Designing Green Roofs for Hurricane Impacts
Green roofs are not yet approved for the Florida Building Code by the Florida Building Commission (FBC) because there is concern that they are vulnerable to high-speed wind velocity damage and transport. Through a grant from FEMA and the FBC, UF researchers conducted full-scale outdoor trials to research the effects of hurricane-force winds on green roof assemblies. Built-in-place and modular trays were planted with a variety of species and subjected to incremental winds up to 120 mph. Pull-out tests were also performed to learn anchoring qualities of plants.
Bonita Springs, FL
Health, Safety and Welfare
To learn how hurricane-force winds affect roofs and green roof assemblies; To learn about UF's full-scale trials to research the impacts of wind uplift on green roof assemblies; To learn the results of plant material selections' performance in the research trials; To learn how design decisions can limit the effects of high-velocity wind uplift and the impacts upon green roofs; To provide for an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and share information
Course # 0011010
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