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…

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…

Interactive Map Reveals Rooftop Reflectance for Five California Cities

The below is shared from Berkeley Lab in a September 2014 news release. Learn more here. How cool is your roof? If you live in the California cities of Bakersfield, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Jose, you may be able to find out. (more…)

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…

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…

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.
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