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How to Select Cool Roofs

Credit: 3 PDH or CE Hours
Course Fee: $36.00
29 pages

Course Summary:

Cool roofs can help many building owners save money while protecting the environment. This guidebook has been created to help you understand how cool roofs work, what kinds of cool roof options are available, and how to determine if cool roofing is appropriate for your building. If you are planning a new building or replacing or restoring an existing roof, cool roofs should be considered as an energy efficiency option. Cool roof products exist for virtually every kind of roof. Just as wearing light-colored clothing can help keep a person cool on a sunny day, cool roofs use solar-reflective surfaces to maintain lower roof temperatures. Traditional dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150ºF (66ºC) or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F (28ºC) cooler.
How to Select Cool Roofs

Learning Objective:

By the end of this course the student learns how the cool roof:

  • Reduce energy bills by decreasing air conditioning needs,
  • Improve indoor thermal comfort for spaces that are not air conditioned, and
  • Decrease roof operating temperature, which may extend roof service life.

Cool roofs also benefits environments:

  • Reduce local air temperatures, which improves air quality and slows smog formation.
  • Reduce peak electric power demand, which can help prevent power outages.
  • Reduce power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury, by reducing cooling energy use in buildings; and
  • Reduce heat trapped in the atmosphere by reflecting more sunlight back into space, which can slow climate change.

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Course Content

Course Author: Franco. Davati, P.E.

Course 1

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Certificate of completion of the course

This course comes with a multiple-choice quiz. You can view the quiz and take the quiz if you are logged in your account. You can take the quiz for this online PDH course as many times until passed. The passing grade is 70% and above. After you pass the quiz simply follow the page, to pay for the course and print your certificate instantly. A copy of the certificate and receipt for this course will always be in your account.

This online PDH or CE course can also be used as a continuing education course for the following.


PE Civil Engineers

PE Structural Engineers

PE Environmental Engineers

CE Contractors

Home and Building Inspectors

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