Urban Heat Island

urbanHeat-invernessWhen urban areas become denser, the city begins to create and store more heat during the day.  A portion of this is from surface concrete and asphalt being exposed to the sun and storing the solar radiation during the day.  By reducing the exposed paved areas on a site, much of this can be avoided.

In the Inverness Condominiums, the amount of concrete and heat-storing material has been reduced to 55% of the site (including the building foot print).  The parking requirements alone for the site would have used all of the green space for the site.  Through extensive structural changes to the existing building, all of the required parking was moved to the basement, thereby allowing enough space for the materials that make up the site to disperse the solar heat they store throughout the day.