Holiday shoppers at Sherway Gardens this year can enjoy the added satisfaction of knowing they’re patronizing one of the region’s greenest malls. And part of the proof is right over their heads: the massive Etobicoke shopping complex recently marked the first anniversary of the unveiling of its green roof — the largest of its kind on a free-standing commercial structure in the Greater Toronto Area.
The 9,500-square-metre installation, part of a major new expansion for Sherway, uses the XF301 Sedum Standard from Partners in Project Green Member Xeroflor Canada. It was featured in November as Project of the Week by Greenroofs.com. You can read a recent Greenroofs.com guest article by Xeroflor’s Karen Liu here.
The major impetus for the including the green roof project in Sherway’s $550-million expansion was to improve stormwater management by reducing runoff. Xeroflor’s XF301 system is one of the lightest available, and boasts a high water retention-to-weight ratio. According to Xeroflor, the Sherway green roof can absorb 340,000 litres of rainfall, or the equivalent of 2,500 bathtubs.
Aesthetics, too, were a big selling point. Sherway’s roof is visible from the junction of the Gardiner Expressway, the QEW and Highway 427, and from nearby condominiums; greening it up improves the view for commuters and residents alike.
The installation of a green roof is one of the measures that helped Sherway Gardens earn LEED certification for its expansion. A 210,000-square-foot addition, featuring 50 new stores, along with a new food court and expanded parking, opened in September. New anchor stores are slated for opening in 2016 and 2017.
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