Cool roofs—both white and green— can counteract the urban heat island effect.
Cool Roofs Mitigate Urban Heat Islands and Climate Change
Both urban expansion and climate change are expected to raise the temperature of cities and the built environment.
A new report, Urban adaptation can roll back warming of emerging megapolitan regions, published in Proceedings of the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that cool roofs and green roofs can counteract both processes. The report was authored by Matei Georgescu of Arizona State University and Philip E. Morefield, Britta G. Bierwagen, and Christopher P. Weaver of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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