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July 12, 2009 @ 3:18 pm
Toronto’s New Green Roof Bylaw and Continued Eco-Incentive Program


As referenced in the “Thank You” post this is will be my first in a series of country posts. I’ve chosen to cover Canada first since it accounts for my 2nd highest page view total (the U.S. is leading). I’m also pleased to add Turkey to the list.

May 26th was a wonderful day for Torontans who like clean air, clean water, efficient buildings and aesthetically pleasing rooftops. Toronto became the first city in North America to pass a law requiring construction of green roofs on new developments. This requirement will be attached to all projects with 2,000 m2 (21,528 ft2) Gross Floor Area and above. It will be applied to all new building permit applications after January 31, 2010 for residential, commercial and institutional projects with a roof coverage requirement ranging from 20-60% of available roof space as building size increases. After January 31, 2011, the law will be applied to all new industrial projects with a roof coverage requirement of 10% up to 2,000 m2. Available roof space is defined as total roof area excluding areas designated for renewable energy, private terraces and residential outdoor amenity space (to a maximum of 2m2/unit). Click here for more details. This new initiative marries well with Toronto’s existing eco-roof incentives…
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After successful pilot programs in 2006 and 2007 and following City Council approval in 2008, Toronto City Hall is offering greater subsidies to businesses pursuing green renovations, including green roofs and “cool roofs” (systems/coatings with high solar reflectivity and thermal emissivity). The latest move will provide cash incentives to commercial, industrial and institutional (ICI) property owners to install eco-roofs. Currently, the City is willing to provide incentives of C$50 per square meter up to $100,000 for existing buildings to install green roofs and C$2-5 per square meter up to $50,000 to install cool roofs. On a one year pilot basis, the program will also provide this funding to owners of new buildings. Eligibility criteria must be met and completed applications must be submitted on time. The Fall Session application deadline is October 16, 2009; the form and all the program details are at Live Green Toronto. Anyone building a green roof should consider the most versatile green roof medium on the market. Information is available on my “Products” tab.

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3 Responses to “Toronto’s New Green Roof Bylaw and Continued Eco-Incentive Program”

  1. Tom Edwards Says:

    Great incentive for owners. However, they should provide incentives based on energy savings. Depending on isulation of the roof, it may not make sense to plant grass on it.

  2. Nate Says:

    Agreed. I think that’s what they were trying to get at with the “cool roof” option. Certainly building owners would welcome other energy savings incentives, but at a minimum, saving energy saves money – it’s a question of investment and payback/return. The nice thing about green roofs is that they not only insulate, but provide environmental benefits such as reducing urban heat island effects and water pollution from runoff in addition to looking prettier than tar/painted concrete and adding value to the building.

  3. GreenBldgBlog - Home Says:

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