White Roofs

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently completed an economic analysis of white roofs versus their green and black counterparts. The debate over the relative merits of white versus green roofs is far from over, however.
Feb 5, 2014   Inhabitat
A recent study published by researchers at Stanford University shows how the heat island effect has little bearing on global warming and how painting roofs white actually may increase temperatures, writes David Malakoff for The Guardian.
Nov 3, 2011   The Guardian
The problem with white roofs is that while they keep apartments and the atmosphere cool, come winter people want that heat to absorb. A new high-tech roofing material switches from white to black when needed.
Oct 12, 2009   Fast Company
Under a new service program called NYC Cool Roofs, volunteers are painting New York's rooftops white to try to lower urban temperatures and save energy.
Sep 26, 2009   The Architect's Newspaper
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is the latest to get behind the idea that painting roofs and buildings white can help counter global warming.
Jun 2, 2009   The Times Online
White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.
May 20, 2009   Miller-McCune