Buildings absorb an immense amount of heat from the sun. Roofs that are painted white, or another highly reflective color, can distribute the sunlight and the heat it generates away from a building.
Reflective roofs can lower the amount of energy needed to keep a building cool. This lowers a building’s energy consumption as well as associated energy costs.
- Read more about the benefits of highly reflective roofs.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Boston Properties, Inc.
- CB Richard Ellis
- Federal Reserve
- John Hancock
- New England Aquarium
- TD Garden
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
A Small Sample of Some Reflective Roof Providers in Boston
- National Coatings Corporation (NCC)
- Cool Roofs and Emissivity
- EPA Heat Island Effect: Cool Roofs
- Energy.gov: Cool Roofs Video
- ACEEE: Cool Policies for Cool Cities: Best Practices for Mitigating Urban Heat islands in North Amercian Cities
- Department of Energy: Guide to Cool Roofs
- ENERGY STAR Labeled Roof Products Case Study
In The News
- “Cool Roofs Mitigate Urban Heat Islands and Climate Change” Sourceable, June 2014
- “Chicago’s Battle of the Roofs: Green vs. White” Governing.com, December 2012
- “White Roofs Catch On as Energy Cost Cutters” The New York Times, July 2009
- “White Rooftops May Help Slow Warming” The Washington Post, June 2009