The intent of this research is to determine if cool roofs lead to increased energy use in the U.S. and if so, in what climates. Directed by the LEED environmental building rating system, cool roofs are increasingly specified in an attempt to mitigate urban heat island effect. A typical single story retail building was simulated using eQUEST energy software across seven different climatic zones in the U.S.. Two roof types are varied, one with a low solar reflectance index of 30 (typical bituminous roof), and a roof with SRI of 90 (high performing membrane roof).
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- Architectural engineering
- Materials Science
- Climatic design
- Cool Roof
- Environmental Design
- Solar Reflectance Index
- Roofs--Design and construction--Climatic factors--Computer simulation.
- Roofing, Bituminous--Environmental aspects--Computer simulation.
- Roofing, Bituminous
- Roofs--Thermal properties--Computer simulation.
- Partial requirement for: M.S., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical referencesNote typebibliography
- Field of study: Architecture