“Pavements in cities impact Urban Heat Islands (UHI) by altering heat absorption and release, affecting local microclimates. Variations in pavement attributes, such as color, material, and roughness, greatly influence urban microclimate intensity. This amplifies energy demand for nearby buildings, particularly during summer when air conditioning usage rises. My research investigates the link between pavement attributes and building energy demand in Toronto, aiming to enhance knowledge on optimal paving design to reduce the city’s energy consumption.”
Analyzing the factors that influence travel behaviour to and from campus to provide understanding into how transportation infrastructure is meeting the needs of the community, and where inequities exist.