‘Smart Surface’ report shows savings from pervious, porous pavements, cool roofs

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new 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 stand alone municipality, could save $5 billion over 40 years; enhance health and livability; and, temper peak summer heat.

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