I don’t know of any widespread efforts in any city in the US to paint roofs white as of yet. However, the US energy secretary (Steven Chu) is a firm believer in white roofs helping offset global warming effects and wants cities across the US to help paint everyone’s roof white. With a top official like Chu endorsing such actions, its only a matter of time before some cities start having initiatives to paint roofs white.
Having white roofs can reduce air conditioning costs by approximately 20% and cost less than dark colored roofs. California, Florida and Georgia have building codes that support white rooftops for commercial facilities. Many individuals have taken advantage of the energy benefits offered through the federal tax credits as well, by meeting the Energy Star criteria.
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