NYC CoolRoofs is a City initiative that provides local jobseekers with training and work experience installing energy-saving reflective rooftops. The program supports the City’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050 (80 x 50)
, as outlined in Mayor de Blasio’s One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.
This initiative is a partnership between the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, and Sustainable South Bronx, a division of The HOPE Program. If you are a jobseeker and want to participate in the CoolRoofs training program learn more about eligibility requirements and enrollment
Building Participation Guide
This guide is designed to help you determine eligibility for coating your rooftop with us and outlines additional ways in which you can support and get involved with this program and other initiatives. At any point, we are also happy to provide additional technical support and resources to any New York City building interested in installing a cool roof.
Your building must meet general rooftop criteria
and the specified roof types
listed below to be eligible for coating with the NYC CoolRoofs Program.
General Rooftop Criteria:
- The rooftop must be flat
- The rooftop must be in good condition with minimal cracking
- The roof must be easily accessible (no hatch, ladder, or window access)
- The roof must be free of dangerous machinery or equipment that could impede work or put workers at risk
- The roof must have appropriate 3’8” parapet
- Granulated cap sheet
- Modified bitumen
NYC CoolRoofs offers cool roof installations at no cost
or low cost to select buildings as outlined below, with priority given to non-profits and affordable housing.
No-cost installations are offered to:
- Affordable/low-income housing
- Community or recreational centers
- Hospitals or medical care clinics
- Museums/theaters/other cultural centers
- Select cooperatively owned housing.
Low-cost installations are offered to:
- Building owners that cover the cost of the coating, which is provided at a discounted rate through vendors participating in the NYC CoolRoofs program. NYC CoolRoofs will provide the labor, technical assistance, and materials (e.g. paint brushes, rollers, gloves, etc.) at no charge if the building owners pays for the coating.
- Building owners that agree to share the coated building’s aggregate electricity consumption data a minimum of 2 years preceding and 2 years post cool roof installation. Please check with your utility company to confirm any costs associated with obtaining this data.
All participating building owners are encouraged to consider the following in order to further advance our program goals:
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- Report previously coated buildings
Have you or your company previously coated buildings outside of NYC CoolRoofs? Please let us know about any of your previously coated buildings so that we can count them towards our annual goal.
- Share energy usage data
We want to work with you to measure the impact of your cool roof on the building’s aggregate energy consumption and resulting utility costs. We encourage building owners to share their aggregate electricity consumption data a minimum of one year before and one year after to a maximum of five years before and five years after the cool roof was installed.
- Involve your tenants
Are your tenants interested in learning about their new cool roof or about energy saving practices for their unit? We’d be happy to provide opportunities for your building’s tenants to volunteer to help coat their roof or organize a “tour” for them to learn about its benefits. We can also provide additional material about best energy saving practices.
- Involve your building operations and maintenance staff
A cool roof is just one of the energy efficiency upgrades the City of New York can help you make. Please reach out to us if you are interested in other ways to upgrade your building, and we can help you access resources such as training, financial incentives, and education on new energy efficient technologies. More information can be found at nyc.gov/retrofitaccelerator. A program of specific interest may be the NYC Building Operator Training, which provides no-cost training to residential building operations and maintenance staff.