Although the proposals for changes to the Ontario Building Code make an excellent start, additional items should be included in this proposal.
Under the “renovation” section for houses (residential) and buildings (both commercial and institutional), all window replacements should require a building permit. In addition, replacement windows should be “bird-friendly”, in other words, have bird deterrent marking so that the number of birds killed every year drops substantially.
In the “new construction” section for buildings and windows, again these windows and surfaces should also be bird-friendly. All reflective surfaces to a height of 30 metres should be required to have bird deterrent markings.
These bird deterrents can be easily incorporated into window films which reduce the heating and cooling losses for buildings.
City of Toronto, Toronto Green Standards: https://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/City%20Planning/Developing%20Toronto/Files/pdf/TGS/TGS_ MidHiRise_Standard.pdf
City of Markham, Bird Friendly Guidelines: https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/Markham/BusinessDevelopment/PlanningAndDevelopmentServices/Planni ngStudies/bird%20friendly%20guidelines/!ut/p/a0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOJN_N2dnX3CLAKNgkwMDDw 9XcJM_VwCDc2MDfQLsh0VAc3SB6I!/
FLAP Canada BirdSafe Guidelines:
[Original Comment ID: 210991]
Submitted February 12, 2018 3:37 PM