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Energy 101: Cool Roofs

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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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.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Overall, the video is very easy to follow and presents sound scientific principals in the explanation.

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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