Heat island effect: non-roof | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED BD+C: Retail | v1 - LEED 1.0 pilot

Heat island effect: non-roof

SSc7.2 | Possible 1 point


Reduce heat islands (thermal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas) to minimize impact on microclimate and human and wildlife habitat.



Provide any combination of the following strategies for 50% of the site hardscape (including roads, sidewalks, courtyards and parking lots):

  • Shade (within 5 years of occupancy)
  • Paving materials with a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI)3 of at least 29
  • Open grid pavement system

Place a minimum of 50% of parking spaces under cover (defined as under ground, under deck, under roof, or under a building). Any roof used to shade or cover parking must have an SRI of at least 29.

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