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
Journal Editorial Board Memberships
Energy and Buildings , Editorial Board Member
Advances in Building Energy Research , Editorial Board Member
Estimating the solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA." In Solar 2008. San Diego, CA, 2008. "
Evolution of cool roof standards in the United States." Advances in Building Energy Research 2, no. 1 (2008): 1-32. "
Procedure for measuring the solar reflectance of flat or curved roofing assemblies." Solar Energy 82, no. 7 (2008): 648-655. "
Status of cool roof standards in the United States. Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2008.
Weathering of roofing materials – An overview." Construction and Building Materials 22, no. 4 (2008): 423-433. "
Cooler tile-roofed buildings with near-infrared-reflective non-white coatings." Building and Environment 42, no. 7 (2007): 2591-2605. "
Methods of creating solar-reflective nonwhite surfaces and their application to residential roofing materials." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 91, no. 4 (2007): 304-314. "
Cool Color Roofing Materials., 2006.
Inclusion of Solar Reflectance and Thermal Emittance Prescriptive Requirements for Residential Roofs in Title 24. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2006.
Inclusion of Solar Reflectance and Thermal Emittance Prescriptive Requirements for Steep-Sloped Nonresidential Roofs in Title 24. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2006.