Exterior building shading
Exterior shading block solar exposure and can lower building temperatures and reduce the need for air conditioning. Examples include awnings or window attachments.
Update building code to require exterior shading and adjust street projection requirements to increase the amount of sidewalk a shading structure may cover.
Considerations for Use
Shadings can be permanent or mobile depending on the climate and constraints.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
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.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
Target Beneficiaries:Property owners, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Number of buildings with shading structures
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Property owners and managers
Funding Sources:Private investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Improve the public realm, Save on utilities