Recent News & Events

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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 Rosenfeld.

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

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 features Heat Island Group research and outreach efforts for cool pavements.

Los Angeles strengthens commitment to cool roofs

Monday, April 1, 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

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

Friday, March 15, 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's Armor Top asphalt-based coatings in two colors: Stealth Gray and California Tan. The

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

Friday, March 1, 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

Thursday, February 28, 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

Coolest Notions Pay Off

Saturday, February 9, 2013

When it comes to counteracting climate change, the headlines tend to focus on the seemingly sci-fi stuff. But there are down-to-earth versions of the same basic concept, approaches as simple as painting roofs white or using light-colored pavement. A

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

Sunday, February 3, 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. Participants learned about how cool

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

Thursday, January 31, 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