City Council unanimously passed Councilman Kenney’s cool roof legislation, which will require all new construction in the City to use highly reflective roofing materials that meet or exceed Energy Star cool roof standards.
Cool roofs are good for the environment and easy on residents’ wallets. While installation costs for cool roofs are similar to those of traditional roofs, they also create significant energy and maintenance savings. Their reflectivity typically keep roofs 50 to 80 degrees cooler than black roofs on hot summer days. In turn, lower roof temperatures help residents save around 20 to 30 percent off their monthly energy bills, and extend the life of the roof.