How You Can Turn Your Existing Roof Into a Cool Roof
An often-overlooked component of Title 24 compliance is roofing requirements. To follow the Title 24 regulations, any new construction, re-roofing, or repairs to existing roofs must be done with “cool roof” methods.
In this issue, the MEP engineering experts at K2D Consulting Engineers will explain what cool roofing is and share information about how it can achieve the Title 24 goals of realizing energy efficiency.
What is a Cool Roof?
Simply put, a cool roof is made of materials that reflect a higher than normal level of solar rays (including infrared, visible, and ultraviolet) away from the structure. It’s akin to wearing light-colored clothes on sunny days to keep cooler. Because they are absorbing less heat than traditional roofs, cool roofs can drastically reduce the reliance upon air conditioning.
How Do I Get a Cool Roof?
In most instances, your existing roof can be turned into a cool roof by choosing the right surface material. The majority of the coatings, which are available for most types of roofs, are thick and available in a host of colors. Because of their ability to strongly and successfully reflect more infrared sunlight, a white cool roof will generally be cooler than others. However, you are able to select from a wide variety of colors.
To meet the Title 24 requirements, the cool roof material must have an appropriate rating from the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), and be durable enough to maintain a certain level of solar reflectivity after three years.
Most roofs fall into two slope categories: low-slope and steep slope, and the cool roofing requirements for each is different. The MEP engineering experts at K2D Consulting Engineers will be able to advise you on the best type of cool roofing material most suited for your project.
What Are the Energy Benefits of A Cool Roof?
As indicated, the need for air conditioning will be lessened and individual household and business utility bills can be greatly reduced.
Other benefits of a cool roof include:
- Extending the lifespan of your roof because of the limited exposure to hot temperatures
- A reduction in power plant emissions, such as carbon dioxide, mercury, and sulfur dioxide
- A decrease in the likelihood of power outages because of a lessened demand for power.
For Title 24 compliance, call K2D Consulting Engineers
So much of our energy and money is devoted to keeping us comfortable in our homes and workplaces. The science behind cool roofing proves that this approach to building is effective in reducing the temperatures we live in and our utility bills.
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In addition to residential projects, we also have vast experience in designing and providing services for those in the health care, aviation, educational, energy, science and technology, and LEED industries.
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