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Green Walls 101

Introduction to Systems and Design

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Green Walls 101 discusses design and construction best practices for green façades and living walls, including maintenance, irrigation requirements as well as a number of planting and site level considerations. Learn about a number of rating system options, policy drivers for living wall technologies, and research regarding performance and benefit.


Green Walls 101 Includes:

  • Access to the Green Walls 101 course
  • A 100 page resource manual, in either digital or hard-copy format
  • A certificate of course completion, upon request

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine major functions and components of green walls.
  • Describe characteristics and assess 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 building systems integrations.

Green Walls 101 Overview:

Module 1 | Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Mission
  • Background

Module 2 | Overview and History

  • History of Green Walls
  • Nomenclature

Module 3 | Green Wall Benefits

  • Benefits of Green Walls
  • Public Benefits
  • Private Benefits
  • Design Specific Benefits

Module 4 | Policies, Standards, and Research

  • Government Policies
  • Design and Performance Standards
  • Research and Integrations

Module 5 | Design and Implementation

  • Pre-Design
  • Scope
  • Budgeting

Module 6 | Systems and Components

  • Green Facades
  • Living Walls
  • Interior Living Walls

Module 7 | Case Studies

  • Green Wall Case Studies

Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for 3.5 AIA, ASLA, and GRP Continuing Education Credits.


Your Instructor


David Yocca, AICP, FASLA, GRP, LEED AP
David Yocca, AICP, FASLA, GRP, LEED AP

David is a nationally recognized leader in restorative, sustainably focused site and land use strategies, programs, and applications with over 30 years’ experience exclusively in leading-edge, ecologically based practice. As a pioneer of leading-edge sustainable site/restorative planning and design methods, he has supported professional teams, institutions, and agencies in the use and adoption of ecologically grounded policies, principles and practices. A long-time champion of site/landscape performance, David is a Consulting Landscape Architect/Ecological Planner based in Grand Rapids, MI and currently serves on several boards and committees locally and nationally, including the Grand Rapids (MI) Green Stormwater Infrastructure Task Force, and is Board Chair for the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF), supporting the widespread deployment of living green infrastructure in cities throughout North America.


Course Curriculum


  Download the Course Digital Resource Manual
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  Module 0 - Introduction to the Living Architecture Academy & Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
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  Module 1 - Introduction
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  Module 2 - Overview and History
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  Module 3 - Green Wall Benefits
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  Module 4 - Policies, Standards, and Research
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  Module 5 - Design and Implementation
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  Module 6 - Systems and Components
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  Module 7 - Case Studies
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  Green Walls 101 Concepts Review
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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