Developers of "Cool Roof" Buildings May Catch a Break

Industrial building developers, who had previously decried the price tag of green roofs now standard to many buildings in Toronto, may get the OK to construct an alternative, reflective roof instead.
November 9, 2011, 7am PST | Judy Chang
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Natalie Alcoba reports:

"The green roof bylaw applies to new high-rise condos and office buildings with floor surface greater than 2,000 square metres, to mid-rise buildings that are higher than eight storeys, industrial plants, schools and non-profit housing.

Advocates contend that green roofs reduce the 'urban heat island,' but opponents from the industrial sector warn the cost of installing such roofs on their massive plants could drive companies out of Toronto. New industrial buildings are exempt until April 30.

On Tuesday, the Toronto Catholic District School Board also raised money as an issue as it sought an exemption from the bylaw and the cash in lieu contribution it has to pay instead."

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Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 in National Post
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