28 Mar '15, 5pm

Why White, Solar-Reflecting Paint is Greener Than a Rooftop Garden

Why White, Solar-Reflecting Paint is Greener Than a Rooftop Garden

Rooftop gardens--sometimes called green roofs--are a trendy topping for buildings, with close to 1,000 installed each year in the United States and Canada. Their benefits are manifold: They absorb and filter rainwater, provide habitat for birds and bugs, and offer verdant sanctuaries to stressed-out urbanites. Most important, they keep buildings--and cities--cool, reducing the need for energy-sucking air conditioners. While the dark tar or rock ballast of conventional roofs absorbs sunlight, heating up the buildings below, green roofs diffuse it through evapotranspiration. A study in New York City found that green roofs were 60 degrees cooler than their tarry neighbors. on the other A roof treated with white, solar-reflecting paint benefits the climate three times more than a green roof, scientists at California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found. Rather th...

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greenroofs.com 28 Mar '15, 6pm

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inhabitat.com 27 Mar '15, 11pm

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