Dr. Ronnen Levinson is a Staff Scientist and Leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. Within his research portfolio he develops cool roof, wall, and pavement materials; improves methods for the measurement of solar reflectance; and quantifies the energy and environmental benefits of cool surfaces. He serves on the boards and technical committees of the Cool Roof Rating Council and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and advises policymakers, code officials, utilities, and building rating programs about cool surfaces. He holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 80 publications, and serves on the editorial board of Energy & Buildings. He received the 2016 Marty Hastings Award for outstanding contribitions to the Cool Roof Rating Council, and a 2016 R&D 100 Award for invention of the Cool Roof Time Machine.
"Thermal performance and energy savings of white and sedum-tray garden roof: A case study in a Chongqing office building." Energy and Buildings 156 (2017) 343 - 359. .
Next-Generation Factory-Produced Cool Asphalt Shingles: Phase 1 Final Report. 2016. LBNL-2001007. .
"Fluorescent Cooling of Objects Exposted to Sunlight - The Ruby Example." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 157 (2016) 312-317. LBNL-1006729. .
"Keeping California cool: Recent cool community developments." Energy and Buildings (2015). .
"A Simple Tool for Estimating City-Wide Annual Electrical Energy Savings from Cooler Surfaces." Urban Climate 14.2 (2015) 315 - 325. LBNL-184804. .
"Cool Roofs in Guangzhou, China: Outdoor Air Temperature Reductions during Heat Waves and Typical Summer Conditions." Environmental Science & Technology 49.24 (2015) 14672 - 14679. .
"Soiling of building envelope surfaces and its effect on solar reflectance – Part III: Interlaboratory study of an accelerated aging method for roofing materials." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 143 (2015) 581-590. .