New Smart Roof Technologies Could Have an Impact on Climate Change

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | August 19, 2019
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Recent innovation in smart roof technologies could have an impact on reducing the effects of climate change. For example, United Environment and Energy has developed a “bio-based thermochromic material that can selectively reflect and absorb solar heat.” The product is produced by coating asphalt shingles with a waste cooking oil substance that features an ingredient that makes it change color when it’s hot.
 
Researchers in Portugal created smart ceramic tiles that use a material similar to that found in smart windows. It allows infrared light to pass through, but blocks it after the temperature goes above 120-degrees F.

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