Dow, U.S Agencies Develop Cool Roofs | April 25, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 17 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 17 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 25, 2011

Dow, U.S Agencies Develop Cool Roofs

Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: roof coatings, dirty roofs
Dow already offers elastomeric roof coatings.
Credit: Dow Chemical
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Dow already offers elastomeric roof coatings.
Credit: Dow Chemical

In a project funded by the Department of Energy, Dow Chemical is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which itself will team up with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to improve elastomeric roof coatings. In particular, the partners want the coatings to resist the pickup of dirt and the growth of microorganisms to improve the white roofs’ ability to reflect solar rays. DOE estimates the improved coatings could reduce air-conditioning costs for commercial buildings by up to 25%.

 
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