Paint that keeps you cool

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There are lots of cool cities around the world, but how do you keep a city cool? Not only do many of them have to cope with sizzling summer temperatures, they also have to withstand urban heat island effects and – in several regions – the growing impact of global warming.

For many homes and buildings, the answer is air conditioning, but this requires significant amounts of energy. For example, according to government figures, 34 percent of household power in Singapore is used for cooling interiors.

In an effort to help tackle the problem, our coatings scientists developed Weathershield KeepCool, an exterior paint which can reflect up to 85 percent more infrared radiation than comparable exterior paints.

When applied to the outside of a house or building, the product reduces the amount of heat being transferred to the interior, which means less energy has to be used to keep it cool. Tests conducted by an independent consultancy in Singapore have shown that energy savings may be as much as 10 percent for a typical 15-storey building and 15 percent for an average house.

This ability to reduce heat absorption and lower energy consumption is typical of AkzoNobel’s Planet Possible approach to developing more eco-premium solutions that offer sustainability benefits for customers. But Weathershield KeepCool doesn’t just highlight our commitment to doing more with less. It also underlines how sustainable solutions can help the world’s cities to cope with the challenges of the 21st century.

Product benefits:

Surface temperature up to 5ºC lower than comparable products

Reflects up to 85% more infrared radiation than comparable exterior paints

Singapore’s energy savings

  • 10%
    for a 15-storey building
  • 15%
    for an average house