Heat Islands: Understanding and Mitigating Heat in Urban Areas

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Routledge, May 16, 2012 - Architecture - 208 pages
Heat islands are urban and suburban areas that are significantly warmer than their surroundings. Traditional, highly absorptive construction materials and a lack of effective landscaping are their main causes. Heat island problems, in terms of increased energy consumption, reduced air quality and effects on human health and mortality, are becoming more pressing as cities continue to grow and sprawl. This comprehensive book brings together the latest information about heat islands and their mitigation. The book describes how heat islands are formed, what problems they cause, which technologies mitigate heat island effects and what policies and actions can be taken to cool communities. Internationally renowned expert Lisa Gartland offers a comprehensive source of information for turning heat islands into cool communities. The author includes sections on cool roofing and cool paving, explains their benefits in detail and provides practical guidelines for their selection and installation. The book also reviews how and why to incorporate trees and vegetation around buildings, in parking lots and on green roofs.

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List of Figures and Tables
List of Acronyms
Causes of the Heat Island
Measuring and Modelling Heat Islands
From Heat Islands to Cool Communities
All About Cool Roofing
All About Cool Paving
Cooling with Trees and Vegetation
Community Benefits from Heat Island Mitigation
Cool Community Action Plan

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About the author (2012)

Dr Lisa Gartland is the sole proprietor of PositivEnergy, a consulting firm specializing in heat island mitigation, and former director of the Sacramento Cool Community Program, whose aim was to reduce Sacramento's heat island.

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