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How Smart Surfaces Improve Resilience
WIDESPREAD IMPLEMENTATION OF SMART SURFACES MAKES CITIES HEALTHIER AND MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT
To bolster resilience and sustain- ability at your organization, the surfaces of your facility could be
the answer. Delivering Urban Resilience,
a report written by clean energy advisory firm Capital E, identifies the adoption of smart surface technologies as
a means to healthier and more cost-effective urban areas.
The report examines how measures
to bring smart surface technologies to
cities would affect three urban areas:
Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and El
Paso, TX. The authors concluded that with
improvements to surfaces, cities could
become more resilient, improve health
and comfort, reduce energy costs and
mitigate climate change and excess heat.
“Cities are increasingly at risk from hur-
The report highlights a number of
ricanes and severe summer heat,” says
lead author Greg Kats. “This report shows
how citywide adoption of these smart
surface technologies would save cities
billions of dollars and cut greenhouse
gasses while achieving transformative
benefits like making cities cooler, more
resilient, healthier and more equitable.”
smart surface technologies, including:
■ Solar PV roofs
■ Cool roofs
■ Green roofs
■ Porous and high albedo pavements
By implementing any of these technolo-
gies, facilities can contribute to reducing
costs associated with poor air quality,
pollution and excess heat. Investment
in smart surface technologies would
yield net present values of $1.8 bil-
lion in Washington, D.C., $3.6 billion in
Philadelphia and $540 million in El Paso
over 40 years.
“Overall, the smart surface solutions
evaluated in this report are cost-effective
and generally provide large positive net
benefits,” according to the report. “The
payback time for these solutions varies
greatly. Cool roofs offer very fast payback
in all cases, while several other solutions
offer the largest net benefit in one or
“This is the beginning of the Smart
Surfaces revolution,” says former Austin,
TX, Mayor Will Wynn. “Delivering Urban
Resilience provides an entirely convinc-
ing case that citywide adoption of ‘smart
surfaces’ like green and cool roofs and
porous pavements are both cost-effective
and essential to ensuring that our cities
remain livable in a warming world.”
For more details on the report, visit