Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

Katharine Burgess, Elizabeth Foster
Created: 8/22/2019 -

Abstract

A 2019 report produced by the Urban Land Institute's Urban Resilience Program. Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate outlines how extreme heat will affect the real estate and land use sectors and highlights the leadership and the potential positive impact of the real estate sector in implementing “heat-resilient” building designs and land uses. The report provides an overview of extreme heat’s connections to the built environment and an in-depth discussion of heat mitigation and adaptation strategies related to building design, building materials, green infrastructure, and public space design. These strategies can “future-proof” real estate in vulnerable markets; lower operations and management costs; improve tenant and occupant experience; and otherwise differentiate a real estate project.

Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Assessment
Awareness
Scale
Community / Local
National / Federal
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Land Use Planning
Landscape Architecture
Policy
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Other
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Create/enhance resources and tools
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Temperature
Infrastructure damage
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Region
North America
Canada
Mexico
United States