The Department of Energy (DOE) will fund key lab research as
part of a cooperative research and development agreement between
The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., and DOE's
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tenn., to
increase adoption of cool roof technologies in the U.S. ORNL will
partner with DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL),
Berkeley, Calif., to conduct the research, which will focus on
developing new solar reflective technologies that would increase by
more than 50 percent the energy savings cool roofs offer for new
and existing commercial buildings.
The Dow Chemical Co., ORNL and LBNL will focus on technologies
to improve white elastomeric roof coatings' long-term resistance to
dirt pickup and microbial growth. DOE estimates replacing or
resurfacing conventional roofing materials with such improved
reflective elastomeric roof coatings can reduce a commercial
building's annual air-conditioning energy use up to 25
percent—an improvement from up to 15 percent reduced energy
use provided by existing elastomeric roof coatings—and
decrease annual carbon dioxide emissions by 5 metric tons for every
10,000 square feet of...
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