Green and blue infrastructure immediately adjacent and parallel to prevailing winds cools corridors. Incorporating additional urban design principles in zoning can be used to optimize natural wind flow for cooling and prevent heat from radiating off of other buildings.
Update design guidelines to encourage creation of cool corridors.
Considerations for Use
This is most applicable to new developments and is harder to implement in existing, highly dense areas. Natural landscape features like hills, valleys, or bodies of water can also function as ventilation corridors.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:CommitmentGovernments set ambitious goals or targets to guide prioritization and investment.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.Evaluating or initiating major city infrastructure projectsIncludes projects such as city transit, street or utilities construction / re-construction etc.Introducing new or updated zoning/codesIncludes codes, zoning requirements or by-laws pertaining to urban planning and building construction activity.
Intervention Types:Buildings and Built Form
Sectors:Buildings, Informal Settlements
Target Beneficiaries:Property owners, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Decrease in surface temperature, Energy savings
Intervention Scale:City, District, Neighborhood, Region, Site
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Medium-term (3-9 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Private developers, State/provincial government
Funding Sources:Private investment, Public investment
Capacity to Act:High
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Improve stormwater management, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Improve the public realm, Save on utilities