SOLACHROME™ Integral Coloring Treatment for High-SRI Concrete is a specially formulated coloring system using patented technology, which utilizes pigments with higher solar reflectance compared to many conventional hardscape materials.
This patented "cool pavement" technology helps reduce the heat buildup in the concrete. Reduced heat buildup can result in reduced heat transfer. Reduced heat transfer not only helps minimize the Urban Heat Island Effect, it also means that concrete surfaces can feel cooler to the touch.
Use SOLACHROME™ Integral Coloring Treatment for High-SRI Concrete any place you feel a reduced heat transfer would be beneficial.
Where to use SOLACHROME™:
- pool decks
- outdoor cafes
- theme parks
Cool Colors, Cooler Pavement
SOLACHROME High-SR Concrete Color is engineered to help keep concrete temperatures lower, and to minimize the unwanted transfer of heat into the surrounding air. This is achieved using specially formulated colors and patented technology, which utilizes pigments with higher solar reflectance compared to many conventional hardscape materials. This “cool pavement” technology helps reduce the heat buildup in the entire concrete slab.
Helps to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “The term “heat island” describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1 3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.”
One cooling strategy is to use “paving materials on sidewalks, parking lots, and streets that remain cooler than conventional pavements (by reflecting more solar energy and enhancing water evaporation) not only cools the pavement surface and surrounding air, but can also reduce stormwater runoff and improve nighttime visibility.”
SOLACHROME™ colors (colors are approximate)
LEEDv4 Projects & Sustainability
All pigments used conform to the requirements of ASTM C979 Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete. Specified Colors can exceed the LEEDv4 building material Solar Reflectance (SR) requirement of 0.33 or greater. This can allow colored concrete to contribute to earning LEED credits in the Heat Island Reduction category: Non-Roof for all BD+C categories.
LEEDv4 SS Credit: Heat Island Reduction Option 1 Nonroof and Roof
- LEEDv4 - Nonroof measures: Use paving materials with a three (3)-year aged solar reflectance (SR) value of at least 0.28. If three-year aged value information is not available, use materials with an initial SR of at least 0.33 at installation.
- LEEDv4.1 – Nonroof measures: Use paving materials with an initial solar reflectance (SR) value of at least 0.33.
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