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White and light-colored PVC roofing membranes have protected and kept buildings cool in climates around the world for decades. A roof that delivers high solar reflectance and thermal emittance is known as a cool roof. A thermoplastic PVC roof can reflect three-quarters of the sun’s rays – usually far more – and emit 70 or more percent of the solar radiation absorbed by the building envelope. Asphalt built-up roofs (BUR), by comparison, reflect between 6 percent and 26 percent of solar radiation.
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Resource Center Contents
» Cool Roofing Myths Busted (Infographic)
» Cool Roofing Codes, Programs & Standards
» Green Building and Sustainability Standards
» Voluntary Green Building Programs
NEW Reducing Peak Energy Demand: A Hidden Benefit of Cool Roofs
Additional Reading on Cool Roofing
Are You Ready for the Newest Benefit in Cool Roofing?
Cools Roofs in Use in Northern Climates
Study Targets Cool Roofs: Assessing the Performance of Cool Roofs in Northern Climates
Still Cool After All These Years: White Reflective Roofing Stands Up to Scientific Scrutiny
Cool Roofs Toolkit from the Global Cool Cities Alliance
Sustainable Roofing: Presentation to the Cool Roof Rating Council by Target Corporation and Sika Sarnafil [1.49 MB]
Measured Energy Savings and Demand Reduction from a Reflective Roof Membrane on a Large Retail Store in Austin [2.63 MB]
Mitigating New York City’s Heat Island with Urban Forestry, Living Roofs and Light Surfaces [1.82 MB]
Vinyl Roofing as a Cool Roofing Solution [55 KB]
Radiative Forcing and Temperature Response to Changes in Urban Albedos and Associated CO