Designing with energy efficiency in mind
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Constructing with energy efficiency in mind, buildings can reduce energy bills and is climate-friendly.
One of the key challenges in designing energy efficient buildings is to keep a constant temperature throughout the year, irrespective of whether it is cold or warm outside. Air conditioning could do the trick but it consumes a lot of energy. Fortunately, architects can now make use of “cool roofs” that alleviate our need for air conditioning.
The “cool roofs” work thanks to a layer of a coating, which adheres to the roof covering. This coating has a high solar reflectivity, which reduces heat penetration into a building and diminishes the need to use air conditioning. This coating is resistant to extreme temperatures and dirt.
Associated SDG targets
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The EU Green Deal and Europe’s ambition to become climate-neutral by 2050
Cefic supports the Green Deal and Europe’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2050. As recognized in the European Green Deal Communication, Energy Intensive Industries, such as chemicals, are indispensable to Europe’s economy, as our sector supplies key value chains.