The Barrett Company is a Partner in the U.S. Department of Energy's “Energy Star® Roof Products Program”.
Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings - sixth of all electricity generated in this country.
A green roof, or rooftop garden, is a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. Green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. Green roofs absorb heat and act as insulators for buildings, reducing the energy needed to provide cooling and heating.
Products that comply with the program’s minimum standards of reflectivity, will decrease the amount of heat transferred into a building’s interior in summer conditions, thereby reducing the amount of air-conditioning needed, reducing energy consumption and the pollution generated to create the energy.
The benefits of ENERGY STAR labeled roof products include:
• cost and energy savings
• downsized air-conditioning equipment
• extended roof life
• decreased pollution
• reduced heat island effect
• independently set uniform standards of efficiency
Energy savings from installing ENERGY STAR roof products will depend on the geographic location and climate where a system is to be installed, the existing insulation values, the existing roof, the type of roof to be installed, and how well a system is maintained.
The Energy STAR performance specifications require the initial Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of the roof surface to be 0.65 or greater, and, after three years of installation, under normal conditions, the Solar Reflectance will be 0.50 or greater.
Ram Ultra White Acrylic latex roof coating complies and exceeds these requirements and is an authorized Energy STAR labeled product.
The ENERGY STAR Program has additional information available at:
The proper maintenance of RAM Ultra White coating includes annual removal of leaves, debris, and accumulation of other particulate matter. Depending upon environmental conditions, power washing with potable water may be required from time to time. RAM Ultra White coating is not recommended for water retaining roof assemblies. An annual evaluation is recommended.
Recoating every five to seven years should be expected to maintain high reflectively and to prolong the life of the roof membrane.