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A combined experimental and analytical study documented the thermal performance of cool roofs in combination with other
roof and attic strategies. Cool-colored roofs are a first line of defense against heat transfer penetrating the conditioned space.
However, radiant barriers, above-sheathing ventilation, low-emittance (low-e) surfaces in an inclined air space above the roof
deck, insulation, and conventional and advanced thermal masses (i.e., phase-change materials) are all possible candidates that
can enhance cool roof and attic performance. Field data and benchmarked computer simulations are reviewed to better understand
energy and economic trade-offs in a variety of climates.

Citation: Thermal Performance, International Conference, 2010