Examples of some white roofs
Changing the world one roof at a time!
The first roof painted as a result of the project was this large villa in Mt Albert, Auckland, with a roof area of approximately 220sq m. Our thanks to Dorothy (recipient of the NZ Order of Merit) for her courage and pioneering spirit in being the first roof owner of the project.
Theresa's roof, in Hillsborough, Auckland, was painted white before the 2012/13 summer. Their house had been very hot during he previous summer after a neighbour had cut down a tree which had shaded the roof from the sun. She says the house has been beautifully cool through this hot summer and that the neighbours thought it looked nice, like a house in the tropics.
Heather of Bucklands Beach, Auckland, recently painted her roof white and says “I was up on the roof midday yesterday and what an amazing difference in heat, I couldn't believe it”.
Ron and Maureen of Tauranga have recently completed their eco sustainable house topped with a white roof.
“We have a white roof (bone white), just off white walls (half ash) and weathertex boarding at the front (painted with Resene reflective paint). We have solar power feeding back into the grid, solar hot water, water tank, natural clay plaster in some rooms, polished concrete floor (a sunroom with a 200mm thick heat pad) and other features”
Barbara at the Bali Hai Motel in Paihia had a new white roof installed on their motel. As well as making the units cooler in summer, the white roof also may play a positive role in Bali Hai's participation in the Qualmark Enviro program run by Tourism NZ for encouragment and promotion of businesses considering the environment positively. Barbara says “we used Slater Roofing, as they were really professional and got the job done on time.”
Fergus from Paekakariki sent in this photo of their re-roof. Their neighbourhood group "Kakariki St" has two white roofs after reading of the White Roofs Project. Kakariki is Maori for "green" and their group is an initiative dedicated to sustainability measures.
See here for their website's white roofs page.
Katherine of the Waikato Environment Centre, says her house in Hamilton East now has reroofing in white.
The Waikato Environment Centre: "A voice for the environment; a centre for environmental learning and action; and a support base for volunteer environmental groups". See http://www.envirocentre.org.nz/
Jean’s painted white roof on her 1920's cottage, Fairfield, Hamilton. Jean, like some others, also suggested the idea of a White Roofs sign to go on letterboxes or fence telling people what it is about and mentioning our website. It's a great idea and is on my list of to-do's when I have the resources.
CUE Haven is the story of the vision of Thomas & Mahrukh Stazyk to turn a 59 acre farm into a New Zealand native forest to create a haven for plant and bird life and a place for future generations to enjoy. The property is about one hour north of Auckland in the Kaipara Ecological District. The project to convert the old dairy milking shed into a nursery where they will propagate seedlings for memorial plantings is nearly finished, and for the colour of the roof they chose white after hearing about the White Roofs Project. Another grass roots project for change! For a link to their website and to read about their choice to use a white roof, click here.
Casey of Parnell, Auckland
Tim and Bridget of Marshlands, Christchurch
Bill of Empire Lodge, Masterton
Tim and Sue of Auckland
Monique of Berhampore, Wellington
Bill of Waitarere Beach (near Levin)
Jill and Maurice of Kohimarama, Auckland
Dorothy of Waihi Beach