Image: SiteCool infrared absorption technology can greatly reduce the energy cooling costs for large architectural structures such as shopping centres and stadiums. © Shutterstock/PolyOne
An absorption additive from Colorant Chromatics, a division of PolyOne, is said to help reduce the amount of energy required to cool shopping centres, sports stadiums and other large indoor facilities.
‘SiteCool’ is an additive solution for fluoropolymer roofing systems that reduces the transfer of heat into the interiors of architectural structures by absorbing infrared energy contained within the solar spectrum.
“With SiteCool technology, owners of large facilities gain a new tool in the fight to make their sites more energy efficient,” said Barto Du Plessis, General Manager, Colorant Chromatics. “Stadiums fitted with roofing systems that incorporate SiteCool additive technology also offer a more comfortable environment for attendees and participants at events.”
The need to keep energy costs low is balanced by the desire to create a comfortable setting for attendees. Colorant Chromatics says SiteCool helps facility management departments meet both goals. It absorbs up to 50 percent of the infrared energy contained in sunlight, but does not hinder the transmission of visible light into a structure.
“Even on sunny days, roofing made with SiteCool technology can help maintain a lower ambient temperature in the stadium, greatly reducing cooling costs. It is an excellent tool to help facility owners meet their sustainability criteria,” added Du Plessis.