Green Roof Bylaw and Eco-roof incentive in Toronto

Author: Katharine Burgess; Elizabeth Foster

Organization: City of Toronto

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Urban Land Institute. (2019) Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

Toronto was the first city in North America to require and govern the construction of green roofs on new development. The Green Roof Bylaw (which includes a Green Roof Construction Standard) and the parallel Eco-Roof Incentive Program are responsible for more than 1.2 million square feet of new green space, an estimated reduction in citywide temperature, and widespread promotion of cool roofs.