Το what extent do the building materials we use for our cities contribute to the intensification of the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon? Studies from the other side of the Atlantic show that they do. Notably, pavements, the most abundant urban surfaces may halt the rise in temperature if they were built or remade to reflect more sunlight instead of absorbing it. Αn increase in pavement reflectivity could offer substantial benefits, even reducing the frequency of heatwaves by as much as 40% across U.S. urban areas. MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub researchers explain how this can be achieved.
Find HERE the CHSub Topic Summary entitled “Mitigating Climate Change with Reflective Pavements”.