Tag: cool roofing

  • Getting Cool Roof Rebates For Your Building

    If your building's roof is in need of replacing, a cool roof system should be a consideration. According to FacilitiesNet, some utility providers offer incentive for installing cool roof systems, and this alone should provide you with some incentive to look into cool roofing.

    However, if this hasn't sold you on it, "President Obama promising tighter efficiency standards for buildings and a system to cap carbon dioxide emissions, cool roofs are one way facility executives can ready their organizations," according to FacilitiesNet.

    In addition, you'll possibly get rebates from the gas and electric utilities of your building by going with a cool roofing system. The utilities usually pay back  a "certain percentage — usually about $0.20 on the dollar — after installation and documentation."

    Here is a list I compiled from FacilitiesNet of other rebate options for both commercial and residential buildings:

     In October of last year, President George W. Bush authorized the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Among the other legislation it contains, this law extends tax credits for use of ENERGY STAR-rated products — much like its predecessor — the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT).

    A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50 percent of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures that meet the criteria for any one of three building systems: the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling systems. These tax deductions are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2013.

    Another way facility executives may find some cash is some cities and states also award incentives to facilities that are voluntarily built to the rating systems for green or sustainable building systems — such as Green Globes or the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

    Many cities, Chicago among them, mandate minimum values. In Chicago’s case, however, the city government also provided grants to further spur cool-roof use. About a year and a half ago, the city announced $185,000 in grant money — equivalent to approximately 55 grants of $6,000.

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  • Are cool roofs worthwhile in Pennsylvania?

    Cool roofs have become an energy-saving phenomenon - by investing in a roof designed to lower cooling costs, many have saved money on utility bills and have spread the word.

    However, with a Pennsylvania climate, many people spend more on heating than cooling, bringing into question whether a cool roof is worth the investment. This is a significant question, to which there is only one answer -- it depends.

    In the suburban and rural areas of PA, the decision should be made on your current heating and cooling costs. Some houses are more efficient than others, and some areas tend to be hotter while others are cooler. Having a roof that reduces cooling costs means that heating costs may increase. Therefore, the decision to install a cool roof is based entirely on each individual house.

    In urban environments, another variable comes into play -- the urban heat island effect. In cities, temperatures are usually higher than in their surrounding rural areas, creating an 'island' of heat. This has to do with the absence of undeveloped ground and lack of vegetation in most cites, as well as the 'urban canyon effect' in which the increased surface area from tall buildings absorb more heat and tend to store it into the night.

    But what does this mean?

    It means that installing a cool roof in Philadelphia may increase your individual heating costs, but in the long run help to lower the cities heat which would decrease your cooling cost. Because of this, many cities (like Philadelphia) require cool roofs in their building codes.

    In the end, it's always worthwhile to have a professional come and look at your roof and help you decide. So call us today for a free, no obligation consultation, and we'll help!