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Local Laws
Local Law 21 of 2011 (in PDF)

NYC °CoolRoofs
2012 Annual Review (in PDF)
2011 Annual Review (in PDF)
2010 Annual Review (in PDF)

PlaNYC
PlaNYC website
PlaNYC Full Report (in PDF)
PlaNYC. Progress Report 2010 (in PDF)

Department of Energy
Read the memo from the Secretary of Energy calling on the Federal Government to install cool roofs.
Department of Energy's guidelines on the installation of Cool Roofs.
Department of Energy's guide to Cool Roofs
Department of Energy's Cool Roof Calculator.
Watch the video 

Global Cool Cities Alliance
Global Cool Cities Alliance will accelerate a world-wide transition to highly reflective, cooler, healthier cities. Its mission is to advance policies and programs that increase the solar reflectance of our buildings and pavements to promote cool buildings, cool cities, and, most importantly, to mitigate the effects of climate change through global cooling.
Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit
Cool Roofs to Cool the World Presentation
The Global Cool Cities Alliance website

Con Edison
For more information about programs for commercial customers, refer to: Commercial System Relief Program and Critical Peak Rebate Program.
Con Edison: The Power of Green website

A Temperature and Seasonal Energy Analysis of Green, White and Black Roofs (in PDF).   Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research.

ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.  Check out the ENERGY STAR® calculator for estimating the monetary savings associated with having a cool roof as well as other additional information on Cool Roofs.
Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency
EPA ENERGY STAR® Roofing page
U.S. Department of Energy

Cool Roof Rating Council
The Cool Roofs Rating Council, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998, provides radiative property data on roof surfaces to improve the energy efficiency of buildings while positively impacting the environment.
The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) website

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) is a US Department of Energy Office of Science that brings science solutions to the world.
LBNL Cool Roof Material Database

The Heat Island Group
The Heat Island Group continues to monitor buildings and measure or simulate the effects of increased roof reflectivities for:

  • different types of buildings,

  • different climate zones and seasons, and

  • different roof insulation levels, angles and orientations.

This important research is needed to find the best ways to save energy and money using reflective roofing.
The Heat Island Group

The NYC Department of Design and Construction
The New York City Department of Design and Construction created a Cool and Green Roofing Manual which looks at the research to date and the potential for cool and green roofs in New York City,
The Cool and Green Roofing Manual (in PDF)

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
NYSERDA administers the New York Energy $martSM program, which is designed to support certain public benefit programs during the transition to a more competitive electricity market. Some 2,700 projects in 40 programs are funded by a charge on the electricity transmitted and distributed by the State's investor-owned utilities. The New YorkEnergy $martSM program provides energy efficiency services, including those directed at the low-income sector, research and development, and environmental protection activities.
NYSERDA website

NYC Green House
NYC Green House is a program developed by the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) in conjunction with The Community Preservation Corporation and in collaboration with public and private partners.   HPD is committed to supporting safe, quality affordable housing, promoting strong neighborhoods and encouraging sustainable development as an economically viable solution for building owners.
NYC Green House website

Urban Green Council
Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, is the premier forum for the development of environmentally sound building practices in the greater New York area. We offer over 90 educational programs each year, and make New York City more sustainable through critical advocacy initiatives like the NYC Green Codes Task Force.