The White Roof at the Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt Mansion

September 1 2011, 6:28pm

The roofs at the Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt Mansion have remained unaltered since the building was constructed in 1930… except for the color. The mansion’s two roofs, one above the entryway and another on the very top of the building, have been recently painted white in order to reflect sunlight and conserve energy. White roof paint reflects solar energy at a rate of 90% (as opposed to the standard black roof reflective rate of 20%). The white roof coating acts as a reflective surface that creates a more energy efficient environment for 60 East 93rd Street, as well as decreasing the amount of heat returned to the atmosphere. Carlton Hobbs has painted the roof white in order to support the mission of the White Roof Project, whose initiative it is to get every rooftop in New York City made white in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. This initiative is further supported by the New York Times article exploring white roofs’ cost efficiency. In the article, a couple from California recounts how, after painting their roof white, the interior temperature on a 100┬ádegree hot summer’s day dropped from 115 degrees to 80 degrees1. After painting our roof, benefits from the new roof could be felt immediately within the building. 1.Barringer, Felicity. “By Degrees: White Roofs Catch On as Energy Cost Cutters.” The New York Times, July 29, 2009. Newly applied Energy saving white roof paint on, Terrace above entrance at 60 East 93rd St

View of the Roof with White energy saving paint