You would think that “Green or Eco” roofing would be a fairly new trend when it comes to living green; however, that’s not the case. According to Greenroof.org (www.greenroof.org), “Green or Eco” Roofing has been well established in Europe for year through government intervention and support. Germany has been using modern green roof technology since the early seventies (Sources: Green Roof Technology website- http://www.greenrooftechnology.com/history-of-green-roofs).
So what are some of the benefits? The International Green Roof Association (www.irga-world.com) gives a list of benefits such as:
- decreased noise levels,
- acts as heat shield and assist in storm water retention
- decreased dust and smog levels
- acts as a natural habitat for animals and plants
Here in Toronto, a bylaw was passed with regards to the construction of Green or “Eco” Roof in 2009; being the first of its kind in North America. Along with the creation of an Eco Roof” Incentive program, these initiatives are key to the city’s Climate Change Action Plan. In total, Toronto has 135 built green roof that are both publicly and private owned. (Source: City of Toronto website -www.toronto.ca). To find out more visit the Toronto Live Green website at http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen