City of Philadelphia Cool Roof Law and Building Code

In May 2010, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania approved legislation requiring all new construction in the city to use highly reflective roofing materials that meet or exceed Energy Star cool roof standards. The Cool Roof Law is a first step toward Philadelphia's anticipated adoption of green building standards.

Title 4 of the Code, entitled “The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code,”  was amended by adding a provision requiring that certain buildings have roof coverings that are white in color or Energy Star rated as highly reflective in Subcode "B"; and by making conforming amendments to Subcode “R” (“The Philadelphia Residential Code”); all under certain terms and conditions.

In April 2010, Philadelphia was one of 25 communities to be awarded a competitive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Retrofit Ramp-up grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The City and their partners will receive $25 million to transform the energy efficiency retrofit market in the Philadelphia area.

Along with funds from the EECBG, Philadelphia's Greenworks Loan Fund will provide capital for energy efficiency improvements to both homeowners and businesses in the region. The Greenworks Loan Fund will make loans ranging from $100,000 to $1 million at below-market interest rates, to help businesses finance energy-efficient building practices, materials, and equipment for major renovations and new construction projects. The Greenworks Rebate Program ensures that small businesses have access to capital to improve their energy efficiency by refunding up to 50 percent of the cost of energy retrofits up to $10,000.




Publication Date: May 2010

Related Organizations:

  • Department of Energy
  • City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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