NYC °CoolRoofs, an initiative of NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings, encourages building owners to cool their rooftops with a white reflective coating that reduces energy consumption, cooling costs and carbon emissions. Utilizing the power of volunteers, NYC °CoolRoofs aims to coat 1 million square feet of rooftop each season. The program supports New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
A cool roof has a highly reflective surface, typically white, and releases heat quickly. Roofs are often coated with either a paint-like coating which is rolled or sprayed onto flat roofs, or covered with a white rooftop membrane. Both materials are durable and easily installed without disruption to daily operations.
Since NYC °CoolRoofs’ launch in 2010, we have coated 2.5 million square feet of rooftop across 288 buildings and have engaged nearly 3,000 volunteers. NYC °CoolRoofs promotes building owners to cool their own roofs.
NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings. (2011) NYC CoolRoofs (available from: www.nyc.gov/html/ coolroofs/html/home/home.shtml)
Publication Date: March 2012