Recent News & Events

IEA's Technology Roadmap for Energy Efficient Building Envelopes features cool roofing

Monday, December 16, 2013


The building envelope – also known as the building shell, fabric or enclosure – is the boundary between the conditioned interior of a building and the outdoors. The energy performance of building envelope components, including external


Heat Island Group scientist Ronnen Levinson quoted in Ensia article on cool roofs

Saturday, December 14, 2013

See below for a link to "Cool Roofs Rising" from Ensia, an online magazine from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.

Submit your abstract for the 3rd International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (IC2UHI) in Venice, Italy - deadline: January 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 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


Global Cool Cities Alliance's Shickman discusses cool roofs in Baltimore on NPR's "Midday" show

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

According to the latest Abell Foundation report, cool roofs are becoming the hot new trend in sustainable architecture nationwide. These roofs are designed to reflect the sun’s rays and limit heat absorption. And environmentalists are looking at the


Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands

Sunday, September 29, 2013

PORTLAND – On hot summer days, 74-year-old HelenRuth Stephens doesn't dare leave her apartment. Not to get the mail or take out the trash.

"You don't do it because you'll be breathless by the time you get back," she says.

She suffers from


Heat Island Group's Ben Mandel talks cool pavements on Australia's "Beyond Zero" radio show

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Heat Island Group's Ben Mandel spoke with Australian radio show Beyond Zero, hosted by Matt Grantham and co-hosted by Chris Jensen (University of Melbourne), about the benefits of cool pavements and LBNL's work to promote cool schoolyards.

Valley air officials aim to cool down decades-old smog problem

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In sweltering September 2011, Fresno could have used more trees. Temperatures climbed, winds died and lung-searing ozone spiked the season's highest readings on three days.

Worse yet, all three peaks broke the one-hour federal ozone standard


Durability + Design webinar on cool pavements features Heat Island Group researchers

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It is now common to hear about record high temperatures across U.S. cities. Cities are especially susceptible to extreme heat owing to a phenomenon known as the "urban heat island effect." As this effect attracts increased attention and research, new


Green Parking Council webinar explores cool pavements for more sustainable parking lots

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Green Parking Council held a webinar on cool pavements as a sustainability measure for parking lots. The webinar featured a presentation on cool pavements by Heat Island Group researchers Haley Gilbert and Ben Mandel. View the recorded webinar


The Weather Channel interviews Heat Island Group researchers on cool pavements as a heat island mitigation strategy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

On Friday, June 21, Heat Island Group researchers George Ban-Weiss and Ben Mandel appeared on the Weather Channel to discuss Berkeley Lab's efforts to demonstrate the heat island mitigation and air quality benefits of cool pavements.