Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping both corporate and private citizens save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
An Energy Star qualified roof product is a reflective roof product that lowers the surface temperature by up to 100 F (46 C), thereby decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building’s interior and and is subject to less expansion and contraction stress and less heat buildup.
Energy Star roof specifications are not restricted to any particular type of products but at the present time roof coatings, single ply membranes and metal panels make up the bulk of Energy Star roof products.
Some of the benefits of Energy Star qualified roof products include:
- Saves money and energy – can reduce energy bills up to 50% in the southern regions
- Downsizes cooling equipment – can reduce peak cooling demand by 10% – 15%
- Reduces “Heat Island Effect” – helps keep urban areas cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays
- Reduces pollution – lowers energy demand resulting in less burning of fossil fuels for power generation
- Increases roof product life – Energy Star products maintain a more constant temperature resulting in less stress from thermal cycling