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Built environments often negatively impact the natural environment by decreasing water quality, fish populations and groundwater reserves, while increasing the likelihood of habitat fragmentation, flooding and urban heat island effects.
The tool features new credits to deal with significant and emerging sustainability challenges, including the urban heat island effect, sustainable transport and lifecycle analysis.
Urban Heat Island effect is getting more prevalent due to rampant urbanisation.
The plants will also regulate the temperature of the building and will help to balance out the urban heat island effect that is created in built up towns and cities.
UltraLot Whitetopping is another green pavement that reduces the need for parking lot lighting and also minimizes the urban heat island effect, which allows for less energy to be used when heating and cooling the building.
The determination of the radiative and thermal properties of construction materials such as painted metal cladding and roofing is becoming more important as global awareness increases about the part that radiative properties play in helping reduce urban heat island effects and offset the use of CO2 generating cooling and heating systems.
Previous studies, carried out by NOAA, NASA, and the Hadley Center, also found that land warming was approximately 1AC since the mid-1950s, and that the urban heat island effect and poor station quality did not bias the results.
Under the NYC [degrees]CoolRoofs program, City-owned buildings have been utilized to help reduce energy usage and reduce the urban heat island effect by providing more than 500,000 square feet of its own rooftops.