Chu introduces Cool Roofs Initiative
In July 2010, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu issued a memorandum directing that all DoE sites install cool roofs like those manufactured by Conklin when it was cost effective, when a roof needed to be replaced or repaired.
"It's only when it's cost effective," said Jennifer MacDonald, the director of DoE's Sustainability Performance Office, whose office was established to help DoE meet all of its sustainability goals and requirements. "These roofs ensure that we're gaining energy efficiency savings."
DoE has installed approximately 160 cool roofs, adding roofs when new buildings are being built or older roofs are being repaired. Those facilities have about 10% cool roofs, but they are ensuring that any new buildings or any buildings that need new roofs are going to have cool roofs installed.
"About 50% of the buildings at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are cool roofs, which is a 27% increase from 2010," MacDonald said. "A number of our other laboratories have also redesigned their building specifications to include cool roofs, such as the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, W.Va."
When Chu issued his memorandum, he also sent out a letter to other agencies encouraging them to work on cool roof initiatives. DoE helps agencies to do that via the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). "They are specifically designed to help assist other agencies in meeting all of the energy and sustainability goals," MacDonald said. "So FEMP has additional resources on their website about the types of roofs that can be installed, potential service providers and also helpful tips."
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