Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Construction Science and Management (MCSM)


Construction Science and Management

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Dhaval Gajjar

Committee Member

Dr. Vivek Sharma

Committee Member

Dr. Jason Lucas


A sustainable building envelope is a crucial element to build energy efficient structures that contribute towards sustainable communities. The demand for sustainable building envelopes has grown in response to a growing emphasis on sustainable living. The roofing system is an important component of a sustainable building envelope because it influences the building's energy consumption and indoor comfort levels. The current study focuses on roofing systems and associated solar reflectance and albedo values to document the impact on energy efficiency via cooling/heating energy usage, dollar savings and temperature (ambient and surface) reductions due to the roofing systems. Additionally, the study focuses on organizing the data and findings based on study design parameters to capture the changing efficiency over solar reflectance and albedo values. The PSALSAR framework was used to conduct a systematic literature review. The framework compares the documented data from various literature sources with increasing solar reflectance and albedo values and its impact on energy efficiency. The systematic literature review considered data from 77 papers to analyze parameters like solar reflectance and albedo for different types of roofs, identifying key limitations and gaps using a survey that paves way for future study design on roofing systems. The study provides a useful tool to understand the impact of roof performance on energy efficiency and make informed decisions about the implementation of cool roofs.



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