A high-performance roof system is durable, resilient, and allows a building to be occupied after a disaster event and continues performing during a loss of power. Designing beyond code minimums could help a roof stay intact with minimal damage during a storm.
As greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to trap heat and make homes and businesses more difficult to cool, cities are struggling to keep up with the demand on local energy grids. Higher cooling demands are also making it more costly to own a home, run a business, or staff an office building. It is incumbent upon designers, architects, and specifiers to factor in the costs of rising temperatures, and incorporate temperature-lowering cool roofs into their recommendations.
As more research and information is available on the impact of white versus black roofs based on geographic location, it is increasingly important that architects, specifiers, engineers and design professionals are educated on the effects of white roofing membranes in colder northern climates.
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