Delivering Urban Resilience: Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces

Resource Author Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook
Date Published 11/9/2022
Resource Type Publication
Tags Sustainable Buildings

Resource Summary

This report quantifies the benefits and costs of smart surface technologies and finds that the risks from extreme heat and weather can be offset by these technologies. It draws on  Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and El Paso as case studies and considers five smart surface technologies: cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, reflective pavements, and urban trees. The authors find that adopting these technologies can generate millions (or even billions) of dollars in net financial benefits at the city level and can generate half a trillion dollars in net financial benefits nationwide. It also finds that benefits are greatest in low-income areas.

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