The urban heat island (UHI) effect is emerging as a significant concern for cities, motivating urban planners and policy makers across the U.S. to adopt UHI mitigation measures to improve public health outcomes. Innovative pavement design strategies and urban infrastructure are viewed by many as a key countermeasure for heat mitigation. National organizations such as the International Code Council, U.S. Green Building Council, and ASHRAE have developed green construction codes and rating systems that assign credit to different pavement materials based on properties such as reflectivity and permeability. This webinar includes highlights from a critical review of the impact of pavements on UHI mitigation and an online survey that were conducted by Arizona State University. We present an overview of the impact of pavements on the UHI effect and explore some of the modeling techniques for predicting the efficacy of UHI mitigation measures. We also discuss outstanding gaps in research, green rating systems and codes, and implementation of UHI mitigation strategies.
• Current building codes and green rating systems lag research advances and need to be updated
• The status quo implementation of UHI mitigation strategies is largely inadequate in many cities
• Comprehensive approach including life cycle analysis are needed for developing innovative pavement design strategies to mitigate the UHI effect
This webinar is for NAPA Members, SAPA employees and members and AI staff only