MAY 6, 2015

Cool Roofs in the Urban Desert

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7 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7
Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center | 1700 N. Granite Reef Road
(northwest corner of McDowell & Granite Reef, behind convenience store)

SCOTTSDALE – Are you considering a new roof in the not too distant future? What are your options for durability, environmental performance and curb appeal? Did you know 43 percent of all electricity consumed in Phoenix metro area homes is used for air conditioning? Black surfaces in the sun can become up to 90 degrees hotter than the most reflective white surfaces. Cool roofs reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort.

Cool roofs are on the rise! More people are learning how cool roofing can help their building or home increase in comfort and energy-efficiency. Cool products are now available in all types of materials – from field-applied coatings and factory-coated metals to cap sheets and single-ply to shingles and tiles. There are even “cool” dark-colored products.

Hear from George Daisey, research scientist for The Dow Chemical Company, as he begins with a “Cool Roofs 101” overview. He will discuss low-slope roofs and the various types of flat roofs and cool roof options. You’ll hear about cool roof membranes and coatings and why they are not just “paint on a roof.” George will also provide an overview of global initiatives, stakeholder organizations and resources where you can learn more about these evolving technologies to help reduce summer cooling costs and mitigate the urban heat island effect.

Tyler Allwood from Eagle Roofing Products will zero in on steep-slope roofs and discuss the inherent energy efficiency of various steep-slope roof products, with specific attention to concrete and clay roof tile. Tyler will present recent improvements in roof product design and installation systems that can improve efficiency.

This lecture is one in a series on green building topics. Here’s the remaining schedule:
June 4 – Innovative Green Built Projects

Admission: The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.