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Cool Roof Coating Systems are Environmentally-Friendly

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, Jul 08, 2021 @ 06:00 AM

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Cool Roofing Systems can cause significant reductions in ground layer ozone or smog, a leading cause of respiratory illness. Smog forms from complex chemical reactions between emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). These reactions are accelerated by sunlight and temperature so that peak ozone levels occur during warmer times of the year. Past model simulations from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) - a Department of Energy (DOE) Office, show that for the Los Angeles basin, Cool Roof Systems installed on 15% of buildings, along with planting shade trees, could reduce summer peak temperatures by about 6°F, translating into smog reductions of 10%. This equates to permanently removing 3 to 5 million cars from Los Angeles freeways!

Other studies show that some 11 million tons of roofing waste end up in U.S. landfills each year, such that approximately 7-10% of rapidly diminishing landfill space has been taken up by roofing waste over the last 40 years. Because Cool Roof Coating Systems often can be applied directly over traditional roofs, sustaining existing roofs with a Cool Roof System will directly reduce toxic landfill waste while avoiding high tear-off and disposal costs.

Generating Less Waste Offers the Greatest Environmental Benefit of All
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