The summer season is just around the corner and many Toronto homeowners and businesses are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills and contribute to a greener environment.
Installing an eco-roof is a project with big payoffs, and the City of Toronto offers incentives to install eco-roofs through the Eco-Roof Incentive Program. Through the program, eligible residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings in Toronto can apply for funding to help cover the costs of a new green or cool roof.
What is the difference between a green roof and a cool roof?
A green roof is a roof surface that supports the growth of vegetation over a substantial portion of its area for the purpose of water and energy conservation. A cool roof is a roofing system with an exterior surface with high “solar reflectivity” and “thermal emissivity” that reflects the sun’s rays and reduces heat build-up from the sun’s thermal energy.
- Eligible green roof projects will receive $75 per square metre up to a maximum of $100,000.
- Eligible cool roof projects will receive $2-5 per square metre up to a maximum of $50,000. (Cool roofs with a coating applied over an existing roof are eligible for $2 per square metre; cool roofs with new membranes are eligible for a $5 per square metre.)
Visit the Eco-Roof Incentive Program website for all of the program details.
Why install an eco-roof?
- Extend the life of your roof
- Increase the energy efficiency for your home or business
- Lower heating and cooling costs = lower energy bills
- Improve air quality
- Cool the air and reduce urban heat in the summer
- Reduce noise
- Reduce storm water runoff