France’s New Green Roof Law


While recycling, reusing and reducing waste have become increasingly widespread practices, the impact that large entities can have on our environment is greater. Large, governing entities, such as local and national governments, have the power to define standards over a much wider segment of the population.

France, for example, is following the example of The City of Toronto, where In 2009, legislation was enacted that began requiring some new buildings to include rooftop planting in their design. Currently suffering through many air pollution issues, France needed to come up with a solution quickly, as residents and tourists are increasingly making their voices heard in regards to the smog that now covers much of its capital city, Paris. As a result, the government is now requiring that any new construction projects have a green roof in order to meet their revised code.

The solution, while aesthetically pleasing, also helps to decrease the environmental impact of new construction, requiring that new buildings in commercial zones have either rooftop plants or solar panels. The significant impact that these laws have go well beyond the typical incentives for environmentally conscious design. Tax breaks are one thing, but, green roof laws, and other laws like it, show an even stronger commitment to improving the environment.





Category: Architecture