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Can The Whitest White Paint Cool Down Your House?

  • July 12th 2023

by UrbanTurf Staff

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The whitest paint in the world may cool down your home and fight climate change at the same time. 

The New York Times reported today on the paint, created by a team of scientists at Purdue University in 2020. The paint, deemed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the whitest paint ever, does a lot more than color walls. 

From The Times article:

"The paint’s properties are almost superheroic. It can make surfaces as much as eight degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient air temperatures at midday, and up to 19 degrees cooler at night, reducing temperatures inside buildings and decreasing air-conditioning needs by as much as 40 percent. It is cool to the touch, even under a blazing sun. Unlike air-conditioners, the paint doesn’t need any energy to work, and it doesn’t warm the outside air."

While at least a year away from being ready for commercial and residential use, it will be interesting to see how widely the paint is used when it becomes available. 

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/can_the_whitest_white_paint_cool_down_your_house/21237.

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