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Getting Green Roofs Right


February 27, 2014
by Canadian Architect

What’s better, a green roof or a cool roof? Is rainwater harvesting more important than mitigating urban heat island effect? How effective are green roofs at managing stormwater? What is a responsible alternative to green roofs where they are not feasible? How important are irrigation, soils and plant selection for a healthy green roof? Are you confused by the conflicting Toronto Green Roof Bylaw and LEED requirements?

On Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:30pm, join a panel of green roof experts that represent development, design, construction and regulatory stakeholders to understand how to get green roofs right.

Joe D’Abramo has practiced as a city planner with the City of Toronto for 34 years, where, as Acting Director of Zoning and Environmental Planning, he was involved in both development approval and policy formulation. His work has focused on researching and developing policies related to environmental impacts of urban development practices involving water quality, air quality, noise and contaminated soil issues.

Scott Torrance is the principal of Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., a collaborative studio which fosters design excellence, promotes biodiversity and celebrates natural processes in all of its projects. Scott is the lead author for the City of Toronto Guidelines for Biodiverse Green Roofs, and his firm is currently writing the Best Practices Manual for Green Walls for the City of Toronto. He sits on the City of Toronto Green Roof Bylaw Technical Advisory Committee.

Rick Buist is a principal and president of Bioroof Systems Inc. He is an award-winning designer and horticulturist. For over 10 years, Rick has been involved in the design and/or installation of more than 200 green roof projects throughout North America. These include the award-winning Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the LEED Platinum Manitoba Hydro Building as well as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, the LEED Platinum David Suzuki Public School in Windsor and Covenant House in Toronto.

The gathering of green roof gurus takes place on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in Room 103 of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, located at 230 College Street in Toronto.


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