What is the White Roof?
A White Roof reflects sunlight that hits it, instead of absorbing it as heat. This reduces the surface temperature of the roof, reducing cooling requirements. It is made from thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), and when combined with insulation, forms an energy efficient barrier to the elements.
How do we use it?
Our Firestone UltraPlyTPO membrane roof covers 16,000 square feet of our second floor office space. In addition to keeping the roof temperature low, the membrane reflects light into our skylights, reducing – and sometimes eliminating – the need for artificial light sources in these spaces. All rainwater that hits this roof is captured and used to flush toilets and urinals. It is an integral part of our Building Envelope.
How does it make us more sustainable?
A White Roof keeps the surface temperature of the roof cooler than if it was a more traditional roof surface. This means that the areas surrounding the building stay at lower temperatures reducing the local heat island effect. Warmer local temperatures caused by more hard surfaces and less green spaces mean higher building cooling loads, more greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, heat related illness and effects on water quality. Firestone UltraPly TPO membrane is a chlorine-free, non-halogenated and plasticizer-free eco-friendly solution that can also be easily recycled.