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Energy 101: Cool Roofs
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/multimedia/video_cool_roofs.html

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy

This introductory video covers the basic facts about how to keep residential and commercial roofs cool and why it is important to reducing the heat island effect and conserving energy.

Video length: 2:17 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Sunlight reaching the Earth can heat the land, ocean, and atmosphere. Some of that sunlight is reflected back to space by the surface, clouds, or ice. Much of the sunlight that reaches Earth is absorbed and warms the planet.
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Energy Literacy

Conservation of energy has two very different meanings.
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6.1 Two meanings 'conservation of energy'.
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
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6.6 Behavior and design.
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Human use of energy.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Light and other electromagnetic waves can warm objects. How much an object's temperature increases depends on how intense the light striking its surface is, how long the light shines on the object, and how much of the light is absorbed.
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About the Science

  • This video states that traditional, dark-colored roofing materials absorb a great deal of sunlight, which in turn transfers heat to a building.
  • Evidence presented on how cool roofs can mitigate the heat island effect in urban areas.
  • The video also discusses how growing vegetation on top of a building is a cool roof variation.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The text version of the video has both the narration and description of the visuals. This can be used with screen readers by visually-challenged users.
  • There is closed-captioned text, but there are some minor inaccuracies.

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