In what is deemed as a model program for energy conservation, the roofs of buildings on one block in the Lower East Side of Manhattan (New York) were be painted with white reflective paint, the Manhattan Borough President's office announced recently.
Borough President Scott Stringer, along with Go Green! Lower East Side and a coalition of community groups, announced that 35,000 square feet of rooftop space were be painted with white roof coatings like those from Conklin. The coatings reflect 90% of sunlight and are expected to reduce cooling costs and electricity bills for tenants at 20 buildings managed by the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, a low-income housing management company that helps to preserve and develop affordable housing.
The 20 buildings are located on a single block, running from East Fourth and East Third streets between Second Avenue and the Bowery. The roofs were painted by volunteers from nonprofit groups FABnyc, The White Roof Project and NYC° CoolRoofs, a city initiative that encourages building owners to cool their rooftops by using reflective coatings.
“We welcome and enthusiastically support the White Roof Initiative, which will make our building roofs as much as 25% more energy efficient, thus lowering our electrical and fuel costs,” said Val Orselli, executive director of Cooper Square Mutual Housing, in a statement. “We are hopeful that this innovative program can be extended to the rest of our Lower East Side community.”
The roof painting is the first phase of an environmental sustainability program called the Model Block Project that will showcase a single block in New York City pursuing sound practices that enable residents to save money, as well as be environmentally conscious.
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