If a new professional designation catches on, designers and contractors involved in sustainable building projects could soon be seeking another set of initials to put after their names. Early last month, the Toronto-based nonprofit, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, launched a green roof professional accreditation exam.
The 100-question, multiple-choice test was offered for the first time on June 5 at the group’s annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference in Atlanta. The exam focuses on knowledge areas such as green roof design, contract management, and maintenance. These topics are covered in four full-day workshops offered by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Although completion of the training courses is not a prerequisite for exam registration, “it might be difficult to pass without them,” says Jeffrey L. Bruce, owner of the Kansas City, Missouri-based landscape architecture firm that bears his name and chair of the group’s training and accreditation committee. Bruce was also recently named chairman of the organization’s board.