Rethinking Our Roofs, Parking Lots, and Sidewalks Could Save Money and Lives — Living Architecture Monitor

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It’s getting hot here and cities are struggling to adapt as heatwave after heatwave hits urban areas across the United States and the world.

A recent heat wave that swept across the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada put infrastructure to the test in areas unaccustomed to such high temperatures. Even with heat warning warnings from public health officials and efforts to stay cool, there were more than 480 reported sudden deaths across Canada in early July, a 195 percent increase in the number of deaths that would normally happen in a five-day period in the United States. whole country .

The solution to keep cities cool and weatherproof for safer summers can invest holistically in better or smarter surfaces. According to a recently released report by the Smart Surfaces Coalition, cities can reduce the ‘heat island’ effect by turning dark roads and parking lots into reflective surfaces, using solar panels and green roofs, changing sidewalks to stop stormwater runoff and flooding. , and even plant more trees.

It’s getting hot here and cities are struggling to adapt as heatwave after heatwave hits urban areas across the United States and the world.

A recent heat wave that swept across the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada put infrastructure to the test in areas unaccustomed to such high temperatures. Even with heat warning warnings from public health officials and efforts to stay cool, there were more than 480 reported sudden deaths across Canada in early July, a 195 percent increase in the number of deaths that would normally happen in a five-day period in the United States. whole country .

The solution to keep cities cool and weatherproof for safer summers can invest holistically in better or smarter surfaces. According to a recently released report by the Smart Surfaces Coalition, cities can reduce the ‘heat island’ effect by turning dark roads and parking lots into reflective surfaces, using solar panels and green roofs, changing sidewalks to stop stormwater runoff and flooding. , and even plant more trees.

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