News

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has opened early bird registration for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Today's Facility Manager
In light of recent criticism of a study authored by several Heat Island Group researchers by the EPDM Roofing Association, the Heat Island Group's Benjamin Mandel (a coauthor of the study) has submitted a response to Today's Facility Manager.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

By Julie Chao
A new report provides a direct economic comparison of white, green, and black roofs in the United States. The study will appear in the March 2014 volume of Energy and Buildings and has just been published online.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Two new papers showcase recent Heat Island Group research efforts to improve the measurement and prediction of roofing albedo.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

By Anna Bergren Miller
What’s the coolest place in Los Angeles? It may be right over your head. Starting in 2014, thanks to an update of the Municipal Building Code, all new or refurbished buildings will be equipped with “cool roofs.” Compared to traditional roofs, cool roofs can be as much as 50 degrees cooler on the roof surface, and can lower interior building temperatures by several degrees. Los Angeles is the first major American city to pass a cool-roof ordinance.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

International Energy Agency
Overall, buildings are responsible for more than one-third of global energy consumption. While whole-building approaches are ideal, every day building envelope components are upgraded or replaced using technologies that are less efficient than the best options available. These advanced options, which are the primary focus of this roadmap, are needed not only to support whole-building approaches but also to improve the energy efficiency of individual components.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Millions of dollars and massive amounts of fossil fuels are spent cooling homes and buildings covered by conventional roofs that absorb sunlight, get as hot as 185 degrees and radiate that heat inside. Add to that the fact that sunlight-absorbing roofs contribute to the urban heat island effect, which increases air pollution, and it’s easy to see the need for something new. Luckily, there is promise for reducing this burden to the environment and economy — in cool roofs.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

In October 2014, the Heat Island Group will be hosting the 3rd International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (IC2UHI). The conference will be held in Venice, Italy from October 13-15, 2014 with the support of our colleagues at Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

According to the latest Abell Foundation report, cool roofs are becoming the hot new trend in sustainable architecture nationwide. Baltimore NPR affiliate, WYPR, looks at this trend as it’s occurring in Baltimore, and in other parts of the country with guests: Abell Report author and freelance journalist Joan Jacobson; Kurt Shickman, executive director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance; and John Mello, projects director for the Baltimore Center for Green Careers.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cassandra Profita - Oregon Public Broadcasting
In Portland, studies show some parts of the city can get up to 9 degrees hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat alone poses health risks from dehydration – to the elderly, the homeless, poor people and people with heart disease and diabetes. But it also creates another problem: It cooks air pollution into ground-level ozone, or smog. The hottest places in the city are also more polluted. Add climate change to the mix, and the health risks of heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks are even higher.