Dr. Ronnen Levinson is a Staff Scientist and Leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. Within his research portfolio he develops cool roof, wall, and pavement materials; improves methods for the measurement of solar reflectance; and quantifies the energy and environmental benefits of cool surfaces. He serves on the boards and technical committees of the Cool Roof Rating Council and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and advises policymakers, code officials, utilities, and building rating programs about cool surfaces. He holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 60 publications, and serves on the editorial boards of Energy & Buildings and Advances in Building Energy Research.
Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1997|Mechanical Engineering, M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1992|Applied & Engineering Physics, B.S., Cornell University, 1990
Potential benefits of solar reflective car shells: Cooler cabins, fuel savings and emission reductions." Applied Energy 88, no. 12 (2011): 4343-4357. "
Soiling of building envelope surfaces and its effect on solar reflectance—Part I: Analysis of roofing product databases." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 95, no. 12 (2011): 3385-3399. "
A novel technique for the production of cool colored concrete tile and asphalt shingle roofing products." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 94, no. 6 (2010): 946-954. "
Measuring solar reflectance—Part I: Defining a metric that accurately predicts solar heat gain." Solar Energy 84, no. 9 (2010): 1717-1744. "
Measuring solar reflectance—Part II: Review of practical methods." Solar Energy 84, no. 9 (2010): 1745-1759. "
Potential benefits of cool roofs on commercial buildings: conserving energy, saving money, and reducing emission of greenhouse gases and air pollutants." Energy Efficiency 3, no. 1 (2010): 53-109. "
Radiative forcing and temperature response to changes in urban albedo and associated CO2 offsets." Environmental Research Letters 5, no. 1 (2010). "
Radiative forcing and temperature response to changes in urban albedos and associated CO2 offsets." Environmental Research Letters 5, no. 1 (2010). "
Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities." Solar Energy 83, no. 12 (2009): 2120-2135. "