Summary: Light-colored materials and reflective coatings or overlays serve to reflect heat instead of absorbing and retaining it. In addition to decreasing temperatures, these treatments can also extend the pavement lifetime.
Implementation: Provide incentives through rebates, zoning provision incentives, and green building incentives to encourage property owners to use light or reflective paving.
Considerations for Use: Consider who uses the pavements, how, and what is surrounding the area to determine if reflective pavements are appropriate to implement. Local technology and product availability may also determine implementation cost.
- Policy Levers: The mechanism municipalities can use to actualize the intervention. These policy levers will likely be used in combination with each other.
IncentiveFinancial and non-financial incentives to encourage stakeholders to implement heat risk reduction and preparedness solutions, including rebates, tax credits, expedited permitting, development/zoning bonuses, and more.
- Trigger Points: Opportunities for municipalities to implement risk reduction and preparedness interventions based on the policy lever, building on the United Nations Environment Programme triggers used in the Beating the Heat handbook (2021).
City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.Introducing new or updated zoning/codesIncludes codes, zoning requirements or by-laws pertaining to urban planning and building construction activity.No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
- Intervention Type:
Buildings and Built Form
Public Works, Transportation,
- Target Beneficiaries:
Residents; Property owners; Heat-vulnerable communities
- Phase of Impact:
Risk reduction and mitigation
Total area repaved
- Houston, TX (Kresge, Pg 48)
- Intervention Scale:
- Authority and Governance:
- Implementation Timeline:
Short-term (1-2 Years)
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- Funding Sources:
- Capacity to Act:
- Public Good:
- GHG Reduction:
- Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
- Co-benefits (Social):