11 Mar '12, 10pm

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News: White Roofs reduce urban heat island effect

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News: White Roofs reduce urban heat island effect

RELATED ARTICLES Transitioning to Cool Roofs July 21, 2010 12:34 PM Green Roofs Take Root in North America March 23, 2011 08:49 AM The Effect of Urban Heat Islands October 19, 2011 11:30 AM Toronto Buildings Going Green on Top, But Very Slowly July 27, 2006 12:00 AM /business/article/44113 Black roofs have been the norm for commercial buildings for decades since early roofs used a tar-coated paper material and tar based coatings to provide water proofing. Black roofs also add heat, which in the winter, is not a bad thing for the building. Black roofs also contribute to the urban heat island effect. This effect, caused not only by black roofs, creates warmer temperatures in urban areas as compared to the surrounding suburbs. ADVERTISEMENT A study by Stuart Gaffin of Columbia University in New York looked at the effect of roof color on temperatures. On the hottest day of the...

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