25 Apr '12, 1pm

Green TO - Toronto leads the way on green roofs: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #sustainability

Green TO - Toronto leads the way on green roofs: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #sustainability

In January of 2010, Toronto became the first city in North America to require the installation of green roofs on new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments across the city. Next week, the requirement will expand to apply to new industrial development as well. Simply put, a “green roof” is a rooftop that is vegetated. Green roofs produce multiple environmental benefits by reducing the urban heat island effect and associated energy demand, absorbing rainwater before it becomes runoff, improving air quality, and bringing nature and natural diversity into urban environments. In many cases, green roofs can also be enjoyed by the public much as a park can be. Toronto’s requirements are embodied in a municipal bylaw that includes standards for when a green roof is required and what elements are required in the design . Generally speaking, smaller resi...

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