Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings - sixth of all electricity generated in this country.
- ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reflect more of the sun's rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building.
- ENERGY STAR qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent.
- Although there are inherent benefits in the use of reflective roofing, before selecting a roofing product based on expected energy savings consumers should explore the expected calculated results that can be found on the Department of Energy's "Roof Savings Calculator" website at www.roofcalc.com . Please remember the Energy Savings that can be achieved with reflective roofing is highly dependent on facility design, insulation used, climatic conditions, building location, and building envelope efficiency.
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Current Specification Effective Date: December 2007
Roof products originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in February, 1999.
- Product submissions must include initial emissivity data for all existing and new products. All new products cannot be cleaned prior to the three year test. Reflectivity requirements differ for low-slope and steep-slope roofs.
- ENERGY STAR qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10–15 percent.
- The ENERGY STAR energy-efficiency criteria do not include a specification for roof insulation.