Tired of the Hot Air? ECA Partners with RCMA to Beat the Heat

  • From Left to Right: Laura Dwulet, Christine Knapp, Darlene Pope, Darrell Clarke, Liz Robinson
  • Laura Dwulet and UPenn Green Campus Partnership interns apply cool roof coating material
  • ECA
  • A group shot of volunteers from RCMA, UPENN and ECA staff

What do executives from the Roof Coating Manufacturer’s Association (RCMA), Penn students, and City Council President Darrell Clarke have in common with Philadelphia’s coolest block captain? They were all together during a heat wave on July 18th to apply cool roof coatings for low income row homes on the 1200 block of West Seltzer St. Working together, volunteers from RCMA, the Penn Green Campus Partnership, and ECA staff coated 16 roofs in less than 3 hours! The morning air quickly reached 90 degrees and, being in low-vegetation area, felt considerably hotter. Under a cloudless sky, dozens of volunteers took to the rooftops under the supervision of experienced roofers, to help make the 1200 block of Seltzer one of Philly’s Coolest Blocks.

With a drone overhead and coolers of ice-cold water hoisted up, nearly 30 volunteers took turns rolling the edges and using the spray applicator. While residents and volunteers enjoyed pretzels and water ice in the shade, Liz Robinson introduced Council President Darrell Clarke, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Director Christine Knapp, and block captain Darlene Pope. As confirmed by the roofing experts in attendance, now that these roofs are securely coated to resist both heat and the elements, they should never need to be replaced again.  

ECA is very grateful to Acrymax, Arkema, Palmer Asphalt, Karnak, and GAF for donating their excellent products for the Energy FIT Philly project. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers from 14 RCMA member companies: 

Acrymax Technologies
American Refining Group
Brewer Company
Crafco Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
Driscoll Consulting LLC
Engineered Polymer Solutions (EPS)
Gardner Gibson
National Coatings
Palmer Asphalt

Cool roofs are a great tool to mitigate the urban heat island effect and to slow climate change. Read more in Andrew Maykuth's Philly Inquirer article: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/energy/20160719_What_to_wear_in_the_heat__For_these_roofs__reflective_white_coats.html