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Here are the 10 best ideas of 2017 that have made a profound impact, both large and small. Best Material: Graphenstone Paint has come a long way. What used to be a toxic concoction is now eco-friendly with low-VOC that won’t harm lungs. The U.K.’s Graphenstone raised the bar even further this year with...

Good morning. On sweltering summer days, dark asphalt soaks up the sun and acts like a secondary heater under our feet. That’s why Los Angeles is pushing a novel plan to cool down the city: Turn the streets a different color. The idea of “cool pavements” has been kicking around City Hall for...

By: Hal Eisner POSTED: MAY 22 2017 08:33PM PDT UPDATED: MAY 22 2017 11:06PM PDT It looks like a light color paint being spread across the street. It’s not paint, though. It is a material known as cool-pavement produced by a Dana Point company from recyclable materials. It was applied to a stretch of road in...

Pavements typically make up 30% to 45% of the land area in major cities and are known to contribute to the urban heat island (UHI) effect since they have high levels of thermal storage and a low reflection of solar radiation. Conventional paving materials can reach peak summertime temperatures of 120°–150°...

LOS ANGELES — It’s barely 10 a.m. on an August day in Hollywood, and the heat is already becoming oppressive. The temperature’s only in the mid-80s, but in the direct sun it feels hotter—and it’s getting worse by the minute. Part of the reason is the ground. The black asphalt of...

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