Washington, DC Construction Code: Cool Roof Provisions

Washington, DC’s Construction Code of 2008 for commercial buildings includes a provision on cool roofs in Chapter 15A.

Roof coverings for roof slopes less than or equal to two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17-percent slope or less) for buildings and covered parking shall conform to the this section. A minimum of 75% of the entire roof surface not used for roof penetrations, renewable energy power systems (e.g. photovoltaics or solar thermal collectors), harvesting systems for rainwater to be used on-site, or green roofing systems shall be covered with products that comply with one or more of the following:

(a) have a minimum initial SRI of 78.

(b) comply with the criteria for the USEPA’s Energy Star Program Requirements for Roof Products – Eligibility Criteria.


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Publication Date: January 2008

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