Paving materials for heat island mitigation

TitlePaving materials for heat island mitigation
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsPomerantz, Melvin, Hashem Akbari, Allan Chen, Haider Taha, and Arthur H. Rosenfeld
KeywordsCool Pavements, Heat Island
Abstract

This report summarizes paving materials suitable for urban streets, driveways, parking lots and walkways. The authors evaluate materials for their abilities to reflect sunlight, which will reduce their temperatures. This in turn reduces the excess air temperature of cities (the heat island effect). The report presents the compositions of the materials, their suitability for particular applications, and their approximate costs (in 1996). Both new and resurfacing are described. They conclude that, although light-colored materials may be more expensive than conventional black materials, a thin layer of light-colored pavement may produce energy savings and smog reductions whose long-term worth is greater than the extra cost.

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URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2172/291033
DOIdoi:10.2172/291033