Installed in 2009, our green roofs (one on the second floor and the other at the top of the Tower Suite) are more than just botanically beautiful, they also help us stay green.
By planting on vertical and horizontal surfaces, the daily dew and evaporation cycle of green roofs actually helps cool the city and reduce the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.
No, this isn’t some idealistic hippie-concept it actually works: Instead of light being absorbed and converted into heat energy (as a typical roof surface would), the vegetation on the green roof absorbs this heat energy and ultimately keeps things cooler.
In addition to heat absorption, both of our green roofs grow succulent plants which are especially apt at storing water and aiding in storm water management. By absorbing excess storm water, the succulent plants help reduce runoff that was previously overwhelming our eaves troughs and storm water sewer systems during large rainfalls. Additionally, they help filter the runoff water, which puts even cleaner water back into Lake Ontario.
Green roofs can also help reduce the distribution of dust and particulate matter throughout the city, as well as the production of smog, which plays a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting urban areas to a future climate with warmer summers.
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