Toronto now has the most comprehensive environmental building regulations in North America after Council overwhelmingly passed new rules mandating green roofs on all new high-rise buildings starting in 2010.
The vote comes after a municipal green roof study found significant benefits including reduced stormwater runoff on the sewer system, lower heating and cooling costs, reduced heat island effect, and improved air quality, in addition to a more beautiful city.
Developers complain that the new rules will make buildings more expensive, and green roof activists complain that the law does not also apply to low-rise buildings, but deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina) told Council, "You will see other municipalities now looking to Toronto and emulating us for the greater good of humanity."
(Among the two holdouts was Etobicoke Councillor Rob Ford.)
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