THE ePAVE
EFFECT

COOLER, CLEANER, HEALTHIER

ePAVE IS A COOL PAVEMENT

The term cool pavements refers to innovative materials such as ePAVE that store less heat and have lower surface temperatures than traditional paving products.

Conventional paved surfaces like those in the United States can reach seasonal temperatures of 120°F to 151°F – storing heat below the surface that is released at night as well as warming storm runoff water throughout the day.

These pavements have significantly contributed to urban heat islands and degraded water quality in urban environments across the nation.

A cool pavement such as ePAVE mitigates the creation and effect of urban heat islands and in the process, contributes to healthier air, better water quality, lower energy consumption and greater community health.

ePAVE MITIGATES URBAN HEAT ISLANDS

Studies have shown that in most U.S. cities, paved areas represent the largest percentage of a community’s land cover compared with rooftop and landscaped surfaces. These traditional pavements contribute to the urban heat island effect throughout a region – pronounced in urban cores but also significantly present in suburban communities.

URBAN HEAT ISLANDS INCREASE:
  • seasonal peak energy demand
  • air-conditioning costs
  • air pollution
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • heat related illnesses

ePAVE HAS HIGHER SOLAR REFLECTANCE

Solar reflectance, also termed albedo, is the percentage of solar energy reflected by a surface. Conventional paving materials such as asphalt and concrete have low solar reflectance of 5 to 40 percent, which means they absorb 95 to 60 percent of the energy reaching them instead of reflecting it into the atmosphere.

Emerging technologies like ePAVE have significantly higher albedo and lower absorption which results in greater positive environmental impact in support of sustainable environments.

ePAVE BENEFITS OUR AIR & WATER

IMPROVES COMFORT & HEALTH
Cools city air which in turn reduces smog and heat-related illnesses
SMALLER CARBON FOOTPRINT
Reduces emission of CO2 and green house gases
REDUCES SMOG
Mitigates pollution through cooling pavements and reflecting heat
NON-TOXIC
Non-toxic - allows uncontaminated water to drain from surfaces into landscape vegetation.
IMPROVES WATER QUALITY
Lowers surface temperature, creating cooler storm water and less damage to local watersheds
ENERGY SAVINGS
Cooler air temperatures result in reduced air-conditioning demand lowering both pollution and energy costs.
SLOWS CLIMATE CHANGE
Offset warming from greenhouse gases