Cool Roof Systems; What is the Condensation Risk?
A white roof, or cool roof, is constructed to decrease thermal loads from solar radiation, therefore saving energy by decreasing the cooling demands. Unfortunately, cool roofs with a mechanically attached membrane have shown a higher risk of intermediate condensation in the materials below the membrane in certain climates (Ennis & Kehrer, 2011) and in comparison with similar constructions with a darker exterior surface (Bludau, Zirkelbach, & Kuenzel, 2009). As a consequence, questions have been raised regarding the sustainability and reliability of using cool roof membranes in northern U.S. climate zones.
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- Conference: 10th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, Lund, Sweden, 20140615, 20140619
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- Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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- United States