Obtaining LEED Credit for Reflective Asphalt Pavements

This article describes six ways to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit for reflective asphalt pavements. The strategies fall into two categories: technologies that increase reflectivity, and technologies that increase air voids and evaporative cooling. The technologies include: surface gritting using light-colored aggregates; chip seals and sand seals with light-colored aggregates; sand/shot-blasting and abrading binder surface; colorless and reflective synthetic binders used with light-colored aggregate; surface painting using light-colored paints, microsurfaces, and grout; and, open-graded asphalt pavements. Photos of each technology are presented. In addition, the author describes the use of porous pavements to reduce surface temperatures. The article includes ASTER images of Phoenix, Arizona, illustrating surface temperatures at midnight.

  • Authors:
    • Marks, Howard
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 42-43, 45
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01157995
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 2010 6:25PM