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Energy Star Roofing

Project Description

Monitored building experiments in California and Florida, and computer simulations have shown that solar-reflective, or "cool" roofing can reduce annual cooling energy use by 10-60%. Given the potential energy and pollution savings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has considered cool roofs as a candidate for voluntary labeling through their Energy Star program.

Energy Star programs are designed for maximum benefit to interested parties: manufacturers benefit from increased sales of their product, consumers save money and EPA and consumers prevent pollution. Thus, program design requires collection of market data, such as annual sales of various roofing materials, regional distributions of sales, sales trends, market barriers, and estimates of potential energy bill savings from cool roofs.

Project Staff

Sarah Bretz

Jonathan Koomey

Rich Brown

Key Data

Measured savings: cooling energy only

Simulation results: new single-story home with gas furnace

Simulation results: single story new single-story home with heat pump

Low and High Solar-Reflectance Options for Typical Roofing Materials


Other Resources

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 Last Updated On: 8/19/04