Requirement: A heat island is a high thermal gradient difference between developed and undeveloped areas. The project goal is to minimize this impact on the microclimate and human and wildlife habitat.
Implementation: CLU has reduced the non-roof heat island effect by installing reflective paving, in addition to providing landscaping. Over 77% of the project area surrounding the building has an solar reflectance index (SRI) of 35 (minimum requirement is 29). CLU has a regular program of maintenance to pressure-wash the pavement in the academic core area on an annual basis, to maintain the reflectivity.
CLU has reduced the roof heat island effect by using reflective roofing materials manufactured by Firestone Building Products. The UltraPly TPO White used on some of the lower roof elements can be seen from some of the offices on the second floor. The roof also incorporates Custom Bilt Titan Standing Seam Metal Panels, which are also reflective roofing materials.