Light-reflecting roof

Reducing the “Urban Heat Island” Effect

The urban heat-island effect refers to the elevation in temperature caused by buildings and the concrete and asphalt that surround them. This temperature elevation affects the microclimate and wildlife habitat. One way to offset the effect is to use materials that reflect rather than absorb the heat of the sun. The CSE features a white roof to reflect the sunlight. This has the added benefit of reducing cooling demand within the building.