Extremely important steps are being taken to reduce the effects of climate change, and “cool roofs” are part of the conversation.
Obama administration officials met with a nationwide task force of state and local leaders in Los Angeles Thursday to hear what the federal government can do to help communities confront climate change.Local governments could align their policies to encourage rooftop solar panels, “cool roofs” that reflect heat and streets that allow storm water to infiltrate and recharge aquifers, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Recent studies have shown the significant benefits that cool roofs have on reducing energy consumption. Studies are even more optimistic about the results in places like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Florida overall. The reason is that while the cool roofs help lower cost during the summer they may increase heating costs during the winter in places like New York. However, South Florida business and home owners have the advantage of the warm weather to increase the benefits of a cool roof.