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Green Roof & Infrastructure: How can vegetated facades have a greater impact on heat island reductions than green roofs? (Virtual)


Image Credit: Helix Pflanzensysteme

  • COST

    Free for members
    $10 for nonmembers

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community




    1 LU/HSW AIA credit pending.

Event Description

For the next GRIT meeting, we are looking at green facades and their role in urban climates. We have invited two guest speakers to present their individual work in urban climate and human comfort research and the planning, construction, and maintenance of green facade systems respectively. The two presentations will be followed by Q&A session and open discussion.


Ata Chokhachian | Founding Partner & Managing Director, Climateflux
Ata Chokhachian is a building technology and urban climate research scientist, educator, and advisor and has created simulation-based tools to quantify outdoor thermal comfort conditions in urban environments. His work includes developing and implementing computational decision-making processes and workflows designed to assist architects and urban planners and is currently conducting postdoctoral research at MIT.

Jonathan Müller | Architect & Managing Director, Helix Plant Systems GmbH
Jonathan Müller is an architect and managing director at Helix Plant Systems GmbH, which is an interdisciplinary, specialist provider for the planning, construction, and maintenance of vertical greenery based in Stuttgart, Germany. Their work and research brings green facade approaches to address climate, acoustics, biodiversity, habit, and beauty to urban environments.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the potential urban scale benefits of vegetated facades to reduce urban heat island impacts.

  • To learn about certain European-based policy requirements that require the integration of vegetated facades to mitigate climate related issues.

  • To learn how some people are addressing the technical complexities of integrated facade systems that allow for the integration of live vegetation.

  • To understand the impacts existing development has on urban heat island and subtle differences that can improve the comfort of our urban environments based on research.