About the Initiative

NYC °CoolRoofs is an exciting collaboration between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings to promote and facilitate the cooling of New York City’s rooftops. Applying a reflective surface to a roof helps reduce cooling costs, cut energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Join us as we coat New York City rooftops to make a greener, greater New York! The program supports New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as outlined in PlaNYC—the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan.

COOL ROOFS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

PROGRAM TOTALS

5,753,569 sq. ft of rooftop coated

5,614 volunteers engaged

2013 SEASON

2,077,537 sq. ft. of rooftop coated (record number!)

1,138 volunteers engaged

2012 SEASON

1,195,091 sq. ft. of rooftop coated

1,417 volunteers engaged

2011 SEASON

1,307,572 sq. ft. of rooftop coated

1,239 volunteers engaged

2009-2010 SEASONS

1,173,369 sq. ft. of rooftop coated

1,820 volunteers engaged

BENEFITS OF COOL ROOFS

  1. Reduce The Urban Heat Island Effect: Cool roofs reduce the urban heat island effect by reflecting the sun’s heat and could reduce the City’s temperature by up to 1°F.
  2. Reduce Peak Load Energy Demand: A reduction of 1°F can significantly reduce peak energy demand, considerably reducing the risk of brownouts and blackouts.
  3. Improved Environmental Quality: Reduce smog by lowering temperatures and energy demand.
  4. Energy Cost Savings: On summer days, air conditioning can account for approximately 40% of daily electricity use. White coatings can reduce these costs by 10–30% on average.
  5. Cost Savings from Reduced Energy Demand: White rooftops can reduce the temperature of a roof by 30 °F. Reduced temperatures from white roofs could result in as much as 50% savings on air conditioning costs in a 1-story building and 10% savings in a 5-story building.
  6. Cost Savings from Reduced Maintenance: Roofs will last longer due to less heat damage. Air Conditioner units will operate more efficiently and last longer.

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

Complete the the volunteer interest form.

°COOL IT YOURSELF

Dowload our °Cool It Yourself kit and remember to report your °Cool Roof.

SUGGEST A ROOF

Learn more about building eligiblity requirements for coating and suggest a roof.

SPONSOR

If your company is interested in sponsoring Cool Roofs through a service day, contact:

Wendy Dessy, NYC Service
212-442-7129, wdessy@cityhall.nyc.gov

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have questions, please contact:

Alexandra Lotero, NYC Service
alotero@cityhall.nyc.gov