News

Friday, September 12, 2014

BY: MARC BALLON
Former Heat Island Group member, George Ban-Weiss, was recognized by "MIT Technology Review" as one of the world's "35 top innovators under the age of 35" for his research that is informing CA policy on climate change and urban air quality.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Heat Island Group, with support from the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board, developed a new web portal for local governments to learn more about the science and implementation of cool community strategies in California. The new portal features information on urban vegetation, cool roofs and cool pavements on CoolCalifornia.org. The website also includes information for individuals to learn more about what are and how to install cool roofs.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

After three years of collaborative investigation, Heat Island Group researchers co-authored a paper with Chinese researchers find positive results for white roofs in the four hot-summer cities. The authors conclude that cool roofs should be credited or required in building energy efficiency standards for all hot-summer climates in China.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By Benjamin Mandel
From his office in the Berkeley hills, Art Rosenfeld looks out on the heart of California’s Bay Area. While his vantage point has remained unchanged since 1955, the view outside his window has changed considerably--many buildings now boast noticeably brighter rooftops than they did even a few years ago, a direct result of Rosenfeld’s vision.

Monday, June 30, 2014

By Candace Pearson
Cool roofs—those with reflectance and emissivity that make them good at keeping out the sun’s heat—are recommended widely without much regard for climate or project specifics. They’ve been adopted into multiple energy codes, and the concept even has its own bill in the U.S. Senate. But it turns out that, beneath one of the least controversial green building recommendations, a debate is raging.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

U.S. EPA's Heat Island Reduction Program
The U.S. EPA is hosting a webinar for participants to learn learn how communities are taking a number of common-sense steps to reduce the effects of summertime heat islands. It will feature case studies from across the country, showcasing the actions that communities are taking now to reduce the heat island effect, including cool roof ordinances, tree-planting campaigns, and heat management planning.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

By Kirsten Mickelwait
HIG Graduate Student Research Assistant Pablo Rosado was part of a student team that took second place in this year's Big Ideas@Berkeley competition for their work to develop a cool roofing solution for slums in the developing world.

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.