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Urban Heat Islands and Cool Roofs

When I left the PolycreteUSA office in Richmond Virginia’s Manchester neighborhood one day recently, the thermometer in my truck said it was 101 degrees outside. Back at my farm 20 miles and a half hour later, it was 8 degrees cooler.

That’s a perfect example of what’s called the Urban Heat Island Effect. Cities generally have few trees and lots of dark-colored paved areas, roofs, and hard masonry or concrete surfaces that absorb and hold heat.

The design and construction community can help reduce urban heat island effect. We can help save lives, money, and stress on the electric grid. We can do this by including high insulation values, thermal mass, and cool roofs on all new construction.

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