California Cool Roof Systems – How They Work
Cool roofs can cut building owners’ energy costs. Because cool roofs gain less heat than normal roofs, they reduce the need for air conditioning making buildings more comfortable to the people inside.
Cool roofs have other benefits, too. For building owners, they can cut maintenance costs and increase the life expectancy of the roof. And for society in general, cool roofs can even help to reduce the urban heat island effect that makes our cities hotter and produces unhealthy air.
When you install a cool roof on your home– cool roof systems work by reflecting the solar energy (heat) back into the earth’s atmosphere. Once the sun’s radiation reaches the roof, the light-colored surface absorbs only a small amount of heat, reflecting most of the solar energy back into the atmosphere. Very rapidly, our California cool roof systems are able to release (emit) the remaining heat that was initially absorbed by the roof back into the atmosphere. This process further reduces costs by lowering energy usage for air conditioning of the building. Our California cool roof systems ability to reflect significant energy and heat from the building provides the roof a much longer lifespan than a typical dark-colored or aluminum-coated roof which absorbs a majority of the heat
There are numerous incentives available to Californians that purchase qualifying cool roof products, ranging from financing to direct rebates. Some incentives are specific to utility service areas and others are statewide. Visit our website for a summary of these cool roof incentives and how you can qualify.
Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Programs
PACE programs allow property owners to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy investments through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bills. The following PACE programs allow for such financing on qualifying cool roof purchases for residential properties.
Various California locations
Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program
- The HERO Program is available in many California cities and counties, with more to come soon. To see which areas participate, see the list of HERO Communities.
- To be eligible, roof products must be ENERGY STAR certified, meet Title 24 standards for minimum solar reflectance and thermal emittance, and be installed per manufacturer’s specifications.
- For more information, visit the HERO Program’s website.
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Advanced Upgrade Package
Southern California Edison’s Advanced Upgrade Package offers up to $4,500 in incentives for homeowners that have achieved a specific reduction in their home’s energy consumption by completing a list of energy efficiency measures including installing a cool roof. Visit Energy Upgrade California for more information.
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