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Heat Island Group scientists explain urban heat island effect and cool roofs

Monday, May 27, 2013

As a part of Berkeley Lab's ongoing Science Video Glossary, scientists from the Heat Island Group discuss the team's research.

Watch Project Scientist George Ban-Weiss explain the causes and effects of the urban heat island effect, as well as

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Heat Island Group's Art Rosenfeld highlighted in Reuters feature on white roofs

Monday, April 15, 2013

(Reuters) - Converting the world's roofs from dark colours to reflective white would cancel the warming effect of 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year for the lifetime of the roof, according to former California Energy Commissioner Arthur

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We’ve got white roofs, so how about pastel pavement?

Monday, April 1, 2013

OK, team, you know this concept. Cities are full of dark surfaces that absorb and capture energy from sunlight, creating islands of hot, hot heat. We all get sweaty, we turn up the A/C, that makes the city hotter, everyone suffers. This is why it's a

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Los Angeles strengthens commitment to cool roofs

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa has directed the Department of Building and Safety to incorporate cool roof requirements in its building code. Mayor Villaraigosa is also asking the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to create incentives

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Two new coatings added to Berkeley Lab's Cool Pavement Showcase

Thursday, March 14, 2013

On Saturday, March 16, the Heat Island Group added two new cool pavement coatings to the Bevatron Lot at Berkeley Lab. The new additions feature Western Colloid Armor Top asphalt-based coatings in two colors - Stealth Gray (near in image at right) and 

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Heat Island Group's Haley Gilbert speaks to Australia's "Beyond Zero" radio show

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Australian radio program "Beyond Zero" discusses building design and the urban heat island effect with the Heat Island Group's Haley Gilbert.

New infographic from UC Research illustrates urban heat island effect

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The University of California Office of Research has released an infographic to highlight the phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. In three illustrated panels, the graphic shows what characterizes and causes urban heat islands, drawing from

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Coolest Notions Pay Off

Friday, February 8, 2013

When it comes to high-tech possibilities for counteracting climate change, the headlines tend to focus on the seemingly sci-fi stuff: brightening clouds, pumping particles into the stratosphere and launching giant mirrors into space.

But there

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China National Building Waterproofing Association visits Berkeley Lab for cool roof workshop

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Last week, 30 members of the China National Building Waterproof Association, which represents Chinese roofing manufacturers, and Chinese government officials came to Berkeley Lab for a daylong workshop on cool roofs. Their visit took place as part of

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HIG Scientist Art Rosenfeld awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

On February 1, 2013, President Obama presented the 2011 National Medals of Technology and Innovation. Among the recipients was Arthur Rosenfeld, Distinguished Scientist Emeritus in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab, who was

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