Cool Roof Resource Center Follow us
White and light-colored PVC roofing membranes have protected and kept buildings cool in climates around the world for decades. A roof that delivers high solar reflectance and thermal emittance is known as a cool roof. A vinyl roof can reflect three-quarters of the sun's rays – usually far more – and emit 70 or more percent of the solar radiation absorbed by the building envelope. Asphalt built-up roofs (BUR), by comparison, reflect between 6 percent and 26 percent of solar radiation.
For more information on why owners of large commercial, industrial and multi-family residential buildings are turning to white reflective vinyl roofing membranes, check out the links below and follow us on Twitter.
Resource Center Contents
- Cool Roofing Myths Busted (Infographic)
- Cool Roofing Codes, Programs & Standards
- Building Energy Codes
- Product Rating Programs
- NSF/ANSI 347
- Green Building and Sustainability Standards
- Voluntary Green Building Programs
- Green (Planted) Roofs
- Energy Saving Calculators
NEW Reducing Peak Energy Demand: A Hidden Benefit of Cool Roofs
Additional Reading on Cool Roofing
- Are You Ready for the Newest Benefit in Cool Roofing?
- Cool Roofs in Use in Northern Climates: A Case Study
- Cool Roofs in Use in Northern Climates
- Study Targets Cool Roofs: Assessing the Performance of Cool Roofs in Northern Climates
- Still Cool After All These Years: White Reflective Roofing Stands Up to Scientific Scrutiny
- Cool Roofs Toolkit from the Global Cool Cities Alliance
- Sustainable Roofing: Presentation to the Cool Roof Rating Council by Target Corporation and Sika Sarnafil [1.49 MB]
- Benefits of Cool Roofs on Commercial Buildings [1.65 MB]
- Do Cool Roofs Fit in Cool Climates?
- Measured Energy Savings and Demand Reduction from a Reflective Roof Membrane on a Large Retail Store in Austin [2.63 MB]
- Mitigating New York City's Heat Island with Urban Forestry, Living Roofs and Light Surfaces [1.82 MB]
- Vinyl Roofing as a Cool Roofing Solution [55 KB]
- Radiative Forcing and Temperature Response to Changes in Urban Albedos and Associated CO