Evolution of Cool Roof Standards in the United States

Since 1999, several widely used building energy efficiency standards, including ASHRAE 90.1, ASHRAE 90.2, the International Energy Conservation Code, and California’s Title 24 have adopted cool roof credits or requirements.

We review the technical development of cool roof provisions in the ASHRAE 90.1, ASHRAE 90.2, and California Title 24 standards, and discuss the treatment of cool roofs in other standards and energy-efficiency programs. The techniques used to develop the ASHRAE and Title 24 cool roof provisions can be used as models to address cool roofs in building energy standards worldwide.

Suggested citation or credit:

Akbari H, Levinson R. Status of cool roof standards in the United States. 2008

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)

Publication Date: June 2008

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