23 Jan '14, 9pm

Toronto is the perfect testing ground for green roofs. Enter: GRIT Lab. @gbd_mag @UofTDaniels http…

Toronto is the perfect testing ground for green roofs. Enter: GRIT Lab. @gbd_mag @UofTDaniels http…

When the City of Toronto passed a bylaw in May 2009 requiring all new buildings with a gross floor area larger than 2,000 square meters to be built with a green roof, Liat Margolis saw her opportunity. The following year she launched the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, or GRIT Lab, a windswept research perch on the rooftop of the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design building. Here, a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, civil engineers, building scientists, and biologists study nearly every metric associated with the environmental performance of green roofs—from storm-water retention and evaporative cooling to biodiversity and life cycle costs. “We’re studying the synergy of the system for its capacity to deal with both water and thermal energy, as well as how these cycles affect plant growth and vice v...

Full article: http://gbdmagazine.com/2013/25-grit-lab/

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