In Vancouver, a warmer climate with more frequent extreme events and rainfall will have implications as to how much we heat, cool and protect our homes.
Warmer winters may result in less heating needs for our homes. Warmer summers may increase how much cooling we need. Incorporating green surfaces, vegetation and trees can help keep homes and neighbourhoods cooler while helping infiltrate anticipated heavy rains.
We are continuing to work on guidelines for homeowners and developers to ensure homes are resilient to the changing climate.
Rising temperatures contribute to the “Urban Heat Island Effect” - where dense urban areas with more impervious surfaces like concrete and tall buildings are hotter than surrounding areas. These areas are hotter because materials like concrete soak up and retain heat unlike trees, soil and other permeable surfaces.
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