green roof constructions, which in turn increases the uncertainty of any total benefits and life-cycle costing estimates. To carry out this work Professor Sailor will be working in collaboration with Drs. Graig Spolek, Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at psu, and Dr. Brad Bass, Adaptation & Impacts Research Division for the Center for the Environment, University of Toronto (also currently the Chair of the grhc 's Research http://mossacres.com http://mossacres.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2008

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Fall 2008
Contents
From the Founder: A Robust Economy
Letters
Strata - People, Products & Projects: Austin's Hotspot for Habitat & Baltimore Hilton Goes Green
A Green Roof for a County Courthouse
Research Grant for Design Tool
On the Roof With...
A New Vue on Downtown Open Space
Sound Transmission Loss of Extensive Green Roofs
On Target
Optimizing for Sustainability
First GRHC Green Roof Symposium in Florida
Welcome New Corporate Members
Professional Calendar
Experts Reflect on the Value of the GRP

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