The Integration of Artificial Soiling and Weathering in a Commercial Weatherometer Project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), seeks to advance the process for accelerated aging of roofing products from the research and IP protection phases of commercialization through product integration, testing, and validation. Working together, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Q-Lab Corporation, a global provider of material durability testing products, will develop commercial devices for rapid prototyping and rating of cool roofs.
This Integration project derives from the success of our Advanced Surfaces Project, which uses a weatherometer and newly developed soiling method to rapidly age roofing products. Our goal is to integrate the soiling method into existing weatherometer technology in order to provide the cool roofing industry with a new accelerated aging technology that offers many benefits. These include faster prototyping of high-performance cool roofing materials, advancing innovation in the cool roof market, bringing new energy-efficient products to market nearly three years faster, adapting easily to changing building energy code requirements, and boosting annual sales of cool roofs.
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