Fluid-Applied, "Cool" Roof and Wall Systems…
- Save on annual electricity bills by reducing summer air
conditioning costs. According to the US EPA, qualified roof products
reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce
energy bills by up to 50 percent.
- Reduce Carbon footprint: “...replacing
non-reflective, dark roofing materials with white ones ... (every 1000
square feet) would result in an equivalent CO2 offset of 10 metric tons
- Save peak electricity demand costs if you have
- Increase indoor comfort in summer by reflecting heat
from exterior surface.
- Reduce the heat island effect in cities and suburbs.
- Reduce air pollution and smog formation by reduction of
air conditioning usage.
- Reduce roof maintenance and replacement expenses by
extending roof life.
- Reduce roof replacement waste added to landfills by
using roof restoration systems. (Annually) roofing replacement
generates 8 to 10 million tons of waste. Historically, about 95% (or 22
million cubic yards) ... has ended up in landfills.
- Help builders and building managers meet energy
efficiency building standards such as Perl, LEED, etc.
For example: Insulating Coatings Corporation
develops and manufactures fluid-applied membrane systems for the sustainable
restoration of roofs, walls, and other industrial surfaces.
ICC has produced a 20 page
educational brochure, called: “White is Green… Making sense of cool
roofing” This can be found at: http://www.icc-astec.com/white-is-green.pdf
The Astec acrylic elastomeric
products and systems provide seamless waterproof and weather-tight barriers,
offering high reflectivity, emissivity, and dissipation of heat, while reducing
UV light degradation. Many of the systems test beyond typical standards for
durability, pliability, longevity, wind resistance, abrasion resistance, and
salt, chemical, and corrosives resistance, while reducing thermal shock damage
and the high cost of temperature control.
“We can extend the life of existing
roofing for a fraction of the cost of conventional roof replacement.” US Army
“After the application of the
coating, the average peak temperature decreased 17 degrees...” US Air Force
TURN OFF THE WORLD FOR A YEAR
A recent New York Times article
entitled: White Roofs Catch On as Energy Cost Cutters By Felicity Barringer
Published: July 29, 2009
“Energy Secretary Steven Chu,
a Nobel laureate in physics, has proselytized for cool roofs at home and
abroad...The scientist Mr. Chu calls his hero, Art Rosenfeld...argues that
turning all of the world’s roofs “light” over the next 20 years could save the
equivalent of 24 billion metric tons in carbon dioxide emissions. Mr. Rosenfeld
said. “So, in a sense, it’s like turning off the world for a year.””