Cool roofing is the fastest growing sector of the building industry
According to article from Dept of Energy July 2010, “Cool roofing is the fastest growing sector of the building industry, as building owners and facility managers realize the immediate and long-term benefits of roofs that stay cool in the sun. Studies exploring the energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of cool roofs show that in warm or hot climates, substituting a cool roof for a conventional roof can:
- Reduce by up to 35% the annual air-conditioning energy use of a single story building, with an average of approximately 20% lower consumption.
- Reduces America’s petroleum dependency, by not replacing tar based roofing.
- Reduce carbon emissions by lowering the need for fossil-fuel generated electricity to run air-conditioners.
- Increases power grid stability during peak consumption time, by decreasing power necessities.
- Reflect solar light and energy back into the atmosphere.
- Cool interior spaces in buildings that do not have air-conditioning, making sheltered work environment more manageable for labor force.