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Toronto introduces green roof by-law

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

City legislators in Toronto, Canada, have stipulated that half the surface area of roofs on new large buildings are to be seeded as green roofs.

All blocks of flats higher than six storeys, schools, social housing, commercial and industrial buildings in the city will have to comply with the ruling, as well as some large private houses.

Steven Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, said that the by-law ‘breaks new ground’ in best practice and was a brave stand against the lobbying efforts of developers.

 

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