Recent News & Events

Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Berkeley Lab finds that the choice of pavement material can significantly impact carbon emissions, creates decision tool for cities to use

Road construction with fresh asphalt (Credit: wabeno/iStock)

R&D Awards for Energy Technologies Area

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Two projects within the Energy Technologies Area won honors at the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, an international science and technology competition.

Berkeley Lab research associate Sharon Chen sprays roofing material with soiling mixture in a lab method that simulates the aging of roofing materials. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

Fluorescent Ruby Red Roofs Stay as Cool as White

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Elementary school science teaches us that in the sun, dark colors get hot while white stays cool.

Your Air Conditioning is Making the Heat Wave Worse

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

While air conditioning temporarily cools, it’s making our world hotter. According to Berkeley Lab researchers, a crash program to maintain or establish three shade trees per building and make all roofs and pavement in U.S.

Residential air conditioning units

Join the cool roofing industry at the 2016 International Roof Coatings Conference

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Berkeley Lab is co-sponsoring the RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference. Join the cool roofing industry at the 2016 conference in Philadelphia this year. 

Registration is open for the 4th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Registration is now open for the Fourth International Conference on Countermeasure to Urban Heat Island (4th  IC2UHI) 2016 

Singapore on 30-31 May and 1 June 2016.

Cool Roofs in China Offer Enhanced Benefits During Heat Waves

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
New Berkeley Lab study uses regional climate model to compare heat waves to normal summer conditions.


New “Cool Roof Time Machine” Will Accelerate Cool Roof Deployment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Standards body approves Berkeley Lab’s method to mimic natural soiling of roofing materials.

Sharon Chen sprays roofing material with soiling mixture.

HIG scientist, Ronnen Levinson, featured in new video describing cool roofs as one of the Lab's 8 Big Ideas

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Berkeley Lab scientists, including the Heat Island Group's Dr. Ronnen Levinson, each presented one of the Lab's 8 Big Ideas in front of a packed house in Oakland, CA on 8 October, 2014.

USA TODAY cites California's cool pavements bill (AB296) as leading example of nation's best climate preparedness

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

California has completed the highest number of goals to prepare for climate change, followed by Massachusetts and New York, according to a first-of-its-kind 50-state tracking tool unveiled Thursday.