“Smart Surfaces” report shows savings from pervious and porous pavements


A new, U.S. Green Building Council-backed report documents large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C. could realize from such “smart surface” technologies as pervious concrete or permeable concrete paver installations, cool or green roofs, and solar photovoltaic panels. “Achieving Urban Resilience DC” estimates the District, as a standalone municipality, could save $5 billion over 40 years; enhance health and livability; and, temper peak summer heat.

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