Posted by Webmaster on 31. August 2010 16:04
The Department of Energy (DOE) is truly leading by example. Just recently, Secretary Steven Chu announced a series of initiatives underway at DOE to more broadly implement cool roof technologies on DOE facilities and buildings across the federal government.
In a letter issued to the heads of other federal agencies, Chu and DOE are encouraging them to take similar steps at their facilities. In support, DOE has even released its Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs, which provides technical assistance on types of roofing materials and how to select the roof that will work best on a specific facility.
So what exactly are cool roofs? Cool Roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun's heat, helping improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs. They can also reduce the urban heat island effect and mitigate global warming. So cool roofs not only reduce energy use and offset carbon pollution, but save taxpayer dollars as well.
DOE is also expanding its research activity for cool roofs to enable technological innovation and guide policy implementation. The research effort includes developing advanced testing protocols, conducting urban heat island analyses, and undertaking studies to further quantify the direct global cooling benefits associated with cool surfaces. The Department also anticipates awarding new projects to develop higher performing, new innovative roofing materials under the Department's Small Business Innovation Research grant program.
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