Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A New Roof for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source Dome!

Posted by Webmaster on 20. October 2011 15:43

The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) houses the Advanced Light Source (ALS), a particle accelerator that generates X-rays for research, and a dome that needed a new cover! Owens Corning™ Roofing Solutions recently gave the ALS a new cool roof, using their Duration® Premium COOL Roof Shingles. Cool roofs work by reflecting back the sun's rays, keeping the ... [More]

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Cool Roof Research Workshop: A Success!

Posted by Webmaster on 23. August 2011 18:07

Earlier this year, the Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog updated you on the Workshop titled "Advances in Cool Roof Research: Protocols, Standards & Policies for Accelerated Aging" that took place in Berkeley, California this past July 28-29. Good news! The event was a success, thanks to the efforts of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Oak R... [More]

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New Global Cool Cities Alliance

Posted by Webmaster on 1. June 2011 17:18

An exciting new initiative, Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA), has been launched to advance policies and programs that increase the solar reflectance of our buildings and pavements to promote cool buildings and cool cities, and, most importantly, to mitigate the effects of climate change through global cooling.  This new initiative will be led by Kurt Shickman, the current Director of Resear... [More]

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New workshop announcement: APEC Building Materials and Component Testing and Rating Centre

Posted by Webmaster on 10. May 2011 15:16

The Building Envelope Research and Development Materials Testing and Rating Centre aims to provide accurate, consistent performance data to promote trade in energy-efficient building envelope materials, such as insulation, cool roofs and advanced windows. This workshop on June 3 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Thailand brings together public, private and academic sect... [More]

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Dow, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to Develop Next-Generation Cool Roofs

Posted by Webmaster on 15. April 2011 16:30

The US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lawerence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) are collaborating with Dow to accelerate the adoption of cool roof technologies in the U.S.  This research will introduce new solar reflective technologies that would increase energy savings by over 50% for new and existing commercial buildings. This new and innovative research w... [More]

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New Cool Roof Workshop Announcement!

Posted by Webmaster on 25. March 2011 16:02

On July 28-29, 2011, the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Concordia University and US Department of Energy will be sponsoring a Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research: Protocols, Standards & Policies for Accelerated Aging in Berkeley, California. Topics will include: accelerated soiling and weathering methods for roofing materials;... [More]

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Notes from DOE Roadmap Presentation at Buildings XI Available

Posted by Webmaster on 17. February 2011 17:19

In December 2010, DOE's building envelope team presented the Department of Energy's envelope roadmap at the Buildings XI conference in Clearwater Beach, FL.  DOE then asked stakeholders for their input to guide our finalization of the roadmap.  Notes from that meeting are now available for review.  These notes include important points discussed at the meeting, the results of the par... [More]

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Cool Roofs 101: Now on YouTube!

Posted by Webmaster on 25. January 2011 17:25

Looking for a fun and easy way to learn more about Cool Roofs? Look no further than your local DOE YouTube channel where the latest edition of Energy 101 tells us all about how switching to a cool roof can save money and benefit the environment. Watch the 2-minute segment now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urbpBy_Z5lE.

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DOE Shares Comprehensive Resource for Radiant Barriers

Posted by Webmaster on 7. January 2011 18:09

As part of the next generation of attic and roofing systems, DOE is happy to share an online fact sheet for Radiant Barriers, a tactic to keep heat from the sun away from your living space. The fact sheet can be found at http://www.ornl.gov/sci/ees/etsd/btric/RadiantBarrier/index.shtml. In addition, the site also includes a simple calculator to measure savings for a given house size and climate zo... [More]

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Acting Under Secretary for Energy Cathy Zoi posts blog about Cool Roofs

Posted by Webmaster on 16. December 2010 10:26

Just this past Tuesday on December 14th, 2010, you may have noticed DOE's Cathy Zoi (the Acting Under Secretary for Energy and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) in your latest edition of the Huffington Post. Zoi posted a blog on the site all about Cool Roofs - how they work, their advantages and information on just how easy it is to upgrade. Please... [More]

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Draft Roof and Attic Design Guide now Available for Review

Posted by Webmaster on 1. December 2010 16:55

NOW ACCEPTING COMMENTS: A draft of our New Roof and Attic Design Guide for Hot Climates is now available for review.  These guidelines give homeowners and builders the tools to make informed decisions on the most economical and best practices for renovating a home’s roof and attic.  The guide includes information on new designs and conventional strategies for saving money by improv... [More]

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