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LEED Credits and Green Roof Construction

on October 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm under

Excerpts from  Green Roof Construction and Maintenance,  by Kelly Luckett, 2009, published by Mcgraw-Hill’s GreenSource Books

Hi Green Roof Fans,

As one of the contributing editors here on – you may know me as “The Green Roof Guy” – I’m starting a series of excerpts from my book Green Roof Construction and Maintenance:

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a rating system that awards designers and property owners with various levels of environmentally responsible building strategies.

The 69-point rating system is broken into five categories: Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR), and Indoor Environmental Quality (IE). There are five additional credits available for Innovative Design (ID). By taking prescriptive steps, the project team captures credits in the various categories to reach one of four levels of achievement: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

For information on possible LEED credits associated with the use of specific green roof systems or components, contact the manufacturer.   If you’re using one of my Green Roof Blocks  products, contact me by  email.  For more information on the USGBC or LEED, visit the USGBC website at

The list of credits below can apply to construction of green roofs.

LEED Green Roof Possible Credits

SS 5.1
SS 6.1
WE 1.1 and 1.2
EA 1.1 to 1.10
MR 4.1 and 4.2
MR 5.1 and 5.2
ID 1.1 to 1.4

The full list is available on Page 142 of  Green Roof Construction and Maintenance  at

Make sure to read my column, and to learn more about my company,  visit my website at:  or send me an email to:

Kelly Luckett, A/K/A The Green Roof Guy