Cool Roof Technology "will help beat the summer temperature, experts have thought on a seminar here.
The Telangana government can embrace the trend by embracing the technology, said David Goldstein, co-director of the US Natural Resources Defense Council Energy Program. He suggested that the government should immediately make cool roofs mandatory for all public buildings.
On "Cool Roofs - Technology, Policy and Implementation," organized by the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), he suggested that the government could simultaneously provide an incentive program for low-income slum residents and immigrants. With climate change, cities around the world are facing the threat of ever higher temperatures. Low-cost solutions such as cool roofs have proven to be effective and provide several benefits such as health, energy and cost savings and reduced air pollution, Goldstein said.
New York program
As an example of the positive experience of New York City cooling roofing program launched in 2009, Goldstein underlined the need for cooperation in this area to make a big difference. The NY Cool Roofs is a city initiative that uses local talents to cover roofs in the five districts with a white reflective coating that reduces the energy consumption of the building. Participants work in teams after 2-3 months of training. The NYC Small Business Services Workforce team vendors the training of the participants and helps them migrate into fully committed work in sectors like construction and building maintenance.
The Hyderabad Cool Roofs Initiative, launched by the City Development Department, ASCI and the NRDC, IIIT-H, is working on the development of a cool roof policy program. Navin Mittal, Department Secretary, said the government would fully support the initiative, as this year is probably warmer than last year. At temperatures, which in some places touch 40 degrees Celsius, the government has underpinned the "Heat Action Plan" within the framework of the disaster management.
General Manager of ASCI RH Khwaja said, "Hyderabad is going for a good phase to safeguard it is residents through very dangerous temperature waves, particularly its most vulnerable - kids and the older people this summer." It could be a model for other heat-affected cities across India. "