Greening the Blacktop: Using Asphalt's Environmental Qualities to Compete

This article explains the concept of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a green building rating system, and how asphalt pavements can meet LEED standards. As more municipalities and federal facilities require that certain projects meet green building requirements, asphalt’s role is an important one, especially in the overall LEED rating of a development. Its greatest contribution is stormwater management through the use of porous asphalt. In addition, several techniques for mitigating urban heat island effect can be affected by asphalt usage. The author describes how porous pavements can generate LEED credits, as well as how the urban heat island can be mitigated by providing lighter-colored asphalt surfaces. A number of ways to make asphalt surfaces lighter are suggested. The ability to recycle hot mix asphalt also provides LEED credits. The author concludes that asphalt pavements can potentially provide more LEED credits than other types of pavement.

  • Authors:
    • Prowell, Brian
  • Publication Date: 2008-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 12-14, 18-9, 21
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01100594
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 2 2008 1:38PM