at 14H00 | 518 A

Urban Resilience: “Acclimatizing” City Planning

Moderated by: Ian Dessureault, Ville de Laval
Adapting to climate change

- Developing a Neighbourhood’s Resilience with 4th Generation Heat Sharing Networks

Introducing Re4 Montreal, a research project looking at 4th generation heat sharing networks in an integrated approach towards sustainable neighbourhoods. The research was inspired by the work of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona for the transformation of cities based on density, complexity, efficiency and stability of the urban fabric. Enhanced resilience combined with the integration of diverse energy and energy storage technologies and the mitigation of heat islands are examples of useful synergies that can be used to create resilient neighbourhoods. The research group uses an ecosystemic and multidisciplinary approach. Along with social and technical concerns, the researchers also look at ethical questions such as, is it acceptable to release heat from cooling systems in the atmosphere while a strong demand in heat energy is required at the same moment? Three professors from three different universities and three different disciplines are collaborating on this project.

- Eco-Responsible Parking Certification : Eco-Responsible Management and Planning for Parking Lots

The Eco-Responsible Parking Certification is a project to recognize sustainable management and planning practices of parking lots. Since February 2017, it has guided the actions of owners, planners and contractors with the application of specific criteria for re-vegetation, water, mobility and sustainable management. In their current design, the adverse effects of parking areas are well known: heat islands, high GHG emissions, lack of alternatives to self-driving, declining biodiversity, etc. Nevertheless, some parking lots owners and managers are now ready to take concrete action to provide an attractive environment for their employees and their customers. The purpose of the talk is to share the Certification, the support process, the management and planning solutions, the criteria, the benefits of the measures, and the visibility offered by the Certification to professionals attending the convention.

- Resilient Pavement Materials for Municipal Infrastructure in Quebec

Infrastructure construction inevitably disturbs the environment. In permafrost regions, this disturbance is emphasized by climate change. The heat absorbed by a dark coating contributes to heating the soil, which leads to permafrost degradation. To avoid this problem, high albedo surfaces treatments can be used to limit heat intake by solar radiation. The results of this research can be used in a municipal context to reduce urban heat island effect, since the objective is the same: limit the amount of heat absorbed by road surfaces. Another research project, focusing on municipal infrastructure, is using foam glass aggregates as a lightweight and insulating granular material. This new alternative material, made from recycled glass of various origins, is also answering the need for municipality to find a use for these residual materials.