Recent News & Events

Cool roofs offer a salve for hot cities — and the climate, too

Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Are cool roofs green? The answer's not black and white

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

EPA's webinar: Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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

Heat Island Group researcher Rosado takes 2nd place in Big Ideas@Berkeley competition

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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.

Early bird registration now open for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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

Heat Island Group's Mandel responds to EPDM Roofing Association's critical analysis of research

Monday, April 7, 2014

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.

New Heat Island Group research compares economics of white, green, and black flat roofs in the United States

Monday, January 20, 2014

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.

The Heat Island Group begins the year with two new publications

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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

Cooling Los Angeles, from the roof down (A|N blog)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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