By Alexander Landa
Innovation seems to save money, huh. That's no secret, really. It doesn't take a scientist years to figure out that new technologies and strategies have a lot of benefits, include monetary. In a recent USGBC press release, it was noted that smart surface technologies could improve cities on a massive scale, including human and environmental health, and economic benefits.
Achieving Urban Resilience, a report out of Washington D.C.'s Capital E group, quantified the real, measurable benefits of smart surfaces, such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, and porous pavements. It's possible for the nation's capitol to save $5 billion over 40 years, in addition to enhancing health and livability, especially during the peak of summer.
That's not something to brush aside, and that's a lot more than just saving money and improving health. 40. Billion. Dollars. That's a lot. What that means is that in addition to the inherent properties of smart surfaces, like improving the human experience, millions of dollars a year can be invested into other enterprises, whether for green building, or for other social-good projects.
“This report represents a major step in understanding and quantifying the benefits of adopting cost-effective strategies to manage sun and rainfall at a city level,” said Greg Kats, lead author of the report. “Increasing summer heat and smog threaten city livability and summer tourists. This report provides a powerful framework to combat climate change while improving public health and saving money.”
We're really becoming passionate about smart cities and smart technology. In February 2017, we're going to host the Building Tech Forum – a night devoted to celebrating local achievements in this emerging field. Come join us! Learn more here.