New Study: Cool Roofs’ Effect on Urban Heat Island in Chicago

As shared by EurekAlert.org, a new study has reviewed the potential for cool roofs and green roofs to reduce urban heat island effect and improve air quality in the City of Chicago. Read below for highlights, or visit EurekAlert.org here. (more…)

Cool Roofs Fact Sheet from Los Angeles DWP

LADWP has released a fact sheet on cool roofs, sharing incentives offered in LADWP territory. Click here for the LADWP cool roofs fact sheet. For more information on Los Angeles’s cool roofs ordinance, click here or here.

Los Angeles Unanimously Passes Ordinance Requiring Cool Roofs

Read below or get more coverage from ThinkProgress here or LADWP News here. “On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a building code update that will require all new and refurbished homes to have cool roofs, which use sunlight-reflecting materials. Los Angeles is the first major city to require such a measure, which…

Urban Heat: Can White Roofs Help Cool World’s Warming Cities?

“It has long been known that installing white roofs helps reduce heat buildup in cities. But new research indicates that making surfaces more light-reflecting can have a significant impact on lowering extreme temperatures – not just in cities, but in rural areas as well.” Click here to read more from Yale Environment 360.

Urban Heat: Can white roofs help cool world’s warming cities?

“The systematic replacement of dark surfaces with white could lower heat wave maximum temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius or more. And with climate change and continued urbanization set to intensify “urban heat islands,” the case for such aggressive local geoengineering to maintain our cool grows. The meteorological phenomenon of the urban heat island has been…

A California startup that cools with ice raises $40 million

“Ice Energy, based in Costa Mesa, California, makes refrigerator-sized systems that freeze water at night when electricity prices are low and uses it to provide cooling during the day when rates are higher. They’re installed on the roofs of commercial buildings and connected to air conditioning systems. When switched on, they cut down on buildings’…

How Does a Roof Quality as Cool Roof?

Installation of a “cool roof” can be a great way to reflect sunlight rather than having a building absorb it, thereby reducing a building’s thermal load, saving energy, money, improving building comfort, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To provide guidance on what it takes for a roof to be considered a cool roof, the CEC has…

Cool Roof Design Brief Available

A cool roof design brief is available on PG&E’s website, produced by Energy Design Resources. Click here to access the brief and learn about what qualifies as a cool roof, and what the benefits are – including lower thermal burden, savings in building conditioning, and credits and incentives. For more on cool roofs, click here.

Energy Efficiency 101

New to local government energy efficiency, and looking for some information to get started? See information in the four main categories below – or, check out some of the new, highlighted resources. Highlighted Resources: Energy Efficiency 101 Presentations (SEEC Forum Workshop): Why Energy Efficiency? Motivating factors, data, and case studies Policies Driving Energy Efficiency: EE Policy…

Local Government Action on the EE Strategic Plan

Below are the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan’s 5 overarching goals for local governments. Scroll below to see examples of local government activities that support these goals, and additional resources and best practices. For more information see the new, in progress master list of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Progress by City and County. Goal #1: Going Beyond…

CURRENTS: Preparing for the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 Part 6) – New Resources, and Ways to Leverage the Standards for Local Goals

The adoption of the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings by the California Energy Commission created some exciting and unprecedented new opportunities for energy savings. As an example: single-family homes built following the 2016 standards will use 28% less energy compared to those built to the 2013 standards. Per California Energy…

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

US Green Building Council Celebrates California Local Governments, Bills, and Codes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC)’s “Top10” for 2012 celebrates 10 California communities and 10 California policies at the forefront of green building and development of an efficient built environment. Excerpts on the highlighted communities are copied below. Details on both highlighted communities and highlighted policies are available here. Most Inspiring: The Sacramento Region for…

City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan

The City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan, adopted February 2012, includes a municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory, and exploration of energy efficiency strategies such as: partnering with utilities on behavioral educational programs, supporting SMUD’s microgrid project, coordinating with SMUD on appliance and lighting rebate programs, custom and prescriptive incentive programs, and multi-family retrofits, retrofitting…
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