Weekly Poll (14)


Researchers are now considering how the “Whitest White” paint developed by Purdue University could slash carbon emissions and, in some cases, replace air conditioning units. Do you believe the use of coatings could aid in a global cooling effect?


How important is it to you to use green technology when it is an option?


The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently confirmed that the U.S. Green Building Council is piloting a new credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools and commercial buildings for the purpose of mitigating urban heat islands. Do you think the pilot credit will inspire more facility owners to integrate cool walls?


Engineers from Purdue University recently created what they’re calling “the whitest paint yet.” How long until you think building and facility owners will be able to utilize the coating to cool down their buildings as intended?


Global food and beverage company Kraft Heinz recently announced a new pilot program that’s demonstrating a roofing material made from the company’s recycled flexible packaging. Do you believe the recycled flexible plastic packaging will outperform current standard building materials?


In April, PaintSquare Press published “Cool Roof Policy Updates Trend in US Cities” regarding the installation of reflective roofing products on new and existing buildings in the United States. While the last 10 years have shown a major uptick in adopting policies by U.S. cities, how long do you believe it will take to incorporate a policy in each of the nation’s states?


Back in December, St. Louis became the latest city to pass green roof legislation, requiring that all commercial, residential and multifamily construction be “solar ready.” Do you believe the legislation will urge residents to take advantage of solar power?


At the tail end of April, NYC passed a green roof bill, requiring all new commercial and residential buildings in the city to have 100% green roofs made up of plants, solar panels or small wind turbines—or a combination of all three. Do you think 100% coverage is an achievable goal?


A recent feature notes that proper training programs are a necessity to prepare workers to recognize variables that cause a roofing system to fail. Do you agree?


According to a D+D feature published in January, hybridization and specialty additives will allow further development in the realm of waterborne roof coatings. Which area do you think will see higher performance?


The Denver Green Roof Initiative that passed last month in Colorado not only requires new, large buildings to be constructed with green roofs but also requires buildings of a certain size to install green roofs when the current one is up for replacement. Do you think more cities should follow suit?


Researchers are currently developing a glass-based coating for ships and rooftops. Do you believe this will be beneficial for protecting them from heat and sun?


Winter storms have wreaked havoc with buildings throughout the U.S. Northeast. How much snow and ice accumulation do you allow on your rooftops before removing or melting it?


What architectural energy improvements do you believe offer the best bang for the buck?


 
 
   

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