Toronto Implements Garden-Topped Building Law

By: Rachel Bowman - Published:   Updated: Apr 4 2011 • References: toronto and treehugger
As populations rise, it's getting harder and harder to find green space. Toronto is fighting that with their newly appointed Green Roof by-law.

The Green Roof by-law makes it mandatory for any new building to be topped with at least 50% green area. The Toronto by-law was decided on a 36-2 vote, which is a great step for eco-friendly living.

"Toronto's by-law provides a new opportunity to strengthen the emerging practice of integrated green building design," said Steven W. Peck, the president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. "[It] breaks new ground on how to structure a mandatory green roof requirement."