Toronto City Council Adopts Mandatory Green Roof Requirements

    Toronto leads North America by requiring green roofs on new buildings!

    TORONTO, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Green Roofs for Healthy
Cities, (GRHC) the North American green roof industry association, is pleased
to announce that the City of Toronto passed a new green roof by-law with
overwhelming support yesterday.  The green roof by-law consists of a green
roof construction standard and a mandatory requirement for green roofs on all
classes of new buildings.   The by-law requires up to 50 per cent green roof
coverage on multi-unit residential dwellings over six storeys, schools,
non-profit housing, commercial and industrial buildings.  Larger residential
projects require greater green roof coverage, ranging anywhere from 20 to 50
per cent of the roof area.

    "The City of Toronto's leadership on all things green took another major
step by making it obligatory to have green roofs for all types of new
buildings..." said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, the primary champion of the new
by-law.  "This bylaw is a major part of the solution to climate change, the
creation of green jobs and it represents a whole new mindset on how our cities
approach the 20 per cent or so of surface area that are roofs." he added.

    "Toronto's by-law provides a new opportunity to strengthen the emerging
practice of integrated green building design," said, Steven W. Peck, President
of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, which supported the by-law against pressure
from developers opposed to the policy.   "The by-law breaks new ground on how
to structure a mandatory green roof requirement and the construction standard
also contains important best practices that may prove to be a model for other
cities," he added.  For details please see:

    Chicago remains the number one city in 2008, for the most green roofs
installed, according to GHRC's  Annual Green Roof Industry Survey released
last week.  The mandatory by-law in Toronto may change that, resulting in
approximately 50 to 75 new projects annually.   Toronto already requires green
roofs on city-owned properties, has established a financial incentive of up to
$5 per square foot for existing buildings, and is currently building a
publicly accessible green roof on its city hall.  The project will be unveiled
at CitiesAlive!, the first international green roof congress to be held
October 19-22, 2009 with a focus on addressing climate change.   See for details.

    GRHC is having its 7th Annual Conference, Awards and Trade Show on June
3-5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, where the first sold out Green Roof
Professional (GRP) accreditation exam will be held.  Please see for more conference details and media passes.

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    Steven W. Peck


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