The President's energy adviser recently suggested that all of the world's roofs should be painted white as part of efforts to slow global warming. YUP! Professor Steven Chu, U.S. Energy Secretary, said the proposal would mean that homes would also save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays. In fact, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist said he was in favor of "white roofs everywhere."
Of course, that's just fine with us here at Alys Beach! Every home here is required to meet the "green standard" of the Florida Building Coalition, and this is precisely why homes in tropical climates are often white, pastel or otherwise light colored. Light-colored homes = higher energy efficiency in warmer climates. For example, did you know that a typical asphault rooftop in Florida can reach a surface temp of 144-degrees during the hot summer days? Contrast that to 95-degree max of our white concrete rooftops.
Want to learn more about Professor Chu's comments? Check it out!