The sheer size and power of The Ohio State University is certainly something to brag about. However, one thing people are not bragging about is the amount of money spent on the energy used to maintain temperatures throughout campus buildings.
As everyone scrambles to find ways to reach carbon neutrality, they may be forgetting to simply look up. By using the U.S. Department of Energy Roof Calculator, converting the University’s roofing to “cool roofing” would not only save $60,000 annually, but also over 1.5 million pounds of carbon each year.
What exactly is cool roofing? It is a type of roofing that increases the amount of sunlight reflected, allowing the roof and building to stay cooler. It comes in various colors but the most iconic, popular and effective is white.
Costing the same or less as normal roofing and having similar life spans, there is no reason not to use this roofing technology. By reflecting more sunlight, the campus roofing saves money, energy and carbon by lowering air conditioning bills.
The University could install a cool roofing system like those from Conklin on Kottman Hall (which desperately needs a new roof) as a trial run and case study. Once the savings are realized, the University could then make a commitment to use cool roofing when replacing future roofs. There is no better place on campus to be a leader in sustainability than Kottman Hall, as it is the home of the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
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