ERA Analysis of Berkeley Labs Roof Study (Full Analysis)

The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is challenging a study released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which cites white roofs as the most “cost-effective” roofing option over a 50-year time span. The study, published in the March, 2014, issue of Energy and Buildings, also calls for the phasing out of black roofs. To help provide clarity regarding roofing system choice, and to refute some of the more egregious errors in the study, ERA convened a panel of experts to review the LBNL science and its conclusions. A summary of these findings follows: