According to a recent article by David Adam, environmental correspondent for The Guardian,
[Hashem] Akbari is poised to launch a campaign to paint the world white. He wants dozens of the world’s largest cities to unite in an effort to replace the dark-coloured materials used to cover roads and roofs with something a little more reflective.
It sounds simple, but the effect could be dramatic. Study after study has shown that buildings with white roofs stay cooler during the summer. The change reduces the way heat accumulates in built-up areas – known as the urban heat island effect – and allows people who live and work inside to switch off power-hungry air conditioning units.
Read the whole article here.
The new Land Development Regulations for Northfield are still undergoing revision. What about the idea of articulating requirements or providing incentives so that all new buildings with a footprint larger than X should have reflective/light-colored roofs..? Now, we’re not an urban heat island (yet), but this can’t hurt, might help, and could have minimal negative economic impact. Why not?